Why I Quit The Corporate World to Travel the World

Now vs. Before

I did it! I did it!I quit the stress of the corporate world, and now I’m going to see the real world! I’m so excited, it’s going to be so….wait, what have I done? Did I just quit? What about my financial obligations: rent, student loan, Tinder…er, romantic dates, and of course, my weekly Krispy Kreme doughnut binges (I am a proud addict). I can see my mum’s reaction now:

Mum: What happened? You quit to travel where?
Me: To travel around the world, mummy
Mum: Which world? Hey, this boy has killed me ohhh. We need prayers.


The truth is, it was a very difficult decision, but it was a decision that was a long time coming. Ever since I read Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne as a little boy, I have fantasized about embarking on a similar if not less ostentatious adventure. The only thing standing between me and this goal was …everything.

Everything, until 2016 happened. No, not Trump, way more personal than that. Anyway, it made me realize that nothing is promised. It also made me question what I worked so hard for. That question led to another one; what makes me happy? It quickly became clear that working 14 hour days was not the answer. Sure the pay was good, but the satisfaction was temporary. My soul needed more.

Someday you won’t remember what you had…but you will never forget what you did – Steve Jobs.

After a lot of soul searching, I allowed myself become who I have always been; someone who derives pleasure from moments, not possessions. So I swapped the Street for the trail, traded the briefcase for a backpack, and substituted the Oxford shoes for Merrells.

An entrepreneur friend of mine once said, “chase the dream, but don’t lose sight that there is more to life”. So to Wall St., I say, it’s been real y’all. Thanks for the memories. You have beaten me down, lifted me up, built my character, tested my mental strength, and afforded me sustenance along the way. Now I take all that on the road. I know not what I will find, but I certainly hope to see a lot.

Come see the world with me; follow my adventures via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gogaclay/

I also write on Medium: https://medium.com/@gogaclay

A subsequent post would contain my itinerary, as well as a theory I intend to test out as I travel. So come back here and come back often. Lastly, don’t keep this to yourself; share these links, tell a friend, and have that friend tell another friend, because nobody keeps secrets anymore!

Goga Clay
Ps: Remember to love people and use things.

13 thoughts on “Why I Quit The Corporate World to Travel the World


    Go on Bruv. Rooting for you.

    Curious to see the itinerary.

    Who knows might join you at one of your destinations.


  2. Bon voyage mon ami! Sorry I didn’t get to fellowship with you before you hit the road. Will definitely check in for your updates.


  3. You’ve got my absolute support bro.
    Traveling the world na major resume booster so you ain’t losing nothing.
    God be with you every step of the way.


  4. This is really interesting, so many people would love to do this and I can tell you for free you have RAISED the bar…I wish you all the best and as our school song says “when the call is sounded, all must answer HERE”. Godspeed bro and FLOREAT


  5. I wish you heightened emotional satisfaction, internal peace and intellectual growth as you explore Gods external world and your internal one. Travel safely and travel well.
    Floreat Collegium!


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