Today I spent ten minutes or more looking at a honeybee in the patio. Honeybee, remember one of those?

I recently quit my hectic 9-5 job to travel and write. I loved my job but I felt like it was time I made travel my priority. Once I reassessed my life, I realised I was working so that I could fund my travels. What could go wrong if I jumped without this currency parachute? And so I did.

After my jump, a friend suggested an ad by Turiya villa and spa, Goa. Turiya was looking for a temporary property manager, which appeared to be a perfect transition to my new phase of life. Our planets aligned and here I am; staring at bees in the patio and planning my next travel.

The Goan landscape
The Goan landscape

In the past few months, a lot of people have asked me questions about what I am going to do, how I will survive this line of work and how they can venture out to alternate career options, amongst others. These have been my primary guidelines.


I have never been able to save money until I saw a destination I wanted to explore. However, in the last few weeks I have realised that money gives us confidence. Moving cities with no job in sight can reshuffle a lot of our decisions. This is only the start for me and now, I am more cautious and think twice before I spend my money. I don’t expect a rainy day but if it pours, I must be prepared.

Research and stay connected

Doing the homework always helps. My stint with Femina helped me connect and meet travellers and travel bloggers who inspired me. It always helps to get a first person’s perspective and then evaluate the current situation.

The eternal optimist

Nothing can go wrong. Whatever goes wrong, we have not thought about it till it actually happens. I am an optimist and often invest in happy conclusions than worrying about out-of-control consequences. We are here to take chances and none of us hope to jinx it. Let’s keep the faith and smile through it.

The backyard at Turiya
The backyard at Turiya

What’s the heart saying?

I know this sounds like a cliché, but the heart always knows the truth. There isn’t a right time for anything till our heart says so. Intuition tells us exactly where we would be happy and listening to our hearts takes us there. Last year, when I travelled to Spiti, I felt like there was a big change on its way and seven months later, I am living it. (Read more about my Spitian experience here)

Answer those who care

When I decided to take the plunge, there were plenty of questions (and some arguments) from my family and close friends. Understanding and addressing their questions were imperative as was getting their feedback. These discussions put things into perspective and bring in immense amount of clarity. Once the foundation is strong, confidence never deters.

Be open

…To change, chances, people, accidents, memories and everything. It is natural to be a little scared before starting afresh on an unknown road. Change is the only constant and as long as I am open to that, it will be a smooth sail.

Never forget to stop and stare
Never forget to stop and stare

How do you welcome change in your life?

Amrita Das

I have been a travel and culture independent journalist. My bylines have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet Magazine India, The Indian Express and World Travel Magazine. A fellow of Media Ambassadors India-Germany 2019 program by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Centre for Media Competence, University of Tübingen. Currently, I am the photo editor for RoundGlass Sustain, a wildlife and conservation e-publication. I live in India.

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35 thoughts on “Turning Over a New Leaf”

      1. Well I’ve started my blog and on travels at the moment (in Santorini) so writing about my travels and hopefully starting to build a readership… Depending on how it goes would like to transition out of my 9-5 job over the next year or two…. So there is a plan… :-)

  1. Brave new world it is! Congrats and best of luck! Your travelogue is quite interesting. Keep it up :-)

  2. This is impressive!
    It’s a brave move and you have done your homework thoroughly.
    Look forward to hear about your plans about Turiya and your next travel destination.. :)

  3. All the best. I know it’s a difficult decision. I know several people who quit their jobs but after a year or two had to join back a 9-5 routine.
    At times, it’s tough to make both ends meet w/o regular income but then, we should look at the brighter side. :)

    Cheers & happy travels.

    1. Thanks Nisha…I will need the good wishes. Though I am not averse to another 9-5 job, but perhaps become more specific about what I’d like to do. And as we all know it, it has to be something with hands-on travel. As of now, I am here and doing what I love :)

      Take care

  4. You have always followed your heart and did what you had to. I am sure that you are in a happy place. Keep chasing your dreams and follow your heart…and we are there to clarify any confusion :) All the best my sis!

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