My name is Bobby G and I have decided to quit my job and travel the world.
I lived in Pereira, Colombia, from birth until I was about 10 years old. Around that age, my parents split and my mom decided to move us to New York permanently.
Like most family’s, I was expected to follow in the traditional path of going to school, attend college and off you go for the rest of your life. Done. So I did and I actually didn’t mind. For most of my school years up until college, it was really a social event for me. I enjoyed it. I liked going to hang out with friends and occasionally cram to pass a test. But in college, I really began to appreciate knowledge and the joys it can offer. I wish I could be a perpetual student for life. No, no, I never joined any fraternity or anything like that, I just truly enjoyed acquiring knowledge and not having nasty things like bills and responsibilities. All that fun however, was not to last and it ended with a Computer Science B.S. degree. Yes, I’m a computer nerd. Lucky for me, I still don’t wear glasses. Now, what do you get when you pair a CS degree with the love of NYC? In those days, you get to work in a financial firm!
Like many people, I have dreamed of traveling around the world and like most of those people, I have postponed it for later… until now.
I worked for 4 years in my first job out of school and then went on to work for almost 13 years in my next financial firm. The latter sent me on assignments to work in India for about 9 months collectively across multiple visits and 5 months in Hungary. These two trips afforded me with many things but mostly, geographical proximity to other locations. When I look back and count, I have already been to 31 countries. But to be honest, it doesn’t feel like that many even though I have clear memories in all of those countries. Like many people, I have dreamed of traveling around the world and like most of those people, I have postponed it for later… until now.
It is a very scary thing to quit your job without having a new one waiting for you. As human beings, we often pay a great deal for security and having a job is a big part of that. But having worked more than 21 years – I have worked since the age of 16, I found the courage and more importantly, the opportunity to take this risk.
I will miss my friends and my now-ex-collegues, which I’ve known for a big part of my life but I’m hopeful to make new ones along the way. Many have asked me to share stories, pictures and videos of my travels while I’m away and so, I decided to create this blog to do that. But I’m also doing it for me so that when I’m old and I look back at what I’ve done in my life, I can have this and say: I did that. I did what I wanted. I didn’t wait until it was too late. The thought of traveling as a 60-year-old was far scarier than not having a job at my age.
I can appreciate going to work, enjoy the security it provides and then come home to watch Netflix. But not today.
I really don’t think I will become one of those folks that continue on to travel for a living and making money travel blogging. I can appreciate going to work, enjoy the security it provides and then come home to watch Netflix. But not today.