I Quit My Job To Travel The World

I quit my job today. 

I’ve been unhappy with my pay and benefits package for quite some time now, but I was sticking around for my guaranteed paid vacation time at my 5th anniversary with the company. Well … my anniversary was meant to be on June 6th, but when I requested my weeks off ahead of time in January, it was denied. No reason given, just denied.

It was at that moment that I realized my worth, and the fact that this company’s management was never going to acknowledge it. Uninspired at a job that gives limited vacation time at a bitter manager’s discretion is not how I want to wrap up my 20’s … So I started saving and planning aggressively for today. I gave myself five years to move on, so it’s been a long time coming, but I still can’t believe it’s finally here.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the opportunities that this position opened up for me. It allowed me to finish my schooling while giving me time to develop and find myself. I discovered the life changing power of yoga through a connection at this job, and I honestly don’t know who or where I’d be without it.

But I need more.

My standards for success are rapidly evolving. I’m focused on cultivating gratitude and flexibility, elevating my surroundings, and emitting good vibes. Collecting experiences is my new form of currency.

This period of growth started last year and has increased since my whirlwind summer vacation. I felt different when I came back from Europe. My newfound goals and ambitions had morphed me into a newer version of my previous self in just a month.

Whilst overseas, I found myself looking for a new path both professionally and spiritually after experiencing a fresh way of life in each city I visited. I knew that being complacent in my current situation and working solely for a paycheck wasn’t what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Staying true to my values, traveling more and helping others had to be a part of that equation.

I’m blessed to announce that I have found an incredible opportunity teaching English to children of all ages in Italy this summer. I’m lucky to be partnering up with an amazing organization that has a great vision and teaching philosophy, which coincides with my personal beliefs.

In addition to traipsing all around Italy for 2 months, I’m also going to be visiting Cuba, the Bahamas, Denmark, Spain & Greece. I am beside myself with excitement for these new adventures, and I know that this is the right move for me at this time. My bags are packed and ready to go! I’m so excited to open this new chapter of my life.

I’ve taught at summer schools and camps in the past, and working with children is always a fulfilling learning experience (not to mention entertaining). I’ve been interested in learning new languages for years, and now I can finally practice my rusty Italian! I’m sure I’ll embarrass myself on a daily basis, but that’s all part of the fun!

Don’t be afraid of change, no sacrifice is too big to follow your dreams and shape them into your reality. Know your worth. You’ll thank yourself later.

I wanna hear from you! Have you ever taken a leap of faith? Would you quit your current job in search of adventure? Leave some love for your girl in comments below! ¡Hasta luego amigos!



  1. Shirley Canela

    I love this Mel. This is so inspiring and I know you’re going to have the time of your life. I can’t wait to see pictures and here about this experience.

    P.s i love this…”Collecting experiences is my new form of currency.”

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  2. Kiki Shante

    As always, YOU INSPIRE ME!!! Haven’t visited ur blog in a while but this was the right post to bring me back. I’m so happy for you and cannot wait to read more about your future ventures as a world traveller.

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  3. Jeffrey Filko

    Amazing perspective Mel; These are some of the same reasons I left our former mutual employer several years ago. I’m proud of the woman you are and are becoming. I’m also proud to call you a friend. I’ll be watching!

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      Thanks for your kind words Jefe! Sometimes the leap of faith is scary, but I know it’ll be worth it. On to bigger & better adventures!

  4. Tia Flemings

    So proud of you. I wish I had the strength and courage you did at your age. enjoy life and allow it to work for you, not you for it. wishing you the best in life. love you doll

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      Thanks for your advice Tia! Love you too girl, I’m so glad that we’ve stayed in touch and are able to keep up with each other! I’m proud of your strong work ethic & how you are raising your beautiful daughter! 🙂

  5. Angela

    Youll have to teach me your ways. I like your vibes. I hope to grow wings like you have. I feel I can draw from your story so thank you for writing to perfect strangers that are willing to listen. I also appreciate your sentiment about collecting experiences as your new currency, I feel the exact same way. Peace & love

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      Thanks so much for your comment, Angela! It was a really hard decision to make since I was accustomed to making a steady income, but I’m so glad I did it. I’m so much happier and fulfilled now. 🙂

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