Why Are Millennials Quitting Their High-Paying Jobs To Travel The World?

Millennials are looking for ways out of their 9-5 jobs. Are you one of them?

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  • 43% of millennials plan to quit their job within 2 years.
  • Freelancing is increasing in popularity.
  • Millennials are becoming more concerned with freedom than money.
  • 6-figure salaries that come with a 60-hour work week and a $3,000 monthly rent payment are not as desirable as they once were for millennials.
  • Interest in being a digital nomad and working at a virtual company is consistently increasing among millennials.

It came as a shock at first when Deloitte published a new survey – The 2018 Millennial Survey – that said that 43% of millennials plan to quit their job within 2 years; but being a millennial and a frequent-traveler myself, I don’t find it that shocking at all. Next month I turn 28 and from that moment on I’ll only have two more years of living in my twenties and I’d prefer to spend them traveling the world than sitting in a cubicle – wouldn’t you?

The real question to me is, why aren’t more people quitting their jobs to travel the world?

I guess it comes down to job security, being away from home (if you decide to travel), and your ability to work remotely. I know it isn’t for everyone but if your expertise is in an industry that allows you to work remotely and you feel you have the self-discipline to do so, then why not try it out?

How to Become A Digital Nomad?

There are several ways to become a digital nomad and we won’t dwell on it too much here but we’ll list a few ways you can travel the world while still earning money.

  1. Freelancing within your area of expertise.
  2. Teaching English as a foreign language.
  3. Work odd jobs at bars and hostels along your travels.
  4. Remote customer service or data entry work.
  5. Convince your employer to allow you to work remotely.
  6. Become an influencer or e-commerce guru.

Is Remote Work for You?

Before you decide how you’re going to become a digital nomad, you sure make sure that the lifestyle is for you. The easiest way to do is usually (and it may not be easy at all for you) to ask your employer if they’ll allow you to test working remotely for a few weeks. If they allow you to work remotely for 3-4 weeks that’ll give you enough time to decide if this lifestyle is really for you or not.

Everyone thinks it’s a great lifestyle until they’re lugging around their work computer in a tuk-tuk and working out of 12-person shared hostel rooms when everyone else is going to the beach.

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Written by Derek

Derek, our editor in chief, is an avid reader and lifelong backpacker who has traveled to more than 30 countries and 30+ U.S states. He is a digital marketing specialist with over 10 years of experience growing companies using innovative growth strategies.


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