Moving on: A New Life

Posted on May 5, 2009 by

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I hate this part: post-sojourning. You know the standard withdrawal symptoms –going back to a monotonous routine, feeling like an outsider at home, and basically, the unnerving blues. It’s almost like a drug addiction, you get the jitters and shivers, and your feet itch uncontrollably.

Shedding my hiking boots and cargo pants, and putting on heels in my disguise as a closet 9-to-5er – this is the part that truly makes me nauseous. Sitting in a claustrophic office, stuck with a shitload of boring paperwork and excessive air-conditioning, I looked around and wondered what the hell am I doing here? That’s when I decided to pull the plug. I quit my job.

I’ve had enough of squeezing travelling time into short jaunts, although Asia can be delightfully surprising even when seen in a few days. Coming back home had been truly gratifying. But it’s time to go – time to get back out of my comfort zone, time to get some bittersweet taste of life, and do some real travelling.

I’m faced with the same questions from friends and family before each of my long-term jaunts, ‘Are you sure you’re doing the right thing by leaving your job to travel? How will you survive for 3 months in SouthAmerica? What are you going to do after that? There’s a worldwide economic recession now for goodness sake!’

It’s been my fourth job in the last 4 years of our nomadic lives. Did I have a real passion for any of them? I’d been straddling on these jobs to sustain my travels. They helped me get through financially, but my priority, had always been travelling. So, as you would expect, once I saved up enough, I am off again to my next stop. Uncovering Travel Writing has been a dream-come-true, relishing the real me.

Within a month’s time, we’ll be on a 20-hour flight again, crossing from Asia to America, and on to some new foreign soil. It’ll be our first step into the Latin American world, and I just can’t wait to sample some authentic ceviche, trudge up the Macchu Pichu and gulp down some real Mexican tequila! Cuba, Buenos Aires and the Galapagos islands are all on our list, and even a Travel Writers’ Boot Camp in Guatemala is awaiting!

We don’t know when exactly the trip will end, but this time round, I’ll make sure we thoroughly satisfy our wanderlust, before settling back in Spain. Life’s so unpredictable, isn’t it? Stay tuned for more of my adventures at the other end of the World!


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About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

9 Responses to “Moving on: A New Life”

  1. Nik May 8, 2009 9:14 am

    Hiya again Nellie, just dropping by to see how my fellow SEA travel writer is doing.. =) That's such a big decision to make, so I applaud you for that! I look forward to doing some real traveling myself, but not that soon… Still have things to settle down with my project, and hopefully of course to be able to support my passion through it…

    I see you had fun in Central Java,… that's great to hear! I'm heading to Singapore come July, but now it doesn't sound like you'll be back by then.. Ah well, where-ever you are, I look forward to hearing about your adventures here… Bon voyage~!


  2. Dave & Deb May 10, 2009 9:17 pm

    I know exactly how you feel and I admire you for taking the plunge once and for all. We have been traveling for several years the same way…Leave for a few months, come home feeling depressed and out of place, save up money and then leave again. We are planning another trip at the end of the year and like you, we are hoping to travel write and blog as we go now that we are a little more savvy about how to make money and travel. Good luck in Central America, you are going to love it.
    Dave and Deb

  3. nomadic matt May 11, 2009 3:48 am

    awesome. im all for quittingjobs and being a nomad. good luck with it! btw im going to be in singapore from may 24-26th….

  4. jen laceda May 19, 2009 4:15 pm

    Hi, I'm sort of new to your blog and I'm just getting to know you better…but I feel like you are a kindred spirit. I have the same travel 'addiction' problem like you do, but the BIG difference between us is Courage. I have not had the heart to quit my job (of 10 years) in a windowless office in a hospital. I am literally sick each day I come in to work with a fake smile plastered on my face (Nomadic Matt should know, I have aired my gripes at his site). And why don't I quit my job, you ask? I have a 2-year-old and a mortgage and, perhaps, a shopping problem (not only on clothes, but also on books, food, houseware)…but it all boils down to travel because I like to but all travel-related good, haha! All I can say is, "you go, girl!"
    I'll be following your adventures! P.S. found your blog through Velvet Escape. Keith is just great, isn't he?


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