Why It’s Not Crazy for Working Professionals to Quit Their Jobs and Travel the World

By: Adam Seper
  1. Graduate high school
  2. Go to college
  3. Start your career
  4. Get married
  5. Buy a house
  6. Have children
  7. Watch them grow up
  8. Send them off to college, then to start their careers
  9. Become a grandparent
  10. Retire, travel, and enjoy life

 It’s the American dream, right?

Anyone who has grown up in the United States usually has some variation of what I like to call the “10-point-plan.” It has been ingrained in our brains since youth. The majority of Americans just take this life path as if we have no other choice.

With that simple statement, our “10-point-plan” was about to be turned upside-down.

I have to admit that even though I loved to travel, the thought of traveling internationally for a long period of time never crossed my mind. I wasn’t exactly ready to purchase a house and start popping out kids, but I also wasn’t ready to completely blow up the “10-point-plan.” My initial reaction to my wife’s question on that fateful dog walk wasn’t exactly positive, and it was the reaction that most others had once we eventually decided to take the trip and told them what our plans were.

Most Americans think it’s absolutely insane to quit their jobs to travel for a year. If it’s something you’re thinking about doing, you will probably run into many questions from friends and family who don’t think it’s possible. After a while, we found that the same three concerns kept popping up.

Here’s how you can put yourself, your family, and your friends at ease.


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