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.

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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.”

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