How to Travel the World Without Quitting Your Job

March 5, 2013

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Contest closed! New contest here!

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In one of my most read posts, How I Make This Travel Thing Work, I list the top three factors that I attribute to being able to travel the world: desire, time and money. You could easily simplify that list to just desire and argue that if you have a strong enough passion or desire for something, you WILL find a way to make it work.

I understand that sometimes the desire and passion is there, but you might be a little stuck or afraid of taking a chance and trying something different. Trust me it’s happened to me and I’m grateful for those gentle (and not so gentle) nudges to get me moving in the right direction.

Lots of folks have reached out to me asking for guidance on how to make travel a bigger part of their life. Most seem to think that they need to quit their job and sell everything to make it happen. Some have even proposed going back to school to make travel a possibility. I’m not saying quitting your job or going back to school is a bad thing, but it may not be necessary just to see the world.

So for those of you out there ready to make your travel dreams a reality but not sure how to get started, this one’s for you!

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On March 26th I’ll be FINALLY releasing the e-book How to Travel the World WITHOUT Quitting Your Job detailing exactly how I do what I do and how you can take similar steps to do it too!

And because I love you guys so much, each week I’ll be doing a drawing for one lucky winner to win a free copy of the e-book and other cool prizes to be announced soon!

To win all you have to do is…

  1. Be on the mailing list. (I promise no spam) Not already on it? Click here and enter your name and email address.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me your top 3 dream destinations!

In the mean time, feel free to check out my FREE download, 5 Steps to Making Your Travel Dreams a Reality by signing up hereIt’s a quick read and great primer to the upcoming e-book!

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About April D. Thompson

April D. Thompson is a published travel writer, freelance marketing consultant and global citizen. For more travel adventures, tips and advice, like the Absolute Travel Addict on Facebook, follow on Twitter, connect on Google+ and subscribe for free updates via e-mail. Happy travels!

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103 Responses to “How to Travel the World Without Quitting Your Job”

  1. Matthew Says:

    This is a real difficult task April, but since I have to pick just three, then those would be:
    Seychelles
    Bora Bora
    The Maldives can I add two more please? Thanks and those would be The Bahamas and Jamaica.

    Reply

  2. Ernest Constant Says:

    My top three destinations would be
    Ghana,Africa
    Brazil
    Italy

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  3. sheela Says:

    My top 3 destinations:
    1. Australia
    2. Egypt
    3. Belgium

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  4. Rita Says:

    Paris
    Spain
    South Africa

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  5. Joanna Says:

    Hi April!

    You just gave me hope!
    Here are my top 3 dream destinations:
    1. Greece
    2. Egypt
    3. South Africa

    Holding on to the dream, I believe it will happen!

    Reply

  6. Stephanie Says:

    Hey April,

    It’s been ages since Mercer. Hope all is well!!

    I would love to go to….
    1. South Africa
    2. Italy
    3. France

    Reply

  7. ArmchairTraveller Says:

    Run into your website while searching for reviews on the MatadorU travel writing course. I’m thinking of doing it ;-)

    Top three travel dream destinations, hmn… this is tough but here’s mine.

    1. Spain
    2. The Philippines
    3. Peru

    Thanks for the downloadable e-book by the way.

    Cheers!

    Reply

  8. Opal Kestoe Says:

    London
    Paris France
    Germany

    Hi April,
    Hope you having fun in Spain!

    Reply

  9. Jamila Wideman Says:

    Hawaii, Fiji, Spain

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  10. Donna Ledbetter Says:

    My top three destinations are:

    –Hawaii
    –Egypt
    –China

    Thank you for running this contest. I hope I’ll get a chance to read your book.

    Reply

  11. Gwen Campbell Says:

    Hi April; I met you back at the Meet plan go Miami event. So happy to see you’re doing well! Haven’t taken off on any significant travel quite yet (except a lot of US travel), but if I left tomorrow, I’d pick one of these:
    1) Australia (doesn’t matter where!)
    2) Dubai– has been on my bucket list forever
    3) Fiji– to test out my new scuba diving skills!

    Good luck with the book!

    ~Gwen

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    • April D. Thompson Says:

      Hi Gwen! So happy to see you around these parts. No worries on your travel plans. Travel is personal. You move when you are ready and go where you want. Don’t diminish your US travel. It’s a beautiful country that we often neglect. And thank you!

      Reply

  12. Dawn Says:

    WOW!!! This is hard. Ok, here are my choices:
    Paris, France
    Italy
    Trinidad/Tobago

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  13. Lauren Hill Says:

    1. Italy
    2. Kenya
    3. United Arab Emirates

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  14. Vanessa F. Says:

    Monaco, Macau and Istanbul!

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  15. Eric (@E32crew) Says:

    This is awesome, and definitely look forward to the e-book! Here are my top 3:

    1) Germany

    2) Egypt

    3) Brazil

    Reply

  16. Monique Says:

    “How to travel the world without quitting your job” is definitely a story that needs to be told. Can’t wait to read it.

    Reply

  17. Rhonda Washington Says:

    My Top 3 Destinations would be:

    1. Hawaii
    2. South Africa
    3. Paris, France

    Rhonda W.

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  18. Louis Skip Gonzalez Says:

    Congrats on the book April!!!!!!

    My 3 are:

    1)Maldives
    2)Bora Bora
    3)Thailand

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  19. Mil Says:

    This post is really amazing.

    My choices are:
    1. Paris
    2. Bora Bora
    3. India

    Reply

  20. Eric Says:

    1. Spain
    2. Hawaii
    3. Bora Bora

    Reply

  21. Alouise Says:

    Picking three places is hard, because there are so many places I want to see but I’ve wanted to go to Morocco, Australia, and Peru for a very long time.

    Reply

  22. Mary Says:

    First, congratulations on the book! Narrowing it down to my top three destinations was tough, but I think I’ll have to go with Turkey, Jordan (Petra!) and Greece. :)

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  23. Martice Sutton Says:

    Congratulations on the book!!!! So excited to check it out.

    1. Greece
    2. Ghana
    3. Chile

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  24. bwlivingwell Says:

    ugh ONLY 3?!!? lol

    okay….

    1. Croatia (for the beaches)
    2. France (south of France to be exact)
    4. Tanzania (for the beaches and safaris)

    what a great contest!!

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  25. Shari Says:

    Hi Alll,

    My top 3 places I long to visit are:

    1. Dubai to see the worlds tallest building and ski in desert heat just to name a few of the exciting options offered by visiting.

    2. Papua New Guinea to visit Oceania & see some tribes of people that have had little influence from the outside world.

    3. Madagascar to see many species of animals and flora not found in any other parts of the world in addition to the diverse mix of population.

    Shari

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  26. Larissa Parks Says:

    Congratulations on writing your book April. I look forward to reading it. What a wonderful achievement!! My top 3 destinations are:

    1. South Africa
    2. France and Italy
    3. China

    Reply

  27. D Says:

    Hi! My top three dream destinations are Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina. I can’t wait to go!

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  28. Sandie Says:

    Can’t wait to read your book April :) Good Luck with the launch!

    My Dream Destinations are:

    1. Jamaica (which I frequent often, however, I will never get tired of visiting and will go as much as I can)

    2. Italy

    3. Africa

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  29. Nikqui Says:

    Randomly picking three places to visit from by travel bucket list:

    - Seychelles
    - Azores
    - Jeju Island

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  30. judy Says:

    1. Bali

    2. Brazil

    3. Paris

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  31. Ikeogu Imo Says:

    As of now my top 3 dream travel destinations are Cairo, Egypt; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan

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  32. Karen R Says:

    Congratulations April, can’t wait to read the eBook.
    Picking where to go is difficult,but I’d say…
    Spain
    Greece
    Singapore … no Hong Kong….
    I can’t really decide, so many places I’d to see

    Reply

  33. Paolo Says:

    Congrats April! Hopefully this book will be the first one of a long collection :-)

    Reply

  34. LadyLittlefoot Says:

    Top Three (which is always subject to change)
    1. Iceland (Glaciers, Aurora Borealis)
    2. New Zealand (Hobbitton)
    3. Victoria Falls (Eastern Africa)

    Reply

  35. Vanessa Goodman Says:

    1. Ghana
    2.Turks & Caicos
    3. Rome

    Reply

  36. Angela Myers Says:

    My top 3?! Ohhhh, ahhhhh, hmmmmm. Lets try:

    1. Dubai
    2. Thailand
    3. Greece

    Reply

  37. Ornella Says:

    For m it most definitely has to be
    1. Australia

    2. Italy

    3. South Africa

    Also you’ve been linked! Check out my weekly link love post: http://as-told-by-nella.blogspot.com/2013/03/friday-link-love.html Hope you enjoy :D

    Reply

  38. Ashley Says:

    Forever dream trip: hiking & hot springs in Japan
    Ultimate relaxation trip: Greek Isles
    Newest travel obsession: Thailand by train

    Reply

  39. Nikki Marchmon Says:

    Paris
    London
    Rio De Janeiro

    Reply

  40. Karen Kraimer Says:

    1. Greece
    2. Italy
    3. England
    4. I could go on and on!

    Reply

  41. Kelly Clawson-Vandiver Says:

    My 3 favorite places to travel so far:
    1) Jamaica
    2) Jamaica
    3) Jamaica

    Reply

  42. Allison Wunderland Says:

    I love this! I hope I win the e-book, but if I don’t win it, I’m buying it. My top 3 travel destinations:

    1- India
    2- Greece
    3- Egypt

    Reply

  43. MDK Says:

    1. Cross-country road trip (U.S.)
    2. Italy
    3. Greece

    Picking a top 3 was hard. There are so many places I want to see and experience (Cuba, Brazil, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Morocco, Costa Rica, Ireland, Spain and the list goes on and on and on).

    Reply

  44. Brandy Says:

    My top three destinations are Brazil, Japan and Western Africa. Looking forward to reading the book!

    Reply

  45. Sharee Washington Says:

    My top 3 dream destinations

    Madrid, Spain
    Paris, France
    Capetown, S. Africa

    **Bonus**- Rome & Florence, Italy- I’ve been to both, but would love to go back again, and again, and again.

    Sharee

    Reply

  46. Renee W. Says:

    My top dream destinations are:

    Fiji Islands
    Italy
    Sierra Leone

    Reply

  47. Jason Says:

    Dream destinations…humm.

    My top 3:
    -Thailand
    -South Africa
    -Antarctica

    ADT, how can we make my travel dreams come true?!? (Lol)

    Reply

  48. Felicia Says:

    Top three travel destinations:
    South Africa
    Paris, France
    All 50 States

    Reply

  49. Aisha Says:

    Hmmm…
    South Africa
    Japan
    New Zealand (o God I’ll die so that I can stay :-) )

    Reply

  50. Tawanna Says:

    Good job and what a great thing for you to share your process with other people so that they might also follow their travel dreams. I’m sure a lot will be inspired and thanking you later for the insight.

    Reply

  51. IrieGirlTravels Says:

    New Zealand
    Galápagos Islands
    Patagonia

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  52. Celenia Says:

    In no specific order here are my top 3 dream destinations….

    1. Greece
    2. Maldives
    3. South Africa

    Reply

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