I quit my job to travel more

Hello! First blog post for my site, whew! Thanks for being here by the way! Stick around because I already have a ton in store for you guys!

So, after 6 years of hopping from one office-based job to another, I finally got the chance to transition to freelancing full time and not worry about being able to afford rent, my insurance, and my lakwatsas. Yeeey!

I resigned from my most recent office-based employment last June 29, 2018. So it’s been over a month into full-time freelancing for me as of the publish date of this post, and so far so good!

Pintadang Anita working from Hotel H2O
Working from the lobby of Hotel H2O during a staycation.

I’m now working as a Virtual Assistant for two US-based entrepreneurs who provide SO MUCH valuable experience that could help me in the long run. I started off working part-time for them, which means that while I was still working in an office, I would come home and work for another extra 3-5 hours for my part-time for two weeks, which was kind of my probationary period as a VA. I somehow managed to handle that kind of daily schedule until my current clients offered me a full-time position, which I happily accepted. πŸ˜€

Pintadang Anita work from home setup
My typical work-from-home setup. πŸ˜€

You’re wondering if what I’m currently earning is enough to pay the bills and my travels? Yes. Yes, it is. To be honest, I’ve never earned this much compared to when I was working for my past employers.

I was able to afford the things I needed to complete my backpacking list. I can set aside a bit of money to send to my family every now and then, and still have enough for savings and my health insurance.

Why did I choose freelancing over a stable, office-based job? Because I want to travel more. That’s it. I’ve been wanting to live this kind of lifestyle ever since I could remember, and it took me many years to finally have the courage to get out of my comfort zone and actually do it, of course with the right preparations.

I didn’t just dive into it. I had to slowly transition and make sure I was going to get the job before letting go of my office-based one. I needed to invest in a reliable laptop and apply for an ISP which took me some time to save up for. I also made sure I wasn’t going to get screwed financially in case everything didn’t work out, so I saved money as my emergency source of funds. Everything boiled down to saving money before full time freelancing and it took me months to prepare everything.

Pintadang Anita working from Hotel H2O
Working + staycation at Hotel H2O

When I finally got the chance to freelance full time, I was of course super scared. I knew what I was getting into, the pros and cons, but at least I was prepared. In the freelancing world, everything is not as fixed and stable as some of you might already know. And that’s just one of the reasons why this isn’t for everybody.

You can’t just quit your job and decide to become a digital nomad or full time traveler, unless you’re super duper lucky or blessed with a ton of money and know a lot of rich investors or sponsors who could help fund you until everything works out. For those who are just starting out, it will be really hard to find a good online source of income which, let’s face it, enables you to do more of what you love and not go hungry, especially for those who don’t rely on anyone else for financial support.

Pintadang Anita work from home hustle
Everyday hustle

This choice of quitting my 9-5 isn’t just about being able to travel full time, collect memories, be rich in experiences. Nope, not at all. This is about doing more of what I love in a wise and practical manner, and have more time for important things that I don’t want to miss out on.

What’s next for me? I’m planning my first week-long trip solo somewhere this August (not gonna say where, internet safety :p) and will be publishing all about it soon.

Pintadang Anita I quit my job to travel more
I wanna do more of what I love

So, for those who would also like to start living life in their own terms, I created this blog mainly for youuu! I’ll be posting about my future travels, digital nomadism, and my zero waste lifestyle advocacy here in hopes of helping out those who also want to start traveling more, having more time for what you love, try freelancing as a side hustle or a full-time job, and those who want to join me in minimizing pollution. Yep, siningit ko na dito yung advocacy ko. Mahal ang domain dzai, dito ko na ipopost ang mga zero waste keme ko. πŸ˜€

I hope my first blog post in Pintadang Anita gave you a bit of an idea of what it’s like to walk away from your office job and do something entirely different from what you’re used to!

Questions or concerns about freelancing? Talk to me! Andiyan yung Contact Me form at comment section oh, or DM mo ako dito sa Facebook or Instagram. Di kita bebentahan ng kahit ano, sasagutin ko lang mga tanong mo hahaha! Or you could just say, hi! πŸ˜€

See you around!

-Colleen ❀

19 Replies to “I quit my job to travel more”

  1. Got inspired.
    Its really been tiring doing 9-5 job.
    The question is until when.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…
    Can you give me idea on how to get that freelancer Online job..
    Thanks ..

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    1. I totally feel you! I used to ask myself that question until I finally set a deadline for myself. πŸ˜‚ I got mine at Onlinejobs.ph, but if you’re not from the Philippines you could try Freelancer and Upwork. If you’re into business maybe consider setting up an online shop, too. Hope this helps! I’ll be making an article about this soon! πŸ˜„

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  2. Love this! I’ve been thinking of taking the leap for years now. Started a blog 3 yrs back and now it’s finally paying off. Will finally leave the corporate world by the end of 2018 to travel full time. Was also looking for a side job other than blogging so was glad to know about onlinejobs.ph Thanks for sharing! ❀️

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  3. Congrats thanks for sharing this, I have been researching about digital nomadism for years now, pero waray ako courage to do it. Haha. But glad to read this from someane I know, atleast it seems so realistic na. All the best!

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  4. I’m glad that you’re doing great on this next chapter of your life. πŸ™‚ More freedom, more time to do the things you want, and more flexibility when it comes to work – minus the restrictions of a traditional office-based job.

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  5. Colleen you are one of the most inspiring and realest people I’ve met! I love that you’re doing this. I also want to create a blog, and I will be seeking your help in the future, thanks in advance πŸ˜€

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  6. hello there Colleen! We’ve been friends on facebook for quite years already (taclobanon). And just like you, I aspire to be a freelancer, in fact I have all the technical qualifications needed to work remotely (I just started this month investing to it honestly) I have been sending application as many as I can every single day hoping to land a good home-based job for myself. I got hired by an Australia-based client but he haven’t signed the service agreement yet meaning I haven’t started working yet as well. Have you encountered such issue? looking forward to hearing from you. God bless!

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    1. Hey! That’s awesome! All the best to your freelancing ventures! I don’t have a similar experience but there’s no harm in doing a gentle follow up with them. πŸ™‚ I would also recommend to continue job hunting while you haven’t signed any agreement yet, especially if you are planning to resign, rendering your resignation, or currently unemployed. Hope this helps! πŸ˜€

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