There’s a commonality amongst the Instagram profiles of travel influencers. They showcase an assortment of pictures, all with a similar aesthetic and theme: a little VSCO, wide smiles, tagged geolocations, all accompanied by an extended caption about opting out of Corporate America to travel the world and the happiness that immediately followed. Some of these influencers offer free advice on how you can do the same. Some have guides and hold seminars for a fee. And then there are those who just flat out shame you while drawing a parallel between Corporate America and slavery, all because you’ve said no to their pyramid scheme for the tenth time. But the message is generally the same: Quit your job. And a lot of people have asked when I’m hopping on that bandwagon and I always respond the same way:
I absolutely will not.
Since I was a 13-year-old who taught herself how to code & design web pages, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in IT. Knowing this led to obtaining my undergraduate degree in computer science, and then entering Corporate America the following year to work at IBM. Now with 7 YOE in the tech game, I am content. And when that contentment fades, there are worlds beyond worlds that exist that need tech where I could easily do something else.
Truth is, I absolutely enjoy the type of work that I do. I also love to travel. And I’m grateful that I’ve been able to finally land a job that I love that also provides the flexibility to enjoy traveling via unlimited PTO. I also understand that this isn’t everyone’s reality. It definitely wasn’t mine just a few years ago. The fact of the matter is that it’s important to do whatever you feel is best for you.
I know for sure what works for me, my situation, and my family. I personally feel that even with 7 years of experience, there is still so much more for me to experience opportunities that provide room for my growth and development. I have yet to reach the pinnacle of my career, in my opinion. There’s so much more that I want to do and trails that I want to blaze before I make my grand exit.
And I say all of this as I take a break from my coding goals, pack for my flight to Amsterdam and Dubai, prepare my home for my absence, and get ready for GOT tonight. :)