Today marks one year to-the-day since I finished working at KPMG and started my around the world adventure.
At the risk of sounding incredibly cliché, I wanted to quickly share 3 of my takeaways from reflecting back on the last 12 months:
1. It’s the people who make the experiences what they are.
No matter what you’re doing, whether it’s driving across the Hai Van Pass or turning up to work on a Wednesday, the people that you are surrounded by makes the biggest difference to the outcome of your day. Being around like-minded, positive people makes the world of difference.
2. Money doesn’t make you happy, but it sucks when you don’t have any.
I truly believe that you don’t need to be rich to travel, and some of the best memories from my travels were on days where I barely spent a penny, but inevitably without any income the savings will eventually run dry. That’s when things start to get stressful.
I’ve been fortunate to find three different temporary jobs on my travels to help pay the bills. Across these roles I’ve seen no correlation between the amount of money I’ve been paid and my job satisfaction. That’s definitely something I’ll try to remember when I look for my next job back home.
3. The best things in life start when you go outside of your comfort zone.
It’s so easy to take the comfortable option; staying in when you don’t know anyone at the party, only applying for jobs where you have direct experience, ordering fried rice because it’s the only thing on the menu you know you like. The thing is, I’ve found the best things in life happen when you do exactly the opposite of that.
It’s been one amazing year, but the journey isn’t over yet.
If you want to follow the journey the best place to check out is our instagram @TheHuntForViews
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