Why I May Never Quit My Job to Travel the World

So you’ve read the title and you’re no doubt probably wondering, why?  Why is it that I may never quit my job to travel the world? Since I’m fairly new to this whole blogging thing, I decided to kick it around in a few other travel-adventure blog sites this weekend to see what my competitors are up to. In doing so I learned two important things about my own site.

First, I learned that I need to invest in a better camera… probably one that doesn’t come attached to a cell phone plan.  Taking a course in photography couldn’t hurt either. There are some amazing photographs out there! The second thing I learned, and perhaps the one thing that really sets me apart from all the others, is that I’m the ONLY travel blogger who hasn’t quit my job to travel the world! Don’t just take my word for it! Go to one of those (less-entertaining) sites and see for yourself. You’ll usually find the piece published as the author’s feature article and it will read something like this: I live with no regrets, so I quit my office job sitting at a cubicle and decided to travel the world!



The front page of every other travel blogger’s title page

There are so many things I find wrong with that statement that I really don’t know where to begin. First of all, what does that mean to live with no regrets? I have regrets everyday! I regret eating that sushi I bought last night from the Gas-n-Go. I regret asking my cellmate at the county jail last week if he could please hurry up with his phone call; and I regret making out with that girl named Pork Chop in the eleventh grade!

Second, why is it that every travel-blogger has only held an office jobs where he or she  sat in a cubicle all day? Where are all the former police officers, sanitation workers, or llama-grooming technicians (such as myself) that decided to just pack it up and see the world? Where are the articles that read- I quit stripping at Lady Godiva’s to backpack across all of Europe? Now to me, that would be a great story!

Lastly, and most importantly, who the hell can afford to just quit his or her job to see the world?! I would love to quit my job to travel. Do you know what would happen if tomorrow I decided to just retire my shears and electric clippers and do just that? I would make it about as far as Birmingham in a Greyhound bus; and then I’d see a whole lot of the world lying back in a pile of newspaper on a city park bench!


sleeping on a bench 

My reality if I quit my job to see the world.

So as of right now, I won’t be quitting my job any time soon. I may never quit my job to travel the world, but…. I can still dream and l can still travel from time to time. Most importantly, I can continue coming here to this site and sharing all of those crazy travel adventures with you.

Thank you for reading my article and I hope you visit my site again real soon. Feel free to explore other areas of my blog, post a comment, and send some love on social media.

Happy travels,

Big John


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Will Work For Vacation

Today I’m back at work and I wish more than anything that I was still on vacation.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy my job. I find it to be a very rewarding career. With today’s job market, I’m very fortunate to  have a steady paycheck when so many other Americans aren’t so lucky. I guess I just have that wanderlust spirit and most likely always will. There are really only two things I enjoy about being back in the hustle and bustle of daily life… Yes, really just two!



Back in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The first thing I enjoy about being back home is definitely the money situation. I happen to be one of those less fortunate souls that goes on vacation for one week, and then goes on a diet for about a month afterwards because I can barely afford groceries. I always seem to come back home penniless. I guess when I’m vacationing, it’s easy to forget that I earn a meager living shaving the backsides of llamas. The trade-off always seems worth it though. Everything just seems somehow better when your away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Even food tastes much better on vacation. I could eat nachos out of a dumpster, if that dumpster was in… say….the Mayan Riviera… and they would be delicious!


vacation food

Why is it food always tastes better when away?

Today on the way to work I saw a man holding a cardboard sign that read WILL WORK FOR FOOD. I’ve never understood those signs. If you will work for food, quit holding up a sign telling me about it! Go do some work somewhere, get paid money, and go buy you some food! If you’re just standing there, are you actually doing any real work?


will work for food

Every man has to eat!

All throughout history, bosses have been screaming at their employees, “Quit standing around and get back to work!” Maybe the cardboard-sign-guys know something the rest of us don’t.  Still, I truly believe most of those guys would present a more honest image if their signs simply read, WON’T WORK FOR FOOD, BUT IF YOU GIVE ME SOME MONEY FOR JUST STANDING HERE, I MIGHT BUY A SANDWICH TO GO ALONG WITH SOME BEER.  I know, you’re probably right though… that’s entirely too much writing to put on one small piece of cardboard!


work for beer

Now this sign is honest and to the point!
I was thinking about creating  sign that reads, WILL WORK FOR VACATION. There’s really only one problem with that. Since I really do go to work everyday, I don’t have time to stand on a busy street corner holding up a cardboard sign. I guess I’ll just come out and say it to all of you then…like right now. ” I WILL WORK FOR VACATION”.  Better yet, maybe I’ll skip the working part and just ask all of you to contribute to my new travel-adventure vacation fund. I’m not sure how you can get all those charitable donations to me now that you’ve read this, but I’m certain there are websites designed for those sort of things.



Dreaming of lounging on a beach somewhere with my baby.

The second thing I love about being home from vacation is being able to sleep in my own bed again.  Sure, I don’t have the softest mattress in the world and the bed bugs still bite me when I return; but those bed bugs are my bed bugs and just maybe it’s their small way of telling me they’ve missed me!


bed bugs


I really don’t have bed bugs in my mattress, that was a joke. The bed bugs that used to be in my mattress are gone. I carried them away with me when I went to Mexico a few years ago. They loved the all-inclusive Mayan-Riviera resort and refused to come back home. Anyway, it’s still good being back in South Carolina. There’s always plenty to see and do around here in my home state. I’m just looking forward to that next vacation, regardless of where I go.



A crescent moon hangs over the Palmetto (SC state tree).

Thanks for allowing me to entertain you with these less-than-profound thoughts. Please feel free to explore other areas of my blog, leave a comment, or show some love on social media.

Happy travels,

Big John


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