During my travel, I’ve met a lot of travelers who left their job to be a digital nomad and earn their money from either their business or their ability to work remotely with the help of internet connection.
As someone who has to work a 9-to-5 job for a living, at times I feel like I want to have that kind of life until I had a random conversation with Christine, my traveling partner in Sa Pa whose life is pretty much similar to mine.
Except better for her, since she works as a teacher who deals with children every day most of the time. Unlike me who has to deal with a boss who gives me a hard time on the daytime with clients who are hesitant to decide this and that.
Then, what’s in between 9-to-5 job and traveling?
In this digital nomad era, quitting my job to buy a one-way ticket to Thailand might sound tempting, but then it would be hard for me to actualize this kind of plan. Not only because of my financial situation, but also I hate the idea of having to work in-between my travel.
I used to work as a flight attendant a couple of years ago, and before I started flying I thought that it would be a dream job as I would get paid to travel.
Despite the fact that the airline that I worked for didn’t really have cool destinations like LHR or LAX in their route, I have understood that if there’s any job in the world, the one that includes traveling might be just not for me.
Traveling is something that I value in my life because not only it helps me to refresh my mind, but also it is something that when done, I’m at my happiest state of mind.
And to mix work and travel in one dimension, I got to the point that it’s blurry for me to either enjoy or hate the activities. For example, sure flying is cool because I could have a layover somewhere nice like Manila or Kuala Lumpur for fairly long hours to hang out somewhere. But it’s not always the same as when I actually put some efforts to make my own itinerary to be somewhere new for a few days. The vibe is just different.
So I tried the 9-to-5 job, only to find out that no matter how much I hate my life because of my job, but then I’m always thankful for my chance to travel because it reminds me to keep myself alive with those things outside my cubicles.
If there’s anything that I and people like Christine value the most, it is that we value work and life balance.
My 9-to-5 job is not the best job in the world, but it helps me to make my ends meet and travel in my spare time. Hopefully, I will also be able to collect some money to start my own business somewhere.
If there’s anything that I have learned about what’s in between my 9-to-5 job and my vacation, it is the chance for me to actually be thankful for each one of those.
During my travel, I’ll be thankful for my time to get away from my job. And when I come back to work, there’s a slight grateful feeling of earning some more money for the money spent during my holiday. In my case, I think it’s a win-win solution so far.
Needless to say, I’m glad that I still work 9-to-5 with a chance of traveling somewhere quarterly. So far, those two keep me sane like they should.
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