There are countless reasons why leaving your life behind and travelling the world is a bad idea, and why you shouldn't do it! The world is an uncertain place, wouldn't it be the right decision to enjoy the security of a stable job and a career, sign the mortgage for your dream's house one day, and slowly prepare your retirement as the years go by? As many of our friends, and most people we know, this is what we thought was right to aim for, and where we were heading - only until recently.
What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like? How would you really enjoy spending your life?" Alan Watts
We are typing this article in 2020, and right now, we are living through a global pandemic, quarantining at home like millions of other people, trying to balance work and life the best we can. And while this certainly wasn't easy pre-COVID, one revelation is becoming clearer by the day - we don't want to keep our life as is for the next 20 years. We need a change.
We are very grateful and lucky to still be working of course, but our years of living in London and building a career are taking their toll. We are entering our thirties and life, if anything, is becoming more difficult, stressful and expensive. And we increasingly find it more challenging to find meaning on why we wake up every day and do what we do. We want to look farther than just living for weekends and a paycheck. We are looking to turn our life upside down, and live a simpler, slower and more meaningful life.
At the opposite of a safe life, buried deep into our fears and hopes, we finally heard it, the call for adventure. And we can't unhear it. Bringing Adventure to your life is a path leading to uncertainty and the unexpected, a path on which we feel more alive with every step, as life becomes more and more defined by experiences and less and less by the material things.
It took us years before realising that our dream could, given a chance, become our reality. Abandoning a relatively successful city life, using most of our savings to buy and convert a van, and depart on a multi-year round the world trip is pretty crazy and risky. But our course is set, and this post is one of the first steps of our journey. As it resonates deeply with us, we'll borrow again Alan Watts's words: "It’s better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way". It would be unfair to say that we are miserable now. But we want to chase a life that is full of what we like doing. And when the time comes to look back at our life, in many years from now, we don't want regrets, we want to have lived our life to the fullest.
We are Jay & Cris and are currently planning the next chapter of our life. It is set to start at the end of 2021, and we are now working to build up our savings and figuring out how to transition into full-time travelling.