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.