My Job Quit Me. Now What?

Call it a career break, funemployment.. my 365 day ‘weekend’ starts now!

My plan then.

I’ve been working while attending school for the last 12 years of my life. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my job and maintained somewhat of a work/school/life balance, but I felt like I was missing out on what the world has to offer.

The thought has crossed my mind before, traveling long term, and after reading some inspirational travel blogs and seeing an ad from Meet, Plan Go!, I figured I would reward myself by putting my career on hold for a break well deserved.

So the plan was to get my MBA, push through work for another 6 months while I decide whether or not a career break is right for me, and more importantly, when.

I’ve been itching to travel long term for quite some time now. But I somehow managed to convince myself, “It’s not the right time” or ask myself, “Is it the responsible thing to do?” Sound familiar?

My plan inspired.

For the last 6 months it seems I kept getting subliminal messages, signs telling me that excuses are just that, excuses. I should take a leap of faith because it is the right time.. for me.

Coincidentally, this past week BootsnAll posted Career Break Resources Around the Web!
A blog post from What is a career break? to Why should you take a career break? How to.. and where..

THIS WEEK’S MUST READ on BootsnAll: Thinking About Quitting Your Job to Travel?

If that’s not a sign, I don’t know what is.

Oh, and of course the biggest sign of all this week came in a lovely package called a severance. I was laid off. 

My plan now.

So what now? I had this whole, I quit my job to travel the world thing figured out. Even drafted a blog post titled, “Dear Mom, I’m quitting my job to travel” slated for release some time in late-November.

But I guess I won’t be releasing that post anymore because it turns out, my job beat me to the punch. Turns out, I did not get to decide whether or not I’d be ready for a career break. Instead, the decision was made for me.. 3 months early! And I have to say, timing could not have been better. :)

Lucky for me, I don’t have to quit my job. My job quit me instead!  

What’s next?

By now you already know what I’m about to say next. I have no excuses now and no reason to postpone the big announcement.

My job quit me so I’m traveling the world!

Well, not quite a full Round-the-World. This trip is different than the rest. We have the opportunity to spend more than just your typical Corporate 2-week vacation so I’m taking it and runnin’ with it — opting for more time in one place over a complete RTW.

Why go? Why not! As cliche as it may sound, you really only live once, so why not make the most of it while you still can. Plus if the world ends in 2012, we’re going out with a bang!

We’re trippin’ through:

  • Asia
  • New Zealand
  • Australia

Can you guess where we’re heading first?

RTW: First Stop Here!
The journey starts December 27th! Save the date. Much more to come!


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48 Responses to My Job Quit Me. Now What?

  1. Aimi Duong September 22, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    I am so so Happy for you Gerard!!! You deserve it! Looking forward to follow your journey Gerard!! CONGRATS!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 22, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

      Thanks Aimi. If you make it back to Thailand next Spring, let us know!

      • Catrina Trinidad September 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

        Congrats and bon voyage! looking forward to your future posts.

  2. MilkThePIgeon September 22, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Niceee that sounds pretty awesome. Not to mention you gotta heed the signs when you see em! Sometimes it does take that slap in the face to get the ball rolling — i’ll be sure to stay tuned to see what you guys are up to!

  3. Anonymous September 22, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Whooo, NEW ZEALAND!!!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

      You got it right Becs! We hear it’s so beautiful out there..

      • Anonymous September 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

        I loved my time there and I love reading about other peoples experiences.

        Can’t wait to read about yours!!!

  4. Romeo Soria Jr. September 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    your job quit you because the world wants to see you..

  5. dagucon September 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    go, go, go! and keep posting–i’m living vicariously. :)

  6. Elaine Baul September 22, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I’m excited for you Gerard!! Looking forward to reading about your future adventures.

  7. Nguyen A Nancy September 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    TIMING IS EVERYTHING! And since you needed a push, I guess fate made the jump for you :) I’m excited for you G!!

  8. Anonymous September 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Wooooooo! A big adventure await. We’re excited to follow along on your journey. Plus, funemployment is awesome. We might even be in NZ at the same time!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

      Thanks guys! That would be awesome if we could hook up in NZ… maybe we could even make it one of your awesome videos! I just went through the Galapagos videos, and loved the 2 birds fighting.

  9. Sarah's Toothbrush September 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    I also got laid off from my job right in the middle of making plans to quit my job to travel.

    It sucked because I wanted to make this dramatic exit (like Jerry Maguire) but I don’t think that would have left me on such good terms with my boss…

    Anyways, super exciting stuff! Can’t wait to read about your travels!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

      That would’ve been classic! I wish I could make a grand exit too, but the company stole my thunder! Oh well… time to move on. Hope your toothbrush is making its way through Thailand pretty well!

  10. Leannah Lumauig September 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    hell to the yeah!! i’m sorry you got laid off, but i’m also not sorry. severance sounds like the shhhh!! this was a blessing for you both. cannot wait to follow your trippin’. i would have loved to come visit you….who knows? maybe i still can ;)

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 23, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Thanks Nana… And who knows, that Thailand full moon party still may happen for you! =)

  11. Christine September 23, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    Congrats! That’s so exciting! I bet you were probably the happiest person who’s ever been laid off. Looking forward to following your adventures.

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 23, 2011 at 9:44 am #

      You got it right Christine… I was dancing on the inside (for myself). How’s Spain treating you? Kieu & I have always been meaning to go to Southern Spain since we’ve only been to Barcelona

  12. Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    Sorry to hear about your job but as you said –> life’s helping you get your master plan into action!

    How exciting! Glad things are falling in place for you :) I’m guessing…. Asia is your first stop!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 23, 2011 at 9:45 am #

      Looks the plan is coming together! Asia. Close, but not quite!

  13. Technosyncratic September 27, 2011 at 3:43 am #

    Most people would be freaked out after being laid off from their job, so it’s awesome you’re able to turn it into a positive situation! Of course, being ready to quit probably helped, but still. :) Can’t wait to follow along on your travels!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin September 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

      Thanks guys! Another good thing about being laid off is having more time to work on the blog, it sure is time consuming. =) Hope Europe is treating you well!

  14. Jeremy October 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Sucks that it was a bit early, as im sure it could be good money for the trip, but if it doesnt stop your plan then you should be doing ok!

  15. Micamyx|Senyorita October 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Looking forward to the grand adventure! Just in case you pass by the Philippines, just email me :D

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin October 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      Manila could be a possibility considering it’s cheaper to fly into Hawaii from there. :)

  16. Dianne Rambke October 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Can’t wait to read all about it!

  17. Amer @TendToTravel October 8, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    I’m happy to hear you’re finally able to do what you really wanted to! Take it and run with it. Good luck and safe travels.

  18. Maria Alexandra October 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    Awesomeness! I’m still waiting to pull the trigger, but like you said, so many signs, ack! We’ll see what happens in the next couple of months. Until then, I got my plans laid out:

    Enjoy your amazing RTW trip! I’ll be on that side of the world hopefully mid 2012! =)

  19. Lily October 13, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    What a great blessing in disguise (well, undisguised in your case :)). Sometimes things just line-up and I’m so happy your travel plans have worked out. It’s been great following you on Twitter and Facebook, so definitely looking forward to more of your updates later :)

    Good luck packing! ;)
    – Lily

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin October 13, 2011 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks Lily! Packing will definitely be a challenge as we try to squeeze everything into carry-on size backpacks. Wish us luck!

  20. Allison October 20, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    My job quit me 3 months ago also. I knew I couldn’t stay there forever, but quitting/doing my own thing/traveling was always for “later.” I was actually REALLY happy when I got the news of the severance, and I haven’t looked back since!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin October 20, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Yeah. That severance is a blessing for people who have been looking to travel but lacked time or money. Now it’s time to take action on everything you’ve been meaning to experience!

  21. Lois November 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    Funny because I actually wrote that post- but to my dad:

    I’m very excited for you! I just finished a 6 month backpacking trip and I’m seriously travel addicted. I’m going on more journeys next year and slowly working my way to location independence. If Philippines is on your itinerary, drop me a line. I’d love to show you around!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin November 11, 2011 at 12:04 am #

      How awesome is that? Were you originally planning on going back to work after the 6 month trip? Phillippines isn’t on our itinerary, but if we end up stopping by there, we’ll be sure to hit you up! Thanks for trippin’ by!

  22. Pinoy Travel Freak November 16, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    wow! good for you :-) good luck on your upcoming adventure!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin November 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks Gabz! You have great photos on your blog by the way. Thanks for trippin’ by!

  23. Anonymous November 21, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    How exciting!! congratulations!!!!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin November 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Thanks Jen… Are trip date is getting pretty close… pretty nerve wrecking. But excited.

  24. NancydBrown December 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Enjoy your career break. What a trip!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin December 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

      Thanks Nancy ‘What a trip!’ indeed. Wish we were at the expedia blogger event. Hopefully we’ll be on the up & up next year within the industry.

  25. Cldecoste December 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    Looking forward to reading all about your adventure!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin December 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks Crystal my Canadian connection! Tell I Adam I said whattup!

  26. Michayla Other January 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    Your both great writers, look forward to reading your adventures!

    • Gerard ~ GQtrippin May 28, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Aww. Thanks Michayla! I let Q do most of the writing stuff. I’m too lazy. I’m more of a visual guy. :)

  27. Anita Mac April 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Always nice when the hand is forced….and a severance is always nice,especially if you were in the planning stages already!!!

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