Why I Quit My Job to Travel

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In the spirit of the festive season and upcoming New Year resolutions, I recently quit my job in publishing and left everything behind in London to travel the world, in the hope of discovering what I really want to do and where I want to do it. Yes, it probably looks like a classic mid-twenties meltdown. And yes, it was terrifying. But do I regret it? Unsurprisingly, not at all.

In fact, part of me wonders why I hadn’t thought of this sooner. We get so wrapped up in thinking we should be in a certain place, boring ourselves to death in a job we hate, having everything by our mid-twenties and hating ourselves when we don’t, that we don’t appreciate what we do have when we have it. And that sucks, because we lose sight of who we really are and what our dreams are, in exchange for a soulsucking routine and an identity crisis by the tender age of 25. Or at least, that’s how I felt.

You see, I’m the ultimate cliché. I moved to London for love – love for another, and love for the city itself. I’ve loved London since I was really young – the bright lights, the bustling streets, and the feeling of being so small in a city that has it all. To me, growing up, the streets of London were literally paved with gold, and all I ever wanted was to be a part of it. So when I got that chance I grabbed it with both hands: new job, new city, new life. But it doesn’t always work out that way, hey?

Life has a funny way of letting you down, and millenials have a funny way of being unsatisfied with everything, and soon everything had changed. I didn’t like where I was living, I wasn’t enjoying my job, and my relationship of five years broke down, all in a matter of months. I was gutted – this wasn’t “the dream”. But I put on a brave face, and got on with it. Toughened up, didn’t let it get to me, refused to think about the past or what I could have done differently. But it was only a matter of time before the doubts started creeping in and soon enough the breakdown came. What was I doing wrong? What was I supposed to do about it? What the hell had it all been for?

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I’m not going to pretend that now I’ve quit my job and got out of there that I have all the answers. In fact, I probably have even more questions. I still wonder what the huge expanse in front of me, that is my life, is going to, or is supposed to, look like. I still wonder whether I could have handled certain things more sensitively, or if I’d have been wired differently inside I would still be in a place where I was in love.

But I do know this: things do change, and I’m still young. That’s what life is, a sequence of changes that affect you for better or worse, and you can either go with the flow or fight them until they break you down. Either way, things don’t always go to plan, especially when you’ve had that same plan your whole life. Expectation is often the greatest form of disappointment, and you’ve got to learn to mould yourself to new situations in order to move forward, and not get left behind.

If it wasn’t for my friends, who are absolute shining stars, I WOULD be left behind with a closet full of questions and doubts. But instead I packed up my belongings, moved out, and booked a one way ticket out of London with them, telling myself to move on. Of course I was scared, of course I had second thoughts. I even went so far to think that the boy who was now in my past, would try and stop me before I left. But I wanted to travel the world, and see that there is way more out there than anything I have experienced so far, or left behind.

I’m now sat here in a sunnier part of the world, talking to you and telling you that if this is all hitting a little close to home for you: do not panic.

I can assure you that I am you. I have no idea what I’m doing, and I have no idea how long this trip will last.

But I do know that I’m going to do it all, travel and see the world. And I’d like you to come with me.

Are you in?

23 Comment

  1. Such an awesome new beginnings post! Can’t wait to see where the world takes you, you deserve every happiness and more. You da best!

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks girrrrl! You rock.

  2. Annie, this is such a brilliantly written post. It already sounds like you’re having a great time. Wishing you lots of happiness on your adventures to come. I’m definitely in – can’t wait to read more of your travels!

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks Charley, your comments really mean a lot. I’ll try to keep you entertained along the way, it’s already been quite an adventure!

  3. Jake Heatherwick says:

    You’re gonna have an amazing time!! Looking forward to following this!

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks Jake – maybe I’ll catch a DJ set somewhere along the way?!

  4. Dennis says:

    You get out there and grab life by the ‘tackles’ you wonderful woman you! Staying glued to this site to see more from this inspiring trip!

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks Dennis – I’ll be back for that dance-off rematch though!

  5. Hanh says:

    Hi Annie, wow what an inspiring post I love your writing style. I completely agree with taking chances and risks to do what you love. I discovered earlier this year a dream I wanted to pursue and really went for it. We can’t let life pass us by without really living!

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Hi Hanh, thanks so much for reading. I’m glad you’re following your dream, you deserve all the happiness it brings you!

  6. Michael says:

    Don’t look back, I love what you’ve done. Keep going, stay safe and enjoy every second!

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks Michael! You should join us for a city break at some point!

      1. Michael says:

        Ohhhhh I will, I’m saving money for it!!!

  7. Amanda says:

    This is sounds like it’s going to be amazing, it’s so cool to read that you’ve done this! Everyone always talks about wanting to quit their job and go travelling but I hardly ever read or hear about anyone actually doing it. Have an amazing time, I’m sure you will, and I look forward to seeing where this goes!

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks for reading Amanda – hoping to keep travelling for as long as I can. So far, so good!

  8. Dixie says:

    This is an inspiring post! I hope you enjoy your upcoming adventures, and find the answer of your questions. I’m looking forward to following your travel on this blog of yours :)

  9. Sarah says:

    This is amazing. You’re so brave and I hope you enjoy yourself no matter where you are! Also, I don’t think we ever do find all the answers so I wouldn’t worry about that too much haha :)

    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks so much Sarah – so far so good, thank God!

  10. katie says:

    oh wow! you are so brave and i wish you the best of luck! I absolutely love you r blog and can’t wait to go with you on this journey. Nobody has all the answers but its all part of the fun to see how much we discover x x


  11. Leanne says:

    such a well written, wonderful turn of events. hope you’re having a great time and excuse me whilst i delve into your more recent posts x


    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thanks a lot Leanne, having an incredible time so far – delve away!! :)

  12. thu says:


    most people spend their lives dreaming and wishing and hoping. most people also spend their time waiting.

    waiting for love.
    waiting for the right opportunity.
    waiting for someone to make everything better.
    waiting for the perfect time to do something.

    there’s never a perfect time and living life for yourself is scary as fuck!! most people live for other people.
    I’m so happy to see you’re doing what you love. how brave you are for making that leap for yourself. how thrilling your next chapter will unfold. how incredible you are for sharing your story!


    wishing you the best!!!! can’t waittttt.


    1. Annie Bishop says:

      Thu, you are an absolute superstar!! Thank you for stopping by and making me tear up ya beaut! xxx

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