Running from responsibilities or living the dream?

Since we were kids, society pushed us to go to school, to get a job, to get married, to buy a house and have kids. But is this kind of life for everyone? Everybody is different and has different needs. Therefore, why should we all follow the same path?

I’ve been following what society told me to do up to a point. I went to school, worked hard, and got admitted to a top university and got an awesome job. I even loved my job.

Cliff jumping at Salagdoong Beach Siquijor
Chilling in Siquijor, Philippines

I’ve always wanted to work in marketing & advertising and I’ve learnt so much from my job and the people around me but is this all there is? I didn’t mind waking up in the morning and going to work but after 2 and a half years I have started to think how my life is gonna look in the next 30 years.

The answer was this: go to work 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, get a loan, buy a house. And then it hit me: THIS IS NOT WHAT I WANT.

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couple on a bamboo raft at Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor
Exploring waterfalls in the Philippines

After working so hard to get my dream job and after focusing on my career, I’ve decided to quit and leave everything behind. Crazy, right?

I know that this is becoming a trend right now; you hear about people quitting their jobs or postponing their studies to travel all the time but usually, they are choosing this path because they hate their jobs or because they are not ready yet to go to university.

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However, I chose to quit because I think that life is short, and spending half of it in front of a computer is not something I want for my future. I was lucky because my partner in crime, my boyfriend, was thinking the same.

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Happy in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Getting ready for traveling full time was not an easy task. We had one month to get ready and we barely had enough time to finish all the preparations. 

The question we are getting most often is: ‘How do you afford to travel full time?’. Well, we’ve been saving up money for the past 2 years with no purpose in mind. Every extra dollar we had at the end of the month was put into a savings account.

After two years, we had enough money to pay the deposit for an apartment in Bucharest. However, we were not ready for this step. We were not even sure that we want to live in Bucharest for the next years.

And then we realized that we have enough money to travel full time for at least a year. It seemed like the most natural decision since we were traveling during vacation days anyways.

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Blue Temple Chiang Rai, also known as Wat Rong Seua Ten
Blue Temple, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Some people said that we’re immature and that we’re running from responsibilities but I like to think that traveling full time is an investment. With the money we had, we chose to buy time. Time to do what we love, time to explore new opportunities and places. Time is such a valuable resource and many people don’t see its real value.

Also, many people have this idea in mind that you have to work when you are young in order to save up money to travel when you are older. I don’t necessarily think that this is wrong, it just depends on how you are seeing things.

I want to travel while I am young because now I am in good health, I can walk for miles every day, I can climb mountains, I can bike for hours and do any form of physical activity. When you are getting older, traveling gets harder and more tiring.

We have no idea where this road will take us but I’m sure that it will be a life-changing experience, one that we will never forget!

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May the travel bug bite you!

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Aurelia Teslaru

Aurelia Teslaru is a professional travel blogger and the writer behind Daily Travel Pill. With a 4-year experience as a travel writer and photographer, Aurelia only shares travel guides about destinations that she visited.

She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

To follow her adventures, check out her Instagram and Facebook pages!


  1. March 3, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    So inspiring Aura! I’m so jealous of this your new life. Enjoy!

    • dailytravelpill
      March 3, 2018 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you so much! Hope to meet you again along the way!

  2. March 3, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! I hate it when people make comments that traveling is avoiding responsibility. If you are able to do it and that’s what you want in your life, then why not?! And you’re totally right – so much better to do it while you’re young and healthy! I really think a lot of people also don’t recognize the concept of saving money – my husband and I live off half our income so we are able to save a lot. Also, we never buy plane tickets, we use points. There are so many ways to make travel possible if you really want it! Great post!

    • dailytravelpill
      March 3, 2018 / 3:53 pm

      So glad we are thinking the same! Travel is totally affordable if you know the shortcuts!

  3. March 3, 2018 / 5:04 pm

    Oh my God, YES! Everything about this. It’s like every single sentence was written by me haha. So excited for you, best decision ever! 🙂

    • dailytravelpill
      March 9, 2018 / 6:48 am

      Haha. Great minds think alike 🙂

  4. March 11, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    We agree. We’re running *to* something not from something. We were conventionally successful but wanted to travel more. All the older people who should have been traveling still weren’t traveling and we didn’t want to miss our chance. We’re in our 40s and traveling is a WORK OUT. I can’t imagine trying to start this in our 60s. We agree take it on the sooner the better.

    • dailytravelpill
      March 12, 2018 / 12:59 pm

      So happy we share the same thoughts! 🙂

  5. Jim
    October 16, 2018 / 1:53 am

    Go for it Aurelia! I grew up in Maryland, USA. I’ll soon be 65 and have hardly done any traveling since we first had kids 30 years ago. When I met my wife we traveled quite a bit for a few years before having kids, and I miss it alot! When I was 26 I spent a whole winter in barbados which was my adventure for a lifetime I guess. We have never traveled to Europe or been out of the U.S. all this time because we just couldn’t afford to do it. I dream of travelling and will make sure my dreams come true. Enjoy your youth, your energy and your time. You are a very wise person!

    • dailytravelpill
      November 5, 2018 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much for this message! Dreams do come true and I am sure that you will have the chance to discover this amazing world! 🙂

  6. June 3, 2021 / 5:56 am

    wow! Bravo and amazing
    I need some fact and figure about the waterfall around the world. firstly, go to the Google search bar and type “List of the world most beautiful waterfall” then I found your beautiful collection of waterfall from the Asian continent. Really, impressed. I don’t know why I was reading your travel blogs But I travelled with you where you went, what you ate, where you stayed, what you experienced. Sometimes later I forget What I searched haha! I read your entire blogs And think that that’s life. Really Really I enjoyed reading your travel Blogs. Hye dear Aura! May God bless you. Enjoy your life. million of million Love from Himalayas Country Nepal.

    • Aurelia Teslaru
      January 19, 2022 / 9:20 am

      Wow, thank you so much!

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