I had been working at an investment 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 corporate world behind and embarked on a five-month journey around the world. This journey opened my eyes to the world around me and provided fresh insights. The repercussions of this trip linger as I find myself on a whole new path full of adventure, challenges and inspiration. Several months after this epic trip, I wrote an essay describing its profound impact on my state of mind and well-being, and how travel changed my life.

One of my stops during my round-the-world trip was Easter Island

How travel changed my life

My Travelations essay documents the circumstances that led me to leave the corporate world behind, the things I learned during my world trip and how travel changed my life forever. You can find this essay in the 9-page free Travelations e-book by clicking on the cover below.


how travel changed my life




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  • […] Where was your most memorable trip? I went on a five-month solo round-the-world trip in 2008, a trip I’ll never forget. I got to see places I’d previously only dreamed of visiting like Bora Bora, Easter Island, the Great Barrier Reef, the Atacama Desert and Patagonia. The experiences I gained and the lessons I learned during that trip had a profound impact on myself and my outlook on life. To learn more about that trip, click here. […]

  • Really helpfull and quite fantastic! Good work on this article. It’s worth reading.

  • ooooo same passion as me , inshALLAH I will do the same trip in the future.Best of luck for you Jenkins..:)

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  • Bravo, Keith. Sounds like you’ve come a long way 🙂 Nothing better than traveling to teach us to be present, while crisis is nature’s way of telling us to change or be changed. Keep going with the flow and better things will come your way 🙂 Give a holler if you’re ever in LA! – Vicky

  • Keith – it looks great.
    Glad you followed your dream 🙂

  • Thank you Clare for your comment and your unwavering support. Really appreciate it.

    Big hugs,

  • Just setting out on such a venture myself, it is reassuring to read your article and all of the supportive posts. Great stuff everybody 🙂

  • Hi Keith,

    Wow, wow, wow. I had no idea about your background or your story until this link was just posted on Twitter.

    Thank you for sharing! Quitting the corporate world and all the (fake) security it offers is a massive jump and few people have the courage to do it. Too many people are caught up in the vicious circle of working to survive and so few people are willing to do anything about it – so kudos to you for taking the plunge 🙂

    And, as you know, once you’ve tasted freedom you’ll never look back! Here’s to completed freedom and discovering all the wonderful places the wolrd has to offer – cheers!


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  • Thanks for sharing your story! It’s a brave thing you’re doing and efinitely very inspiring to all of us many who are looking to make the shift in our own lives. Look forward to reading more.

  • Thank you for your comment Linda. Really happy that you love my blog! 🙂
    Regarding your query, I was in Seminyak, Bali just last August and it was fine. The Kuta/Seminyak/Legian area is a popular tourist stretch with lots of hotels, restaurants, shops and bars. Kuta is especially a popular surf spot for people from around the world, including many young Australians. Many foreigners also live in this area, giving it a very international feel. I’ve been to Bali four times and not once did I feel unsafe. I truly love Bali and its people. The terrorist attacks there were horrid and took many years for the tourist industry to recover but something like that can happen anywhere in the world. In recent years, security, especially in the tourist areas, has been beefed up, but that still doesn’t 100% guarantee anyone’s safety. My advice is to be vigilant (wherever you go) and try to avoid crowds if you can. Simple common sense is very effective in keeping us safe.

    Best regards,

  • Hi Keith,

    A mutual friend of ours gave me the link to your blog. I love your story!! Lots in common… I was in the investment industry for 20 years and in 1982 my fiance and i went on a 4.5 month trip around the world.

    I am told you would be a good person to speak to about indoensia. My 22 year old daughter wants to go to a surf camp in Seminayak, Kuta. I am beside myself with worry. While she is level headed and well-travelled, I worry about terrorist attacks,the credibility of the surf camp, the crime, the natural disasters, the remoteness of this camp,ETC. The fact that she is traveling with another young, pretty blond doesn’t help my level of anxieity either. Canada and Australia have both issued travel warnings for this country. I wish they would go to Hawaii or Australia.

    Any advice/info you can share would be most appreciated. Thank you so much! LC

  • Thanks so much four your comment Antoine. I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to help out. 🙂
    Thank you also for sending the ebook around. Really appreciate it.

    Best regards,

  • Thank you so much Natalie for your comments. Really cool that you like the word “Travelations”. Thought it would be only fitting to name the book that way: revelations from my travels. 🙂
    Change is indeed good!

    ps/good luck with your endeavours in 2010. Will be keeping an eye out for you. 🙂


  • PS – LOVE the term “travelation” – so fitting, and so common. I’m convinced that there’s a “travelation” from every journey we take, whether we recognize it or not…something new is always learned.

  • Thanks Keith for the inspirational read – great story! Many of us are in the same boat and know it’s so hard to decide to make a change and get out of a familiar routine. But with stories like your’s we can see what is possible when a giant leap IS made. Change is good, go for it! Keep up the inspirational posts!

  • Keith, how very beautifull these lines of Faith, Beauty, Fear and above all -maybe,- Courage! Very Inspiring. Open. Makes me hungry for more,’like ; ‘what did this interesting lady tell you that inspired you so much? Tel us more, make the book bigger, I’d say, with stories that people told you on your yourneys…
    I was just working my keyboard and singing ‘there as a boy and as he wandered very far, this he said to me … (Nature boy, Eden Abhez) and then remembered to leave a respons..
    Keep on travelling!

  • Thanks Jen. Anytime you need some encouragement, tips or advice… you know where to find me! 🙂

    Hugs back,

  • I want my copy!! Bravo for taking that huge leap of faith!! I’m still mustering up my courage. I may need tips and advice from you!


  • Thank you Simon. Hope you like the ‘novel’. 🙂 Really appreciate your hospitality. I’ll certainly be in touch when I visit Milan.

    Best regards,

  • Hi Keith,

    I just downloaded your novel and will read it very soon. When you mentioned to me about your past experience in investment banking I was almost sure of where you had been working and what might have happen… Now I have the confirmation.
    Definitely, we have lots in common, although I made a different choice. Would be really great to meet you some day.
    Milan is not among the most beautiful cities of the world but… if you plan some time a w-e of good food, nice exhibitions and good design, my home is open.

  • I personally know Keith and can honestly say he is a GREAT guy. He has been helping me with my own project, His insights and assitance have been invaluable.

    I am so glad you decided to take this road, Keith. And I’m even more happy that we met. I’m still working for “The Man”, being “an employee of someone” like Gaby (Hi to Bali!) says. Luckily, I’m steadily working towards changing this. Along the road, I’ve made so many amazing & invaluable friends that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I am really grateful for all the blessings and I’m sure there are tons more to come.

    I’ve traveled myself… Europe, Turkey, Mexico… Still have so many amazing places to know, though! Good thing I’m young and enthusiastic 🙂

    Cheers to Keith! Kudos!

    Warm regards from Cancun!

  • Thank you Gaby. I’m absolutely convinced that if we stay on this path that’s close to our hearts, eventually we will be rewarded. U pun…sukses selalu ya! Terima kasih!

    Bug hugs,

  • Keith, you’re always inspiring. I did exactly the same thing as you : I was bored to be an employee of someone and didn’t plan to be for the rest of my life,then left the boring office jobs.
    But two big different things from you :
    – I did not jump from the plane with a parachute
    – Thus I could not travel the world like you did
    Only a crazy brave girl like me ever dare to do this, Dec’08, just right in the middle of world economic crisis!
    Here I am, a very struggling travel & culinary blogger, but when I read amazing travel stories such as yours, it encourages me, and gives me more spirit to keep writing and writing, and who knows where this new journey will end up, for all of us.
    Sukses selalu, ya Keith! You’re a great person!

    Love from Bali,

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