November 2011. In a little cramped room in a Kyoto capsule hotel.
I dropped the heavy futon onto raised the tatami floor with huff. A thought that had been brewing in my mind for years started bubbling.
Like the bubbles in a bottle of sparkling wine, the thoughts want an outlet.
They escaped. And I blurted them out, “I WANT TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD!”
The only witness is my mother who didn’t even bat an eyelash. She knows I’m not really one to follow through my plans so she isn’t worried I might actually do it.
That was the day I made up my mind to travel around the world. And no matter what happens or how long it will take. I will make it happen.
August 2013. My home in Kota Kinabalu.
I’m in the yard of my home, posing for a photo.
I have a suitcase (bought in La Serena, Chile), a backpack and a fabric shopping bag with a woolen coat bursting out of the mouth.
I did it! I just finished my 130-day journey around the world, stopping in 13 countries.
I’ll need to catch up on my sleep for a while before I can face the world. But I’m tired and happy.
Two years of planning
So what happened between 2011 and 2013? The two years it took me to formalize my wish to travel around the world, plan the trip and actually go on it?
- I calculated how much money I would need for the trip and saved for it.
- I researched about visas, climates, and types of plane tickets.
- I read books after books about travel planning for a long-term trip.
- I made a cruise booking and my flight bookings in advance.
- Then I quit my job to start the trip.
Leaving your job to travel around the world isn’t something you can do in a week’s time. (Well, if you have the money, I won’t stop you.) It takes lots of work to make it a trip you can afford.
Your Big Break the book
If you want to quit your job to travel around the world, I have the planning resource for you. My book Your Big Break: Guide to Leaving Your Job to Travel the World and Back details how I planned for the trip.
It helps you overcome the fears of realizing your dream of travelling around the world, plan the trip and the things you need to take note of when on the road.
I’ve also included tips to keep you employable after your trip.
If you’re thinking of getting the book, this weekend is a good time. I’m offering a 50% discount on the ebook as part of a pre-Cyber Monday sales.
The package includes PDF, MOBI and EPUB versions of Your Big Break.
Sign up for my newsletter where I’ll be sending the promo code and link on 26 November. You only have 48 hours to get it at half price.
PS If you already have the book, you can get it for someone else for Christmas.
Let me know if you’re already planning such a trip or you’ve been dreaming of doing it for a while but never got started. I’ll help you out.