Why I’m Leaving My Dream Job In Fashion To Go Travelling

If you’re a regular reader you might have noticed that I’ve dropped a few hints that I have a big trip coming up. I’ve finally broken the news to work that I’m leaving, so now I feel I can share the detailsΒ with you.

On the 14th February, my boyfriend Will and I are leaving for Nepal, the first stop on our 3 month adventure around South East Asia. I am so excited for all of the adventures and also a little bit nervous! I’ve never been away from Western culture for so long and I think that will be the biggest adjustment.

A little bit of background…

I studied Fashion Management at the London College of Fashion and I’ve always wanted to work in fashion, but I never really knew which sector. Then, I ended up at a modelling agency, working as an Influencer Booker and it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

I work with an amazing group of influencers and a lovely team. Every day is so varied and different, whether it’s planning an event, attending a photo shoot or days of meetings around London.

So naturally, it was a tough decision to leave. And it was really tough breaking the news too.


Why I'm Leaving My Dream Job In Fashion To Go Travelling

(A picture from my trip to Disney World in the summer which I just thought was fitting!)

Why I’m leaving my dream job to go travelling…

Because the idea of it fills me with excitement

I think one of the main things for me, is that when I picture myself exploring these new locations and spending 3 months immersed in different culture it fills me with nothing but excitement and joy. I’m so excited to see what adventures the world has to offer.

You haveΒ to take risks in life in order to grow

I truly think you’ll never grow in life if you never take any risks. Whether that’s something like attending an event your nervous about or leaving your life behind to explore the world. They’re all risks in one way or another. Once you have the confidence in yourself to follow through, you will only be stronger. You never know how you’ll come out the other side – isn’t that exciting?

You have to have confidence in yourself and your abilities

This is a big one for me. And it’s something my Dad actually pointed out. He said to me that if quitting your dream job and trusting that things will work out isn’t confidence in yourself then what is.

I don’t know what’s going to happen when I get back. I might end up back at my job which would be amazing. But I might not, and that’s where you have to have confidence in yourself. That you will be able to achieve something just as good, or who knows, maybe even better!

Why I'm Leaving My Dream Job In Fashion To Go Travelling

I don’t want to look back and wish that I had

Everyone I’ve met who has travelled has absolutely no regrets. I’m so happy and comfortable in my job right now and I love it. But I don’t know where it’s going to take me and I don’t want to look back in 5 years time and think that I should have gone.

If not now then when?

If you keep waiting for the perfect moment you will never do it. There’s never going to be a ‘perfect’ time. You will always have to quit a job or miss a birthday. If not now then when?

I hope that this has inspired you, even if you have no plans to travel. Maybe it’s just to do something you’ve always wanted to but never have, for whatever reason. But all in all, life has a funny way of working out and you just have to trust yourself.Β 

Why I'm Leaving My Dream Job In Fashion To Go Travelling

I thought i’d finish this post with this picture of us after we got caught in a snow storm, hiking up a hill to explore a cave in Slovenia. This picture makes me smile because we both had every right to be totally miserable at this point. But we weren’t. And that to me shows I couldn’t have picked a better person for the next adventure.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

Frances x

  • common princess

    Nice post! It’s so brave….I absolutely love travelling, although I take small trips lol. I enjoy booking random flights to new places and going with the flow πŸ™‚
    Have fun!


  • Rebecca Ellis

    I can’t imagine what coming to that decision was like, especially since you clearly enjoyed your time as an Influencer Booker but what an exciting new chapter you’ve got coming up! My boyfriend and I are actually in the process of saving up to visit the Baltic States and once he finishes Uni, there’s a possibility we could be moving half way across the world so he can work (he’s studying geology, there isn’t very much here in Northern Ireland). But it also means lots of travel for us.

    Will you be writing about your travels? I’d love to see how you both get on. x


    • It definitely wasn’t the easiest descision but it is something I have always wanted to do! I just think everything will fall into place eventually πŸ™‚ I’ll be writing about bits and bobs on here for sure, just haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to do it yet as I don’t plan on taking my laptop. Wow that sounds so incredible! How long left until he’s done? Xx

      • Rebecca Ellis

        I can’t wait to see what you do write! And he finishes Uni next year, around May I think… but hoping to go to the Baltic States this summer and possibly visit a bit more of Scotland/England x

  • The Sunday Mode

    One of my biggest fears is living a life of ‘what if’s?’ so I feel like completely understand where you’re coming from. No doubt you’re going to have some incredible experiences and learn things you’d never be able to understand in a job, and plus other amazing experiences could end up coming from your adventure as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Exactly! It’s all these things and so much more that I’m so excited for! xx

  • This is so inspiring Frances, I wish you all the best with your travels you’ll have such an amazing time! South East Asia are my countries to explore πŸ™‚ You have to follow your dreams xx

    • Thankyou so much! I was actually just reading your post on Vietnam when I saw this haha! Definitely checking out your blog for some inspo!! Xx

  • Thuy Pham

    Great decision! Travelling is a great learning life lesson too! Hope you will enjoy xx


  • This is so exciting! Good luck and I can’t wait to follow along on your travel journeys. Like you said, if not now, then when? What an inspiration.


  • Oh wow, it sounds like you’ll have an incredible experience! You can never regret experiences that are life-changing! I’m sure you’ll look back in a year or two and think how worth it this was πŸ™‚

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Exactly! I know that it will all be worth it for sure πŸ™‚ xx

  • This is truly amazing post, beautiful pictures as well, I love your blog. Good luck and have wonderful time, thank you for sharing!!!



  • This is so awesome! You go gurl. I am starting down that same path…I have been working in tech the last 4 years, and am in the midst of taking the leap into my passion, thank you for helping fuel my inspiration.

    Good luck & have fun πŸ™‚

    x ashley

  • Yasmin Rebecca

    This is so exciting good for you! You’re gonna have an incredible time and you’re right, you’ll definitely grow, and no looking back thinking what if πŸ™‚ I went to live in Ghana for three months, it was one of the hardest but most amazing things I’ve done. And you meet people, you’re up to new things, seeing things you’ve never seen before and trying new foods that you really don’t have time to miss home! Good luck and have an amazing time! πŸ™‚ x

    Yasmin x
    Latest Post at The Sweet Seven Five: A Winter Warmer!

    • Wow that sounds incredible, so brave too! Thankyou, I’m so excited for all the new experiences! Xx

  • Nati

    You go, girl! You are an inspiration, really πŸ™‚

    Nati xx

  • Well done you!! That’s absolutely amazing – cannot wait to see your photos!! πŸ™‚

    Layla xx


  • Incredible! Wishing you lots of luck on your 3 month adventure! Can’t wait to see your travel photos πŸ™‚ x

    Katina Lindaa | http://www.katinalindaa.com

    • Thanks so much Katina! I’ll be sharing on here for sure! πŸ™‚ xx

  • Maria R

    It was inspiring! I am lacking of motivation lately and I want to travel so bad. I don’t know what to do with my future and that makes me sad. I need a vacation!!! πŸ™

    • If travelling is what you really want to do then you should go for it! I hope you manage to figure out what you want to do lovely! These things take time and lots of trial and error so don’t stress too much! Just follow your heart and intuition and everything will work out πŸ™‚ xx

  • Anoushka

    I really want to do this too, definitely worth doing while you still can and if you’re confident enough to quit your job thats amazing! I’m thinking of working for a couple of years to save up, then travelling the world for 6 months to a year, I get too restless staying in one place!

    Anoushka Probyn – A London Fashion and Travel Blog

    • Totally! I haven’t moved out yet so nothing really holding me back besides my job. You so go for it! So exciting πŸ™‚ xx

  • This sounds so exciting! I took a big leap 2 years ago and moved to Australia for a couple of years and it’s something that I’ll never regret even though it was so hard to do. Good luck and have an amazing time!


    • Frances Kayleigh

      I’ve always thought the idea of moving to Australia sounds so amazing! So brave though, I don’t think I could do it alone! xx

  • I hope you have an amazing time! It’s so much better to enjoy yourself and do things you desperately want to do rather than regretting not doing something πŸ™‚ x

    • Frances Kayleigh

      Thankyou so much Jenny, I couldn’t agree more! xx

  • thesundaygirluk

    “If not now, when” – I love, love this quote! What a wonderful opportunity, I hope you both have the time of your lives! Wishing you safe and happy travels! x

    • Frances Kayleigh

      Me too! I definitely think there will never be the perfect time – so why not now πŸ™‚ Thank you so much! xx

  • How exciting I hope you enjoy your time travelling I wish I could follow in your footsteps!

    Lauren x http://www.huggled.co.uk/

    • Frances Kayleigh

      Thank you Lauren! xx

  • Yasmin Blackwell

    I hope you have the most amazing time travelling – I totally agree that we have to take risks sometimes and do what we dream of! I hope to go travelling when I finish uni in a year and a half so will definitely be looking back to see how you get on!

    • Frances Kayleigh

      How exciting, I hope you get to go everywhere you want to! xx