Why You Should Leave Work Behind to Travel

Kayaking in Alaska

Tom: This is a truly inspiring guest post by Susan Shain, the founder of Travel Junkette. Having read it, I now want to get up off the couch and immediately see more of the world!

If you’re like many people, it’s”Quitting my job to travel the world.”

Unfortunately, for most, this remains nothing more than a dream. Excuses pile upon life which piles upon excuses, and before they know it, they’re on their deathbed.

For LWB readers, however, it doesn’t have to be just a dream.

With a flexible career, it’s now possible to work while traveling the world – so what are you waiting for?

Things Are Going to Change Around Here…


I’m writing to you from a train heading towards San Diego. I waved goodbye to LA this morning, just as I had done to San Francisco and Portland before it.

In the last couple of weeks – as I have been working my way down the west coast, most notably stopping off in Portland for the World Domination Summit – I have been inspired time and time again. Not only will I get back to the UK on Friday morning with what I consider to be three extremely exciting business ideas, I also have a far clearer (though certainly not transparent!) view of what I want to do with what I already have.

And that leads me to this post, which acts as a milestone for Leaving Work Behind’s next stage of evolution. If you want to find out more, read on.

11 Lessons Learned From Visiting 11 Countries in 11 Months

Relief workers

Tom: This is a guest post by Betsy Ramser, the creator of Live a Greater Story, where she shares her travel adventures and teaches 20-somethings about the importance of living out your ideal story, creating community and adding more fun and joy to everyday life.

Over the course of 11 months I traveled to 11 different countries throughout Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia. Although I had already finished college and graduate school, those 11 months shaped me and changed me in ways that 24 years of being in school had been unable to.

Traveling the world is an amazing experience and I would love to be the first to cheer you on. However, if that is not an option right now then explore your own little part of the world more fully.

Regardless of whether you are an extensive world traveler or have vast experience in your home country, I would love to share a piece of what I learned in each country that I visited. My favorite way of connecting is one-on-one with a deeply roasted cup of coffee. So, settle down with some tea or coffee and I will share with you 11 tips from 11 countries around the world.

Practical Things to Remember When You Leave Work Behind


So many of us dream of taking the plunge – quitting our 9-5 jobs and living our dream life. That’s what the Leaving Work Behind community is all about.

But while we all understand that a viable, profitable business is a prerequisite for permanent self-employment, there is much more to it than that. Until I started seriously considering quitting my job for good I had no idea of all the things you need to consider.

Though saving up money to meet obligations and bills before you quit naturally comes to us as a responsible and smart thing to do, there are many more things that should make the list of considerations when it comes to saying goodbye to your job.

Launching a Website From Scratch – A Complete Beginner’s Perspective


Tom: This is a guest post by Jamie Logie, a personal trainer and nutrition and wellness specialist from Canada who runs Regained Wellness – a site dedicated to helping people take back their health. This is a must-read for people who feel intimidated by the process of creating a website and/or blog!

I have worked in fitness and nutrition for a long time and decided that I would dip my toe into the waters of the internet to see if I could make an impact and ultimately reach more people worldwide.

It ended up being a much longer process than I anticipated, but the delayed time ended up being a blessing in disguise.

Through this article I will show you the steps I took to get launched, including:

  • Education
  • Domain names and hosting
  • Email services
  • Design and images
  • Selling products
  • Ways to launch with a bang

Most importantly, in this post I take you through the times I was in over my head, and what I did to recover and take positive action.