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Why I quit my job to travel the world

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Hi, I’m Winny; food and travel blogger, vlogger and instagrammer from Sydney.

July this year I made a life-changing decision to hand in my resignation in order to create the life I WANTED
…a life on the road.

My curiosity for the world started way back as a child when my parents would tell me stories of how they escaped Vietnam to get to Australia. They would tell me stories of how different life was in Vietnam and how they met at a refugee camp in Malaysia. As a child I already knew there was more to this world than what I could see. To feed my curiosity my father would watch documentaries with me and he would encourage me to study hard so that one day I could afford to travel the world. For my birthday one year he bought me a globe and a world map which I stuck beside my bed and looked at everyday. I created a game where I would spin the globe and see where my finger landed and then I would go and find information about that country. Back then this meant running off to the library and searching through an encyclopedia!

As I grew older I studied hard, got into university, got my degree, secured an internship and then jumped straight into full time work. It was not until January 2010, at the age of 23 that I finally got to go on my first overseas trip. I accompanied my mother back to her hometown which she hadn’t seen in over 25 years, a place she still lovingly called by it’s former name: Saigon. Life was so different; the food, the smells, the language, the traffic, the practically non-existent rules…I loved it! This trip reassured me that I had been right all along, that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Now, it was a just a matter of making it happen.

For the next 6 years I found myself tied to a full time job, saving up every cent for that holiday I wanted. I challenged myself to go away at least once a year, so I took all the annual leave I was allowed each year to explore. But, having a time frame meant I was limited in how much I could experience and see from this world and my curiosity was killing me. I felt trapped inside the office and every second that ticked by got me angry that I was wasting my life away. I didn’t mind working, I had to work to make a living, but why was I working from inside an office when I didn’t have to? You see, I’m a graphic designer, I spend 10 hours a day in front of a computer, some days not even stepping away from my desk, so why can’t I take my computer with me and work from somewhere else?

Fast forward to July this year, I was faced with an ultimatum; a few of my cousins had decided to take one last big trip around Europe before they settled down and this was my last and possibly only chance to travel with them, but as I couldn’t get time off from work, this meant I would have to resign. I took this as an opportunity to embark on a new adventure. I could either keep my steady income working in a job that contributed absolutely nothing to the life I wanted or take a risk; possibly working for little to no income initially to work towards a dream that I wanted. I chose the latter. I handed in my resignation and hopped on a plane to Europe. The next 6 weeks created some of the best memories of my life that I would forever treasure…and not for a second did I regret it!

Before I left for my trip, I wrote down a list of possible ways to sustain a living while traveling. These included: blogging, vlogging, freelancing, house-sitting, volunteering and teaching English. I took my camera with me and documented as much of the trip as I could in the form of both photos and videos in the hopes that I could possibly use it later on. During my travels I posted regularly on Instagram and started to build up a following and when I got home I launched my YouTube channel. I recently started to take on freelance work through online avenues and am now researching the possibility of either house-sitting, volunteering or teaching English overseas. I’ve managed to tick off almost everything on the list I wrote earlier! The last thing left…is to start this blog.

So, here I am, a curious soul, sharing her love for the world…WITH YOU.

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