Reiseentscheidung, Lebensentscheidung

Demnächst auch auf deutsch 😉

A good while ago I was facing a hard decision I know would change my life. I had a safe job as a teacher and got an offer to live and work on a 20m/8m catamaran sailing along the coast of Croatia, the Med, crossing the Atlantic Ocean and up the Caribbean to finish the adventure in Fort Lauderdale 10 months later. You might think: This is a tough decision? Are you kidding me?   To me it was. Why? Everybody said if you quit your job you won´t get another one close to where you live now and what about your relationship? At this time in Austria there were too many teachers but not enough jobs. Plus I had to deal with being away weeks from home, family and friends.

I had a hard time thinking about the pros and cons and it got me nowhere. I love traveling and exploring the world but the same time I like being with my family and friends and in the past I struggled with home sickness.

So: Who to listen to? What I really learned and still use today when I am facing a tough decision:

Think about yourself in the future and ask yourself if you will regret it your whole life not doing it?

This took all the pressure from me and I made the decision that I will live and work (as a private teacher) on a catamaran and see many new places because I would regret it my whole life if I would have said: „No!“ to this opportunity.

what to do

In retrospect I am thankful to my PAST-ME. The relationship ended, I even got a better job afterwards I couldn´t even dream about (as a principal) at that time close to my home town.

Starting to cross the Atlantic Ocean not knowing how it will be. It´s like our life. You don´t know how the journey goes on.

Starting to cross the Atlantic Ocean not knowing how it will be. It´s like our life. You don´t know how the journey goes on but I learned: Making no choice is a choice. Glad I made the right choice.

And here I am having a life with a great relationship and I will always remember the time I lived and worked on the catamaran. If you´re facing a tough decision think about if you would or not regret it for the rest of your life.

Did you face some life changing choices? Do you have any tips for us how to face them? Would be great to hear about it in the comment section.

Comments 43

  1. Nen Job findet man immer wieder und ne Wohnung auch. Das sind alles nur Ängste, die einem von der Außenwelt eingeflösst werden. Einfach machen und die beste Zeit seines Lebens haben. Zumindest solange man ungebunden ist und keine Kinder hat. Und selbst dann, funktioniert das auch mal für ne Zeit. Ich war ein Jahr auf Weltreise, ein Jahr in Australien und zuletzt mit ganz kleinen Kindern zwei Monate in Thailand. Und irgendwann geh ich bestrmmt wieder. GlG, Nadine

    1. Post
      Author

      Da hast du wohl recht, aber wenn man mitten in der Situation steckt ist es nicht immer so einfach dies zu entscheiden. Ich kann auch nur sagen, dass du Recht hast und ich auch froh bin diese Erfahrung gemacht zu haben.

  2. Really great advice. Although for many people this should have been an easy decision, sometimes doing what’s best for us involves stepping out of our comfort zone or giving up the thought of how we see our lives turning out.

    1. Post
      Author
  3. I totally feel how difficult the choice was for you. I think it’s a lot easier to leave a job you don’t like than one you like. When I left for my RTW trip I left a job I hated, now I want to leave again but I keep postponing because I love my job and life in Italy so much…. but I am going to leave, just need another year to save up.

    1. Post
      Author
    1. Post
      Author
  4. Excellent article and great advice. I think a lot of people face decisions like this at some point throughout their lives, and it may sound horrible to say, but I think a little selfishness goes a long way. You have to think what is best for you and you alone.

    1. Post
      Author

      That´s true but some people don´t like it if you are selfish but on the other hand if you don´t do what you like you feel miserable and that´s not nice and fair to the other ones.

  5. I know the feeling all too well – did this myself last year as I left my law firm in New York to try out life in Africa. Life seems to work out as long as you keep your chin up and put passion into whatever you do.

    1. Post
      Author
  6. What a great post. „You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take“. Some of life’s best experiences come from stepping outside of your comfort zone.

    1. Post
      Author
    1. Post
      Author
  7. What a unique opportunity! Working as a teacher… on a catamaran, of all places 😀 I’m glad you chose a path which turned out for the best. It’s funny how some of the decisions that are hardest to make are actually quite simple..

    1. Post
      Author

      In retrospect most of our decisions are quite simple but when you are in the middle of choosing and thinking it´s like you can´t see the wood anymore because of all the trees. 🙂

    1. Post
      Author
  8. Glad to see you took the leap and it worked out for you. We left on a RTW trip last July and it was hard to make the leap when we were so settled and comfortable, but it was a great decision and we will come back richer people.

    1. Post
      Author
  9. I had to make a similar decision but sailing the other side – the Pacific. It took me exactly one night to completely change my plans – instead of going north to Mexico and home afterwards, I jumped as a crew on a sailboat going to French Polynesia and ended up in New Zealand again, 7 months later! My dad stopped talking to me for a while when I told him…But just like you, it was one of the best decisions I´ve ever made and I will always remember it too 🙂

    1. Post
      Author

      Sorry he stopped talking to you for a while but in the end you were happy and that´s all that matters. The Pacific would be interesting too to sail. Maybe one day.. 🙂

    1. Post
      Author
    1. Post
      Author
    1. Post
      Author
  10. Always good advice. I decided long ago that I would make no room in my life for regret. I’ve moved around between continents, quit jobs to create and make room for new ones. I don’t really know any other way to live at this point. 🙂

    1. Post
      Author
  11. Great advice! If you live life with no regrets and go with your gut feeling things usually work out and I am glad it worked out for you. It would be amazing to sail around the Mediterranean, it is actually one of my goals in life!

    1. Post
      Author
  12. I completely agree with you. I had a similar dilemma in 2012. My partner had moved to a different country in 2011 and we had been apart for a long time…only seeing each other every so often when flights were cheap. I had an amazing job back at home, a nice apartment close to my family and friends and I found it incredibly hard to make a decision.

    But I finally decided that my family weren’t going anywhere and I could easily find another job, but a life without my partner would be terrible. So I quit my job and moved country (Czech Republic isn’t so bad!) and now I couldn’t be happier. I asked the exact same question…Would I regret it if I didn’t do it?? 🙂 Great post!

    1. Post
      Author

      Wow. That´s great you made your right choice and love your life right now. The Czech Republic is our neighbour state but I was never there so far.

  13. Eine einfache Entscheidung, wenn man „ohne Kind & Kegel“ ist. Mann, Beziehung, das kann alles überdauern oder eben nicht. Anders sieht es aus, wenn man auch die Verantwortung für ein Kind trägt. Da fällt die Entscheidung definitiv schwerer : )

    1. Post
      Author
    1. Post
      Author
  14. Great philosophy. It reminds me of that quote by Mark Twain: „Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover“. And in your case, since you were on a boat, that applies quite literally. 🙂

    1. Post
      Author

Schreibe einen Kommentar

Deine E-Mail-Adresse wird nicht veröffentlicht. Erforderliche Felder sind mit * markiert.

Diese Website verwendet Akismet, um Spam zu reduzieren. Erfahre mehr darüber, wie deine Kommentardaten verarbeitet werden.