I’m quitting life to travel, here’s why

 

This is my first post, so bear with me, but since this blog came about as a part of my whole epiphany to quit everything, go travelling and document it all along the way using this website, I thought i’d best explain why I’m doing this…..

 

Because I WANT TO…

We only get one go at life and I truly believe the most important thing is to have seen as much of what our beautiful earth has to offer. Now believe me when I say I’ve tried, but it’s hard to incorporate plentiful travel when you’ve got a full time career and for years I’ve been toying with the idea of moving my life abroad in some capacity but was never really sure what shape that might take (perhaps moving for work vs simply going travelling like I am doing now).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to run away… I have built myself a great life with amazing friends and family here in the UK, but there has been something niggling in the back of my mind, prompting me to try something different – as though I’ve never really felt settled/satisfied. I want to look back on my life and be proud of the experiences I created.

 

Because I CAN…

I have few commitments – no “ball & chain”, no children. The only real commitment I have is a house – and houses can rent/sell. Surrounded by friends who are going through the typical aspirations of life; meeting someone, buying a house, getting married, having children; I think it has become easy for me to fall into that same routine. But my life likely won’t go in the direction, and to be honest at this point in time I’m happy with that and want to take advantage of it while I can.

Despite having historically been a financial disaster (the black sheep “big spender” amongst a family of super-savers), I have financially sorted myself out; over the past couple of years I’ve been working towards having financial “freedom”, reducing to zero all my debts, contracts, credit cards etc that modern life seems to have burdened me with. I did this purely because it felt like a good thing to do and i’m glad it’s paid off and opened up so many more options for me.

Selling my house and all my belongings has freed up equity to allow me to buy a rental property to keep me on the UK property ladder and allow me the cash needed to quit my job and comfortably travel for at least a year with a safety net for if/when I return home. I’m blessed to have (relatively) good health – albeit for a few extra pounds around the waist ;-).

 

I could quite easily stop there – if you WANT something in life and you CAN have it, what other reasons do you need? But in case you (or I) need some more convincing this is a good idea, here’s a few more reasons…

 

Because DOLLY PARTON GOT IT WRONG…

The classic 9-5 doesn’t feel like much of a way to make a living to me, and I much prefer a flat white to a cup of ambition it has to be said. It’s no secret that I don’t like (hate) my job; It didn’t challenge me enough, I didn’t find it interesting, I wasn’t developing/learning from it – combined, all these things make for a rather unhappy work existence and an even unhappier Kyle. So why carry on if I don’t have to?

Deep down I know the reason I feel so unfulfilled by my career is due to feeling a lack of purpose in life. Why am I here? What should I be doing? Surely this repetitive 9-5 life isn’t all that the world has to offer me? (or that I have to offer the world), I could quite easily have left my role and looked for another job which might have been more bearable and I could have plodded along for years to come, but I knew in my heart of hearts that the answer wasn’t as simple as that, it was something bigger….

Not only was my role unfulfilling, but the whole 9-5 routine; queing like ants to get into the car park each morning, sitting at the same desk, completing the same mundane tasks, putting a smile on my face and getting dragged down into the big company politics and living “the way we work”. It just became to feel so robotic and mentally draining. Constantly I was asking myself “is this it?” But I didn’t know what I wanted to do instead or how to get there, with so many ideas floating around in my head about what I’d like to do with my life instead, but the reality of my current life mentally dragging me down, I felt trapped – I didn’t know how to find the answers I needed.

So… I decided that removing myself from my own life will hopefully allow me to gain some perspective; giving me much needed time to look back on everything I’ve achieved so far and decide how I’m going to apply that to the future – help me figure out what I want to do. Perhaps climbing Machu Picchu will make me realise I want to knit jumpers out of alpaca wool for the rest of my life. Perhaps you’ll see me surfing the waves in Oz (unlikely). Maybe I’ll be away for a year. Maybe I’ll realise I miss home after a month and that’ll give me the clear message of where I need to be. Maybe i’ll never return (sorry mum).

Maybe the time out will do none of those things – but I’m sure as hell confident it’s worth a try for the memories and instagram pics alone.

 

Because IT FEELS RIGHT…

A natural born over-thinker, I’ve recently started to accept that going with your gut feeling is often the best thing to do and I can’t explain how much this feels like “the right thing to do” at this point in my life.

 

Because YOLO…

Finally – a phrase I like and dislike (e.g: having 2 scoops of ice cream instead of 1 isn’t a yolo moment ffs) in equal measures. But it quite simply summarises one of the most fundamental facts of life…

You Only Live Once!…… I may as well have not bothered writing all of the above, because surely I need no other reason than this. I’m going to die one day – if quitting my job, selling everything I own to buy a one-way ticket round the world feels like the right thing to do at this point in my life, then why would I refuse myself such an amazing experience?

23 Comments

  1. Christopher
    26th August 2017
    Reply

    I’m so jealous! Sounds like the dream.

  2. Anis Kotia
    9th September 2017
    Reply

    Well done mate. Look forward to following you’re blog!

  3. Lucy
    11th September 2017
    Reply

    Really enjoyed this post! I have felt like this for years, watching everyone else hit their life achievements and always feeling like im missing something. I think its so brave you have done this.

    Its refreshing to read something so honest rather than manufactured lives you see on Facebook!

    • kyle.sandham@gmail.com
      12th September 2017
      Reply

      Thanks Lucy, I really appreciate your comments!

  4. Dani Barnes
    12th September 2017
    Reply

    Good luck! You will have the best experience ever! Your doing what most of us wish we were brave enough to do! Xxx

    • kyle.sandham@gmail.com
      13th September 2017
      Reply

      Thanks Dani, nice of you to take the time to read it and write a comment, I really appreciate it! Hope i have as much fun as i’m thinking I will lol. xxx

  5. 12th September 2017
    Reply

    What a lad! Dolly Parton can suck my famous toe! Have the best time. You’re so brave and I’m so jealous xx

    • kyle.sandham@gmail.com
      13th September 2017
      Reply

      You are so brave and you’re such a doll, and I wouldn’t want dolly effin parton anywhere near those famous feet of yours. Does she even know who those feet are??? lol x

  6. Christine
    13th September 2017
    Reply

    All the luck in the world Kyle, your mum and Christine will spend many an hour keeping up with your dreams, take good care, Alan & Christine x

  7. Celine LB
    13th September 2017
    Reply

    WoW, I wish you have the time of your life! And am I sure you will do!
    One thing is for sure: the right path is the one you feel 100% satisfied with and it seems like you are in the right direction seeking yours. Keep us posted, i thoroughly enjoyed reading this honest article and I’d love to have fresh news from time to time. Xx

    • kyle.sandham@gmail.com
      14th September 2017
      Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to read!! And yes it feels like something I need to do. Xx

  8. Fran Steele
    13th September 2017
    Reply

    You’re an absolute inspiration Kyle!! I hope you find all the happiness in the world on your travels, I can’t wait to follow your journey ?

    • kyle.sandham@gmail.com
      14th September 2017
      Reply

      Thanks Fran for your kind words. Hope all is well with you xxx

  9. Denise
    13th September 2017
    Reply

    Such inspiring words and such an amazing thing to do . You are amazing looking forward to every bit of your blog lovely enjoy every second .xx

  10. Sarah Wharton
    13th September 2017
    Reply

    So excited for you Kyle! You’ve done the hard, decision making, part-now it’s just time to enjoy! And let me know when you do want to ‘surf some waves in Oz’/just to hear a Kendal accent again.. I will be here with a flat white (or maybe espresso martini) ready for you!!!!! xxx

    • kyle.sandham@gmail.com
      14th September 2017
      Reply

      Espresso martinis all round I say!!!

  11. Colin Chatburn
    22nd September 2017
    Reply

    Keep moving forward Kyle.
    Life is what you make of it and each step takes you to what you will become.
    Don’t look back & enjoy the journey!

  12. Alan and Penny Ridding
    24th September 2017
    Reply

    Just read your blog Kyle, good luck and happiness with everything you do.
    All the best xx

  13. Katie
    26th September 2017
    Reply

    Amazing, love it… bloody good for you.
    It’s so true… Life’s so short.
    Have a blast X

  14. Maureen and John taylor
    27th September 2017
    Reply

    Kyle Emma has shown my your blog. You are brave and you take great care of yourself.. make the most of your life. Your Mum dad and Jamie will miss you. Love Maureen and spud.xx1

    • kyle.sandham@gmail.com
      28th September 2017
      Reply

      Thanks alot! Its very exciting.

  15. 27th September 2017
    Reply

    Kyle Emma has shown my your blog. You are brave and you take great care of yourself.. make the most of your life. Your Mum dad and Jamie will miss you. Love Maureen and spud.xx

  16. Mike and wendy
    19th October 2017
    Reply

    Hi kyle hope u r well just seen your blog well done as we are spending this week end with super mea nsorry saverers i will be exspecting to put on lots of clothes as he wont have the heating on in the camper actually he is very generous realy as i have known him a lot longer than you but trust me i will wind him up anyway go for it mate and enjoy your world trip take care barney and wendy

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