It has been almost six years since I quit my job to travel the world, and in that time, I've learned a few things about the experience.

Quitting your job to travel around the world is a common aspiration. Many articles have been written about it. It comes up in advice columns plenty. And it is perhaps the staple narrative for travel bloggers, many of whom build entire careers around selling the fantasy of a nomad's life free from cubicles.

Every one of these sources treats the subject badly.

The thing about the quit-to-travel narrative is that it is the mainstay of the travel blog entire. As a result, most people who approach this subject have a pretty clear story to tell. Either they want to sell the dream or they'd like to pull everyone down to earth by poking holes in it. Neither of those positions is entirely correct.

Quitting your job to travel the world can be the best decision you've ever made, but only if you take it seriously and approach this issue with due consideration. A 35-year-old who's itching for adventure can do this wisely, professionally and well. But just loading up some travel blogs and buying a one way ticket? You'd be better off watching Rudy a bunch of times and counting on life as a walk on for the Irish.

Don't dismiss this idea out of hand. Don't fall in love with it either. Here's why.

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