I had been working at a Dutch bank for ten years when it was taken over. Months passed before it became clear to me that I needed a break. I was exhausted and I felt jaded. Many aspects of my life had gone into auto-pilot mode and I was just there for the ride. I was tired of it. I wanted to renew my zest for life, reignite my passions and start to really enjoy the things and people I love. I left the bank in the summer of 2008 and embarked on a five-month journey around the world; a journey that opened my eyes to the world around me and provided fresh insights. This solo trip changed my life in many ways. The repercussions of this trip linger as I find myself trudging along a new path full of adventure, challenges and inspiration.
I wrote an essay documenting the circumstances that led me to leave the corporate world behind, the things I learned during my world trip and my endeavours since. You can find this essay in the 9-page free Travelations e-book by clicking on the cover below.