I’ve quit my job to begin a life of travel

It’s a pretty bold title isn’t it?  Happily I can say that it’s all true.  Today was my last day of work.  After 6 years with the same soul-destroying company, I have finally quit my job to begin a life of indefinite travel.

I feel like that’s all I want to say right now and yet there is so much more that needs to be said.

Like the fact that I’ve had my visa and ticket booked since December and the reason I could only hint at my intended destination (as opposed to telling you all about my plans) was because work were looking for any excuse to get rid of me (after spending all of last year trying to fire me for standing up for myself) so I needed to stay as quiet as possible.  But now I can say what I have wanted to since I booked my journey all those many months ago…

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I start my journey on October 1st when I fly to Sydney on a one-way ticket!!!  After that, I don’t know what happens.  I have a working holiday visa so the very loose plan is to work and travel around Australia for a couple of years followed by a couple of years in New Zealand and then, who knows?  There are more than a few places around that part of the world that are on my bucket list such as Micronesia, Fiji, Borneo; the list goes on.

I don’t know what’s going to happen over the next few years because I can’t predict the future but you’re more than welcome to, via my little slice of internet, come along for the ride…I think it’s going to be a pretty special one 🙂

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  1. Oh that’s really cool!! What will you be doing for work in Australia??

  2. Good for you!!! Make the leap and the answers will come!

  3. Whoop whoop! Awesome Toni! So happy for you, you are going to have THE best time! Can I come along in your backpack please???? x

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  4. YEWWWWWWWWWW we can finally talk about it! Stoked that you managed to survive your god awful employers and can go enjoy some much deserved fun – cant wait to see where the adventure takes you!

    I’m sure we’ll cross paths along the way 🙂

    LET THE COUNTDOWN COMMENCE!

  5. Good stuff Toni! See you in Oz soon! 🙂

  6. Congrats Toni! I didn’t realise it was being kept such a secret from your job (and for those reasons!), so that must have felt amazing walking out that door for the last time! 🙂

    Here’s to many amazing adventures ahead!

  7. How exciting! I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures. And I think it’s great that you don’t have a plan in place. So many people are tempted to try and plan every little detail but, as the saying goes, ‘life happens while you’re busy making plans’ so it’s best just to live it!

  8. Congrats! Oz is an amazing country and Sydney a fantastic city. Enjoy the sunshine and the beaches 🙂

  9. Sydneey

    Brilliant! I wishes I had such courage to jump. I’m too tied to my family here, so can only manage short breaks. You will have a blast! You are about to live my ideal life:-)

  10. Yay! Yay! Yay! I’m so happy for you!! I have to come visit! (I’ve been wanting to move to Australia for the past three years but never took any action towards it.) GO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!

  11. Yey how exciting! Friday was my last day at work too, although I definitely haven’t been hiding it and have been banging on about it for months haha! I fly to Bali on a one way ticket on 12th September, with about as much of a plan as you – I think letting the adventure unfold is way more fun 🙂 Maybe our paths will cross! 🙂

  12. Toni, I am SO excited to read about your time in Australia — I know every post is going to make me “home sick” for Oz!! I miss it so much, but I’ll get to revisit it through your experiences 🙂

    Don’t hesitate to quit a job in Oz if you find it isn’t worth it too. After a few months, I realized the one I had, while perfect in some regards, wasn’t the most healthy in terms of how certain people were being treated. Keep standing up for yourself!

  13. Looking forward to hearing about all your exploits! I am WELL jealous. I did a similar thing at the age of 29 and it changed my life… in many many ways… (most of them good) x

  14. So exciting!! Congrats and enjoy =)

  15. Bex

    Well done you! I decided the ‘non-traditional’ way of life was for me a few years ago – worked, travelled, did a TEFL course and am, for the time being, in Greece. It appears I’m ‘settled’ ehre (well, this’ll be my 6th year here) but who knows? Am prepared to go again if I choose to.

    That’s the great thing – choice. It’s great when you reclaim your power back by doing something you so want.

    Well done – keep us updated with your travels.

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  16. A brave decision to get out of your comfort zone Toni. Good luck, i am sure you will not regret it! You dare to do it, you well deserve the happiness of travel.

  17. Tatiana – I have no idea! 😮 🙂

  18. Rhonda – hoping so! Thank you 🙂

  19. Helen – since I have suitcase, I am sure you can fit in it since you’re so tiny and lovely 🙂 x

  20. Chris – yes we can finally announce our conversations to the world – although you already do that for me 😉 I hope it’s an adventure too – thanks hun!

    I have no doubt our paths will cross 😀

  21. Kieron – Definitely! 🙂

  22. Carl – It really did feel amazing knowing that I’ll never have to go back there again and that hopefully I can start to look forward in life 🙂

  23. Monica – I don’t think I really have a choice on the plan making hehe. It’s a sort of ‘get there and see what happens’ so fingers crossed it all works out 🙂

  24. Charlie – will do! There have been some beautiful days here already 🙂

  25. Sydneey – I can understand your family ties and feeling too scared to take the jump; it’s a scary thing to do. I’m sure you’ll manage something one day 🙂

  26. Priya – Come on over 😀

  27. Clare – I didn’t realise you were planning the ‘big adventure’ too – how exciting for you 🙂 Eeek we’re awesome haha. I’m sure our paths will cross if we make enough effort 😀

  28. Heather – I shall try and make my trip as epic as possible just for you then 🙂

    Thanks for the tip about quitting a job; I have to admit that it doesn’t come easily to me but I’ll remember that I don’t have to expect low standards simply because I’m here on a working holiday visa!

  29. Drew – Glad I could help you hear it 🙂

  30. Jeremy – I could definitely do with some life changes that’s for sure so fingers crossed I get some good changes and I’ll see where life takes me 🙂 x

  31. Andrea – thank you! 🙂

  32. Bex – 6 years in Greece? Wow! That sounds lovely and so nice that you have the freedom/ability to decide if and when you want to leave. I think you’ve got it spot on; choice is the key. If you feel you have choices in life, things can nearly always seem a little better.
    Thank you for your great comment Bex!

  33. Tammy – I’m very nervous but so glad I left! 🙂

  34. Matthew – It’s definitely one of the biggest decisions I’ve ever made that’s for sure!! I’m sure Australia will bring me great happiness 🙂

  35. Frederick – Amen to that! 😀