Quit Your Job & Travel The World
Are you interested in quitting your job and traveling the world, but aren't quite sure where to start? I've got the book for you! The aptly named Quit Your Job & Travel The World, by Anjali Sareen, covers all the topics you'll need - and more. In her book, she covers why to do this (!!!0, her story, making the decision to do it, what to do before you leave, how to pack, ways to make money on the road, finding cheap or free accommodations, deciding where to go, budgeting, departure, dating, eating, staying fit, learning new skills, safety tips, staying connected, and many more.
Anjali is a lawyer and writer that decided to quit her job to travel the world full-time. Anjali believes the world has become, in many ways, a scary place with too much "otherism." We've forgotten we're actually all the same, and Anjali believes that traveling and opening our minds again can change our world. Anjali describes herself as a girl who believes in feminism, LGBTQ rights, non-monogamy, veganism, a child-free life, the end of racism & better tomorrow, traveling the world full-time to figure out how she can help make it a better place. A big part of that is learning to live in the moment and enjoy our fellow humans and their stories.
It's the best guide I've seen to learning about this path, and contains concrete steps, ideas, and guidance to learning about - and fulfilling - this dream. We love it - and so will you! Are you ready? Let's go!
We were lucky enough to catch up with Anjali, learn about her book and inspiration, travel plans, and more. Here's what she had to say...
Please tell us about your new book, Quit Your Job & Travel The World...
Thank you so much for reading and reviewing my new book! Quit Your Job & Travel The World is the everything resource for someone that wants to build a whole new life of travel – or even just newbie travelers getting ready to make travel a bigger part of their life. It has lots of lists and resources and helpful advice to start building the life you really want.
What inspired you to write this book?
When I started my own specific journey (by, of course, quitting my job to travel the world), I really wasn't sure what I was in for. Of course I had read blogs and articles, but I wanted someone to tell me not only helpful advice about the logistics of travel, but also the emotions behind the journey from deciding to travel to actually traveling. The book came from my own need for advice and helpful research but it became a way for me to help fellow travelers and wanderlust minded people.
How are your travel plans unfolding? Do you find yourself traveling more slowly than when you first started, or...?
Yes, definitely! When I first started traveling, I think I was focused on hitting as many places as I possibly could. Now that I've been "on the road" for a while, I'm realizing that I want to take the time to really enjoy a place and experience everything it has to offer. I also miss my puppy like crazy when I travel (she's currently staying with her aunt), so that's definitely influenced my decision to take more breaks instead of going nonstop.
What might people be surprised to learn about finding a new life/path in travel?
It's just like any other life path, it has its ups and downs. Some days are good days where you feel like traveling is the greatest thing in the world, and some days are bad days where you miss your family and friends and want to feel a bit more settled. But, through all the challenges, if it's a path you really want to follow, it's worth it!
What are your top tips for living a travel life?
1. Focus On What You Love - Stay connected to things and people you love by regularly Facetiming/Skyping friends and family, or doing the things you'd normally do at home that make you happy like journaling or working out. It's important to keep what and who you love part of your daily routine because they'll help keep you grounded.
2. LITMO - I'd also say one of my favorite tips is the one I heard from my dad growing up – live in the moment only. While you're traveling, it can be so easy to get caught up in documenting your journey for social media or finding ways to be as digitally connected to the world as possible. But, it's totally okay to take time away from those things and focus on doing what makes you happy, even if that means sitting on a hammock in Costa Rica with a book and a whole lot of silence. After all, the point of venturing out on a travel life path is building a life that makes you happy.
3. Ditch The FOMO - My last tip would be, don't have FOMO! It can be so easy to get lost in the Internet world of "Top 10 Places To Visit" or "Top 5 Things To Do" that you'll find yourself trying to check off all the boxes on those lists before you realize that you don't actually care about the list! Make sure you are traveling because you want to, and visit the places and do the things you actually care about.
What's up next for you?
What's up immediately next is hiking the Inca Trail and Rainbow Mountain in Peru, and then visiting a high school friend I haven't seen in years at her new home in Santiago, Chile. What's next after that, though, I don't know! But that's part of the beauty of living The LITMO Life – I can decide on a day by day basis what I want to do next.