I’ve Finally Handed In My Notice To Travel Solo

It was not as if the ball had not already started rolling. My decision to travel solo around Canada for six months had been made and my flight was booked. But when I finally handed in my notice at work last week, this felt like a huge deal.

Even though I was planning it for a while, there was a strange surge of emotions after that piece of paper was handed over detailing my plans to resign in a couple of months.

The reality is that I have been in an unhealthy working environment for years and although I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that have arisen, such as becoming a qualified senior journalist, huge chunks of my self-esteem and trust in people have been eaten away.

While it took a lot of strength and perseverance to stay and get through my training, it took even more strength to make the decision to leave.

This is not the place to go into the details, but let’s just say that it will be like a weight has been lifted when I can finally walk away and take control of my life again in a positive way.

At a time when the economy is in tatters and jobs are like gold dust, making a decision like this takes much more thought.

Will there be a job when I return? Will I run out of money too quickly? Will all of my plans fail? etc…

But at the end of the day, I am feeling more and more excited in anticipation of my travels as the departure date closes in.

Although there are many ‘what ifs’ floating around in my brain, I know solo travel is definitely the right thing for me to do.

I no longer feel like I am being carried along with the current.

The final countdown has now begun!

Have you ever handed your notice in to go travelling? What were your feelings?



  1. March 3, 2012 / 21:15

    it’s pretty obvious you made the right decision for you. There will be aj ob for you when you return and it will be a better fit. Canada is waiting for you!!

  2. March 3, 2012 / 23:29

    Our most important decisions are usually the toughest, aren’t they? But that growing excitement you’re feeling is telling you that you made the right one. Put the what if’s behind you and make the most of your solo travel opportunity. We’ll be following along.
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  3. March 4, 2012 / 01:28

    Go Alison! You may be terrified; you may think you’ve lost your mind, but at some point you’ll look around and notice that how magical and beautiful this world is and that you have all the time you need to explore it. You’ve already gone further than most people, who talk about wanting to travel and never do.

    Everything will work out, and the experience will be amazing. Canada is an awesome country to start with. (I’m really excited to be exploring your Maritime provinces this summer. I’ll send you a kiss from your east coast.)
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  4. March 7, 2012 / 04:39

    That’s so exciting and I dream of handing in my notice to travel (one day I will). Looking forward to hearing about all your adventures and let me know if you come to Calgary.
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    • March 7, 2012 / 18:49

      Thanks Claire, I’ve been dreaming of this for a long time so happy it’s finally becoming a reality. I’ll definitely give you a bell if I’m in Calgary, which I’m pretty much sure I will be at some point over the summer. :-)
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  5. March 7, 2012 / 19:26

    Congrats. You will likely miss things about the job as the time away from it dulls the pain and you begin to forget the bad bits. That is not to say you made a mistake. Good on you for taking control and doing what you want with your life. :)
    Enjoy Canada, bring a coat.
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    • March 10, 2012 / 12:22

      Thanks Andrew, the only mistake I have made is that I didn’t make plans to leave sooner. But you’re right about time making things easier and remembering the good bits – think that’s a handy self-preservation thing. I have a weather-proof coat at the ready for Canada which my lovely little sister got me for Christmas :-)

    • March 10, 2012 / 12:27

      That’s great advice Marcia and so true, thank you :-)

    • March 20, 2012 / 22:00

      Thanks Emme, best decision I ever made :-)

  6. March 17, 2012 / 20:43

    Congratulations! I love reading about people at the beginning of their travels; you can just feel the excitement. Look forward to reading about your adventures!
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    • March 20, 2012 / 21:59

      Thank you Edna, it’s definitely an exciting time. I can’t wait to get on that plane now. Or rather get off it on the other side :-)

  7. March 26, 2012 / 12:32

    It’s a hard decision to make, but you will seriously have a ball! Be brave, and have an amazing time. Can’t wait to read all about it.
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    • March 26, 2012 / 21:12

      Aww thank you, I can’t wait now. Going to try and be brave and push myself out of the shell. Don’t think I’ll have a choice, he he :-)

  8. May 1, 2012 / 13:43

    My old workplace did a re-org and I found myself jobless a few years back. Ended up spending the next 3 months cycling and touring around Asia and (with the exception of a few really hot days and some really big hills), never regretted my decision to do so. You have to take the opportunities as they come, and traveling solo is the best way to do it! Good luck in your travels!
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    • May 3, 2012 / 13:54

      Hi Allyson, wow what a trip, you must have good fitness – I’m not sure I could do that! Glad you don’t have an regrets and I like you’re comment about taking the opportunities as they come :-)