Why I Quit A Fortune 100 Company To Travel In A Van
I called my dad to tell him I quit my job at a Fortune 100 company to travel in a van and he said, “I was hoping you’d get used to it someday.” I wasn’t running from my responsibilities but towards a life of my dreams. He supported that and suggested I give it everything I have.
When I was 23 I landed a dream job working in global business for a $50B/year tech company. I earned multiple promotions and pay increases fast. My purpose was to save the company money and I was good at it.
After the first year I was negotiating multi-million dollar deals around the world but my heart was empty. I spent my days wishing I was somewhere else.
That’s not how life should feel.
Life’s short and I need to keep moving or it passes me by. I sat in traffic four hours a day. I lived for weekends and on Friday mornings woke up too tired to do anything. I was happier living out of a backpack or from my car. I didn’t need to spend money on useless crap. The real reward is living and the time to do it is now. I won’t wait until I retire because what if I don’t live that long.
I sacrificed things I want but don’t need like Louboutin’s or a honeymoon in Hawaii and saved it towards my getaway plan – photography equipment to practice my passion and a van that could take me anywhere.
A life without purpose leads nowhere but if I don’t find meaning in the work I do everyday I end up with a meaningless life. I need to love what I do not make a lot of money doing it.
Nine months ago I left the security of a steady paycheck and 401K and started living out of my campervan. I work from my laptop most days running a website and creating content for brands and vegan restaurants. It’s not all free time. I’m working with investors on a strategy to launch my online business. I hustle hard even though I’m homeless. Now it’s for something I’m passionate about travel, vegan, and fashion. I don’t make as much money as I did before but my soul is blooming and I have an abundance of the most precious commodity time.