Chit-chats Travel Tuesday

I Quit My Job to Travel!?

Words: @oliverinstead • Location: Somewhere pretty in Phnom Penh

So for those who follow me on socials, I’m sure you would’ve noticed that I’m currently touring Southeast Asia / working my way through the map from Phnom Penh to Penang, from Kampot to Kuching.

Today, I would like to chat quickly and briefly about why I decided to quit my day job to travel for two months.


So far into the trip I’ve strutted down both Wua Lai and the “Walking Street” markets in Chiang Mai, where I also petted a few elephants and shared a kiss with one of them. I’ve witnessed Angkor Wat – one of the new Wonders of the World as well as a handful of other temples in Siem Reap. Just yesterday, I visited the “Choeung Ek” Khmer Rouge killing fields and the S-21, aka Toul Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh and today, I take the bus headed to Sihanoukville where no doubt I’ll be adding to the list as I go.

These are part of the reasons I travel – to further enrich my life whilst I’m still able, to educate myself because there is only so much you can learn from a travel guide, a text book, a brochure or a blog / YouTube channel.


REAL TALK, tho : money can be tight, especially when you decide to also fly your entire family of 9 out on a weekend trip away to celebrate your mother’s birthday, ALL-INCLUSIVE too, don’t let me forget that vital piece of info.

So unless you’re packed with cash, to travel (for such extensive amount of time) equals to sacrifice stability. Your job probably wouldn’t give you the flexibility, which in all honesty mine wouldn’t have, therefore I quit. Simples. As much as it’d allowed me to save up and do all these fab things I’m doing, when I’m 80, old and grey, living off a drip bag, the days spent in the office is not how I prefer to recount my younger years… bathing in murky water with four beautiful Asiatic elephants and their fibre-rich droppings, however, is… as gross as it may sound.


If ever there was O N E motto I lived by, it’s : the only time you have to do whatever you want to do, is now.


So now you know, I gave up my job not to travel or fulfill a seemingly glamorous lifestyle that isn’t always what it seems on the square grid or can be distilled into 120 characters but to curate a thrilling adventure flick worth watching when my life rewinds before my eye – morbid thought? Perhaps. Truth? 100%.

How about you? What makes you want to travel? And how do you make time and money to travel? Let me know in the comments below!! For the upcoming weeks, expect to see more “style meets travel” sort of posts coming to the blog. Until then, stay flawless.


Oliver ❤


P/S Follow my travel #Stories on Instagram @oliverinstead to share the experience with me.

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    January 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Good for you! That’s so lovely you treated your family for your mum’s birthday too. Each time I’ve travelled I’ve had an insanely tight budget but if you prioritise what you’d like to spend money on and cut back on what you can/don’t mind (i.e hostel over hotel or homecooking with host family/hostel over eating out) then it’s always doable. Hope you’re having the most amazing time! x

    Yasmin x
    The Sweet Seven Five

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      February 1, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks for the comment, Yasmin! Yes, budgeting is key if you want to travel but don’t have a load of cash hanging about… and thanks, I wanted to give my mum and family the experience (of travelling together) so I’m glad we get to do this weekend trip together…

      O x

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    February 1, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Very inspirational! thank you for sharing.

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    Old Fashioned Susie
    February 1, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Fantastic! You only live once and I completely agree, enjoy the freedom xx

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      February 1, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Susie! Life doesn’t seem too bad right now as I just watched the sunset by the beach in Sihanoukville, CAMBODIAAA!! ???

      O xxx

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    February 2, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Good on you for following your dream, the life experience you’ll get from travelling will stay with you forever. I’d love to travel around Asia, but with a toddler it’s impossible to save up at the moment. Enjoy your travels.

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    katya willems
    February 2, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Good for you Oliver! I went travelling when I was 25 and it was invaluable experience, that you’re right, you can’t get from an office. Carry on enjoying. x

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