When I made my first short trip to Thailand, I still had this shitty 9-5 job in IT support. I hated every minute of it – just like any other job I’ve ever had.
I made around $15/hour.
That was the hourly rate (at least on paper) – factoring in commuting, I was probably making significantly less than that.
Days consisted of doing the bare minimum for roughly an hour and reading Thailand and travel blogs for the rest of the workday (while pretending to be busy).
Over the years, I honed my skills at pretending.
The reading I would do on my smartphone (company’s iPhone actually) which I placed below the computer monitor … from the perspective of the guy sitting across from me, it looked like I was legit busy.
Then there were those times when someone would come into our tiny office. Easy. I quickly looked up to the screen & again, seem genuinely busy.
Of course, all day long, I would hope NOT to get interrupted while I am trying my best to kill time. Occasionally, it did happen though and a few of the roughly 20 clients rang the support hotline.
I was the hotline guy 🙁
20 Minute Toilet Breaks
Another IT job I’ve had was equally soul-crushing. Worse yet, my computer monitor was facing the aisle (everyone could see what I was doing) and the dude working next to me always wanted to socialize.
Socialize = talking about meaningless, trivial BS.
I quit right around the time when the company made everyone track activities and time spent – and the team leader would do a weekly review of each person’s timesheet.
The activities I wrote down and what I REALLY did were two different realities, but it did at least allow me to take a number of toilet breaks each day.
Toilet Breaks. The highlights of my day (sadly).
Literally, 4-5 toilet breaks, each up to 20 minutes long. Every day.
Sometimes I’d read on my phone. Many times I did simply rest or sleep for those few minutes. Inside the restroom.
That was my existence. Day in, day out.
It was hell.
I was a 9-5 whore.
Most day jobs, you get paid by the hour. I think that conditions people to do as little as they can – only the bare minimum. That’s a fucked up work setup. There’s literally no incentive to do more, to work hard.
If you work on commission or are self-employed, the faster you work, the sooner you are finished. The more you work, the more money you make.
That’s the way it should be.
I get annoyed spending more than a few hours with friends – and those are people I like. Imagine what sitting/working with random people 40hrs/week felt like for me.
Hopefully, I have gotten my point across by now: 9-5 was hell & I had to get out.
[ If you’re wondering why I picked Thailand and not Somalia (hehe), here’s an older video where I talk about the entire story. ]
After My 1 Week Trip To Thailand
I came back to the office.
The following week, I quit my job.
I consider myself a rather reasonable person. I don’t ever fuck without a condom, taking drugs is not something I have ever considered and hopefully my zero fist fight track record will hold.
Quitting my job & traveling (to Thailand), however, was easy.
Life = Difficult (Don’t Kid Yourself)
People say life is easy. (Usually BS advice from smart-ass people OR people who “made it”. Kinda like Bill Gates saying money isn’t important.)
I disagree with that statement.
If you want little volatility, you would take the same approach for both living your life and investing – always going for the safest option.
That would lead to minuscule returns on your investments & in terms of life, it would yield exactly zero excitement, you’ll lack the feeling of being alive.
Life becomes more difficult and complicated when you’re taking risks. Yet, this is the only way to live life.
There are moments when you realize that taking risks while still being reasonable is quite the balancing act.
- You want to travel, but you would have to quit your job to do that.
- You have a large social circle, live with your girlfriend but you know that she’s not what you really want and neither is the life you’re currently living.
Do you leave it all behind for the unknown?
Those are fucking difficult decisions to make.
What’s on the other side of that wall of uncertainty might be better. Or it might not be.
One thing is certain. If you want to find out, you gotta approach that wall and climb over it.
I Used To Be A “Pussy”
Most people I know (that includes friends, family, acquaintances) fall into one of 2 categories. The smaller percentage of them could probably relate to this:
“Dude, you could die any second. Every minute lived is one minute closer to death. If you have enough for a plane ticket and $2,000 in cash, go and do it! You can always make more money, you can never get more time.”
The large majority of people are way more conservative though – almost always going for the safest, most reasonable choice available.
You already know what type I am …
I’d say at my core I am safety-oriented. Always trying to make reasonable choices with a long-term focus, so to speak. But I have also tried my best to cultivate the “risk-taker” part within myself – especially over the last few years.
What I cover here might not be for everyone (and it shouldn’t be) – it’s mainly for people that are already on the fence about traveling.
Thailand travel is the example here, but really it does apply to many situations that require diving head first into the unknown.
The Mantra: Don’t Be An Idiot.
First, don’t think you HAVE to travel, if you don’t really want to. Don’t feel pressured to do something just because other people do it.
Although, I personally think that it’s always better to give it a try and not like it rather then not trying it at all.
But I don’t want you to get the impression that I am trying to convince anyone to travel who isn’t interested in the first place. Certainly not.
Secondly, if you are not “financially stable” (yet), don’t travel.
You don’t travel to “live your life” with no backup plan, or barely any savings. It’s all about taking calculated risks, not being a full-on idiot.
If you have to quit your job to travel and plan on staying for a few months, I’d say the bare minimum is having $10k in savings.
Anything less and it’s risky already, unless you know you have a place to stay and very low monthly expenses.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, back to the people who this video is really meant for.
People that have enough savings. People that have relatives/family that they could always go back to in the worst case scenario. People like that who confuse quitting their job & traveling with actual risk.
Worst Case Scenario
You’ll have less savings. You might need a few weeks or months to find a new job. Big deal.
What’s going to happen if you don’t travel?
Well, first of all, if you want to travel, you’ll still think about it until you actually do it. It will still be there in the back of your mind.
Maybe you end up never having traveling and life works out fine regardless, but it’s not unlikely that you’ll regret it at a later stage in life.
There’s a difference between taking that chance when you’re young and waiting to travel until you’re 45.
In that sense, the risky option is to not travel.
Now onto a few things to make what I’m talking about more practical – otherwise it would be nothing more than one of those stupid motivational videos and probably lead to a bunch of guys quitting their job because “I inspired them to do so“.
Obviously, you should always go for the most reasonable option when taking chances. Let’s say you want to go to Thailand and you’ve never been there.
The Practical Steps
The first step would be to see if you can take a week or two off and go there.
If you like Thailand, you can always stay there longer and tell you boss to fuck himself. If you don’t enjoy it, no problem, you still have your job.
If you don’t get any days off within what you feel is a reasonable period, then you can really consider quitting your job. You plan for a 2-3 week trip to Thailand (using Thailand here as an example again), but keep all options open.
Again, if you have a good time there, you extend your stay.
That means, you invest ~$50 in a Thailand tourist visa and if you want, you can also book a one-way flight (and book the return flight while you’re in Thailand). I use FlyOnward for one-way flights.
Accept The Costs ($$$)
Mentally, you prepare yourself. You become comfortable with the fact that for a few months, your savings will go down … but that this is almost irrelevant in the bigger picture.
If you look back 20 years from now, there will be those few months where you spent more than you earned but it won’t make a big difference.
For some people, this important to realize. (It was for me.) Otherwise they’ll be miserable during their trip always thinking about how savings diminish further and further.
You are ready to spend $$$.
If you want to keep your expenses to a minimum, stay at home. Don’t even go to Thailand. I really mean it. The Thailand you get to experience for $500 per month, isn’t worth it …
If both things are taken care of (you got a vacation or quit your job and are mentally ready for spending money), you might either feel excited or like you’ve already done something very, very stupid.
What was I thinking? Traveling to Asia? Quitting my job? I should have never done that!
It’s normal. Just endure those periods of discomfort and you’ll be better off eventually.
So there you have it. That would be my answer to someone asking,
“Should I travel? I am not sure. Please tell me what to do, King Epic! You are my guru. You know everything. I can’t make decisions on my own.”
Where To Continue
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