10 Reasons to Keep Your Job, Stay in Your Country, and Not Do Anything Unexpected

January 2, 2016

1. You will have more friends

You will meet more people. They may be a bit more boring with their lack of travel experience, but they will be around for years. You can text them and ask if they feel like drinks after work or going for a run on the lake. You can ask them to babysit, because they’re reliable. They will be the regulars at block parties.

“Boring” by Cheryl Colan

2. You will have more money

Granted, you’ll have more chances to spend this money with your fancy apartment, health insurance, car payments, and hours on Amazon, but you’ll also have that reliable paycheck coming twice a month. You won’t be blowing thousands on airfare and hotels and worrying about a source of income.

3. It’s actually pretty awesome and comforting to rest your head in the same place every night

That’s YOUR apartment. YOUR stuff. And the pizza delivery guy knows you. You can invite people over, and have someone special spend the night or even move in. You don’t have to move or upgrade until you’re good and ready, and your job pays well enough to let you pay other people to do the heavy lifting.

4. You’re not going to be a famous travel blogger or YouTuber

This is a cynical and pessimistic outlook for all travel bloggers, new and old, but it has the misfortune of being true. Nomadic Matt and Casey Neistat are the exceptions, not the rule; you can write something or produce a video just as good as anything they have ever produced, and it won’t mean a thing if the audience isn’t there. And even if you do make some piece of art that goes viral, that doesn’t translate to regular views and consequently regular income. You have a better shot at winning the Powerball.

5. You have a stake in your community

You actually pay attention to local elections and, to a greater extent, the presidential race. You share in others’ pride when a road is finally repaired or a local hero makes headlines. Travelers can experience these feelings, but they’re fleeting.

6. Your friends and family will stop judging you

This isn’t completely fair, as readers in their mid-twenties probably haven’t gotten this far along yet. Some parents and friends are completely supportive for those that choose long-term travel well into their 30s and 40s, but others… there are always those questions when you return for a visit:

“When are you going to settle down?”
“Why haven’t you gotten married?”
“Aren’t you tired of traveling?”

7. Laying groundwork

Sticking around is not the easiest task in the world, but it has the benefit of laying the groundwork for your life. All the aforementioned – friends, employment, community – means nothing unless you keep at it: work the same job to increase your salary, build relationships with coworkers, and get those promotions; spend time with friends to actually have friends, not mere acquaintances.

8. You will be more attractive

Writing as a man, do you know what most women love? Someone who’s actually going to be in the same country as them when they want to go on a date. Travel might make for interesting conversation and a great shared experience, but you don’t fall for someone who’s never around.

9. You will be comfortable

I never understand why some people need to pay for a vacation in a five-star resort by the beach when all they do is read books, watch movies, drink, and eat extravagantly. The same comforts, minus the view, can be had in a staycation for minimum costs. More to the point, sticking around and intimately knowing your area is a luxury. You’ll know the restaurants, the roads, the weather each month, the festivals, the local specialties, and the best places to see the sunset.

10. Happiness doesn’t come from being extraordinary

I’m not saying you can’t find fulfillment in a life of travel, solo or otherwise. Believing you have to escape the routines society has put into place isn’t going to cause less stress than struggling to pay for a mortgage over thirty years. You can be happy as a singer and still not be as famous as Adele. For some of us, an ordinary life is far more worthwhile than a life spent reaching for the next handhold, no matter how beautiful the view may be the higher you climb.

2 Responses to 10 Reasons to Keep Your Job, Stay in Your Country, and Not Do Anything Unexpected

  1. Zascha on January 3, 2016 at 5:20 am

    They are ten good reasons, but for every ten good reasons I hear, I can come up with 20 reasons why you should quit your job and get out there 😀

  2. Turner on January 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Very true. I was just tired of seeing so many stories like that pop up in my feed.

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