Wait… Brian, you just quit your job, sold all of your belongings, and decided to go travel?
Yep! That is exactly what I’m doing. And I couldn’t be more excited!
Some will think I’m crazy. I am!
Some will think its the worst financial decision I’ve ever made. It probably is!
Some will be nervous. Me too!
But I’m doing it anyways.
Just 2 short months ago I was sitting in an office working as a commercial real estate broker. I was on a great team, with awesome and motivated people. We were working on some big projects.
I saw the trajectory. In the next 3-5 years I would be making a ton of money selling real estate.
But something felt off. I felt like I was missing something. I realized I’m not ready to be tied down to a location just yet (even in one of the best locations ever – San Diego).
For the first time I understood the value of freedom of location. In real estate I would have to work from the same city for years, and if I moved I’d be starting over again. There is nothing wrong with this for the people that are committed to staying in a certain location. I’m just not at that point in my life yet.
Additionally, I set goals that I’d like to achieve in the next 10 years. Some of these are locations I’d like to live in over the next 10 years. If I’m stuck to one location I’d never experience that. I’d be stuck wondering “what if?”. San Diego is perfect. I was getting comfortable there and if I stayed another couple of years I probably would have lived there the rest of my life. But it’s time to get out of my comfort zone again and do something new.
Once I realized this I understood that I needed to make a difficult change in my life: I decided to sell everything, move away from San Diego, and go travel. I spent my last five years in San Diego and met some of my best friends and some of the greatest mentors. This was not an easy decision.
I planned on going to Europe after I graduated college, but I never made it happen because I was working on starting a company at that time and then I signed a lease, which locked me in for another year. After I passed up that opportunity I kept telling myself that I’ll go to Europe someday in the future once I have enough money. But I never knew if that was actually going to happen because life gets in the way sometimes.
Now that I quit my job and my lease was coming to an end I knew that if I didn’t make it happen now then I may never create the opportunity in the future.
The decision was made and it was time for me to take action! I spent a day and took pictures of all of my belongings – my bed, dresser, nightstand, and even my truck. I put everything up on Craigslist and started selling.
By the time I drove home from San Diego I had a few bags of clothes, some items that people back home wanted, a few things I hadn’t sold yet, and all of my books.
Once I got home I sold a few additional leftover items on Craigslist and then I sold my truck. It felt weird getting rid of everything. Some of the things I had owned for over half of my life. Other things, like my truck, I worked really hard for, which made it difficult to get my mind around parting with it.
Even after I got home I still didn’t have any sort of plan. I didn’t have a plane ticket and I definitely didn’t know what the heck I was doing. The first thing I did was buy a plane ticket. After I made the purchase I had about 10 days to get everything in order. Tick tock.
In the next few days I spent hours researching the best way to get around Europe, asking friends for places to visit, figuring out what to bring, what not to bring, and how to stay in touch with people while I’m traveling.
I bought the items I needed (thank you Amazon Prime!). I booked the flights. I bought the Eurail pass. Now I’m ready to go!
There are a few guidelines that I have set for myself as I move forward:
- Stay Productive: I am not traveling so that I don’t have to work. The goal is to be able to work and travel at the same time. Therefore, I plan on being productive while I’m traveling. This can include reading, blogging about my experiences, testing business ideas, helping others with digital marketing, etc.
- Stay In Touch: Just because I left doesn’t mean you won’t hear from me. I plan on staying in touch with friends and family along the way.
- Be Spontaneous/ Try New Things: By not having a set travel schedule I’ll be able to go where I want to go, do what I want to do, and experience things that I couldn’t have planned for. I usually plan everything and have everything set in my calendar. This will be an interesting change to implement.
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