The Dream Makers
Sometimes, quitting your deskbound job may be just what you need to realise your dreams and passions that could lead to a better career. Here, three inspiring CLEO readers share their stories on how they found a life they can truly call their own.
Born To Be Wild
For ex-teacher Lela Aswad, life’s not about having a steady stream of income just so you can settle down for a conventional life. Instead of teaching, Lela chose to be taught by the strangers s she unexpectedly meets on her travels.
Long Term Career Plans Are Not As s Important To Me
“It used to be my everything. I wanted to be the driven woman climbing up the corporate ladder. But now, I don’t mind working just to finance my travels. While working provides me with money, financial security and stability, I feel it doesn’t open up your mind, heart, and soul like travelling does.”
It’s now or never
“My parents weren’t travellers, so the travel bug definitely didn’t come from [them]. But I remember stumbling on a travel blog when I was a teenager and being amazed at how people can give up their salaries, sell all their possessions, and leave home to travel for a year or two. I realised I had to pluck up the courage to travel when I was talking to a Nepalese traveller in her early 50s. She had a husband and family back home, and she asked me, “Why do you want to wait to travel? It’s now or never.” After that conversation, I decided to quit being a teacher after four and a half years to embark on a solo trip to the United States.”
“Even if I’m married and have children, I know I’ll still want to travel alone. I’ve read how some travel bloggers have children while they’re travelling and it’s inspiring. I need to do things that make me feel whole, fulfilled and satisfied.”
Travelling Made Me Tougher
“The first time I travelled to India, people warned me about how harsh it could be. But my two weeks there made me realise I’m actually physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger than I thought. I had to look for my train platform at one of the busiest train stations in Delhi, climbed forts, fended off men on the streets, fell down, and endured a 17hour train ride without any electronic entertainment. The experience gave me confidence to know that I can rough it out. When I was in the US, I spent my days talking to all sorts of people – waitresses, entrepreneurs, and homeless people – because they all have a story to tell. After all, it’s the people who make up the country and I want to hear about their lives.”