How I Quit My Job To Travel

Our life in LA was pretty set! My husband and I both worked for an amazing company, we had just moved into the cutest loft and we both bought our dream cars. In the little free time we had away from our jobs we spent it hanging out with friends and family. Everything was going amazing but there was always that feeling that something was missing.

Ever since we took our first international trip to Bali we had this urge to go travel. We always thought that full time traveling was out of our budget and something meant for bloggers and the wealthy, but after going to Bali we realized that traveling doesn’t have to be that expensive and that anyone can live this lifestyle with the right planning and preparation.

As we grew more tired of the busy LA lifestyle dealing with expensive housing, traffic, and the lack of nature we started really considering packing everything up and leaving it all behind to travel full time. As crazy and scary as it was to think of leaving our friends and family behind, we decided to give it a try.

We knew we could do it, we just had to downsize our lifestyle and find a cheaper place to live. What’s the worst thing that could happen?


The Plan

Now that we had decided to head out and reset, the hardest decision was choosing a location to call our new home. My husband wanted to move abroad, but I wasn’t ready for that big of a change yet. We settled on moving to another state and we wanted this new place to be young, fun and outdoorsy yet not break the bank.

Three cities met these criteria for us: Portland, Denver, and Austin. We had visited Denver and Austin before and both were great places for young people to live in. Denver offers many outdoor activities and Austin has an amazing music and food scene.

As great as those places are, we wanted to experience something different and live in a region we had never explored. We had heard many great things about the Pacific Northwest from friends and family, and everything we found online seemed to back it up.


Toketee falls oregon


A land of beautiful greenery with waterfalls and volcanoes around every corner, a world vastly different from the concrete jungle of LA. Without having ever visited the region and without having a specific city in mind, we decided to head north.

When it was time to let everyone know about our move we kept going back and forth with thoughts like “Are we crazy for doing this?” and “Is this the right decision?” But after long deliberation, we both came to terms that we wanted a change.

We put in a notice with our landlord and a few days later I put in a notice with my work. Everyone was surprised and there were many tears, but as hard as it was, we decided to go through with it. There was no turning back now.


The Move

We said our goodbyes, packed the U-Haul and left our sunny California in search of a new adventure.

The days leading up to the move were filled with a lot of uncertainty and doubts, but as we drove out I could feel those doubts disappearing mile after mile and being replaced with a sense of relief and excitement. We had no idea where we were heading but I hadn’t felt this stress-free in a long time.

As soon as we got to Portland, we felt like this was it! Something about it just clicked and without saying a word I knew my husband and I both felt the same.


multnomah falls oregon


As we were driving around, I was falling in love with this city. It has green parks, rustic bridges, a cool downtown and mountain views in the distance. This was it! I knew that Portland was going to be our new home.

So we made a few of appointments to view apartments, dropped our stuff off at a hotel and went exploring. Every neighborhood we went to was so different and unique.

Some were artsy and cool with food trucks parked in lawns serving delicious out-of-this-world food. Some reminded me of a mountain skiing city like Mammoth or Big Bear. Some were more suburban with the typical mall stores, chain restaurants, and Starbucks on every corner.

All in all, I knew there was a lot to explore in Portland and I wanted to give it a chance. We spent a couple of days looking for apartments and decided to get one in a hillside community that has many parks and trails nearby to go hiking and running.


The Life After

I couldn’t be happier with our decision to leave our busy LA lives and move to Portland. Yes, we had to make some sacrifices to live here, but it has been well worth it. So far we have already explored long trails that lead to insanely gorgeous waterfalls, vast beaches with humongous rocks scattered all over them, the inland high-desert, volcanic mountains, and the quirky downtown with, did I already mention, delicious food. There is so much more to explore and I cannot wait.


oneonta gorge oregon


Life is too short to spend every minute in the office and constantly stressing yourself out instead of doing what you love. Sometimes we need to stop ourselves, take a leap of faith, and know that there is something better waiting down the road.


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13 thoughts on “How I Quit My Job To Travel”

  1. Hi Laura, it’s me again! I remember visiting Portland when I was expecting my daughter (over 14 years ago) and I still have very fond memories of that city. On our last trip to the Pacific Northwest back in ’07, I seriously did not want to leave when it came time to fly back to Long Beach!

    I really envy you and Joel for being able to move to someplace spectacular and start fresh. I sincerely hope I can take my family again to Seattle, where my sister lives, in the near future and do a stopover at Portland to say hi!

    1. Hi Daisy! Portland is so great! I fell in love with it the moment we drove in. If you are in the area feel free to stop by anytime! We haven’t made it to Seattle yet, but it’s on our bucket list.

  2. Hola! Laura!
    Excelente Filosofía y Estilo de Vida. Tienes la Maravillosa Suerte de Vivir en un País Grande, en particular Oregon es muy Hermoso, Portlan es mi segundo Hogar, ahí ene esa Ciudad Vive mi Familia. Lo Visite un Par de veces y estoy dispuesto a regresar el proximo Verano…


    1. Hola , Ernesto!
      ¡Gracias por tu comentario! Portland es tan hermoso. Desde que me mudé aquí me he enamorado de Portland y Oregon. Espero que tengas un viaje maravilloso con tu familia el próximo verano. ¿De donde eres?


  3. Great Blog and fantastic for you both for making the move to the Pacific Northwest! I hope you will enjoy Portland just as much during our rainy season! Your Instagram and blog have motivated me to open my eyes to the beauty of Portland and the surrounding area, and for me to get out more and explore, thank You! Never stop exploring. Live the way you want. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you, Shauna! Portland has been great so far! I can’t believe how many parks, trails and fun things there are to do in Portland and Oregon. It is definitely a big change from living in LA, but change is sometimes needed. I am truly enjoying it….even during the rainy season : )

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