I Quit My Job and Travelled Around Europe For 10 Days. Here’s What I Learned.

The trip wasn’t great but the lessons were

Chau Trieu
5 min readJul 5, 2023
Chau on a boat touring around the Seine River — Taken by my mother

My last day at work was June 1.

Three days later, I was on a flight to Paris with my parents, kicking off our 10-day Europe trip that was long overdue.

After months of seeing people quitting their job to travel around Europe on Instagram reels, I finally manifested one of my own.

And it was not good.

Having lived in The Netherlands for 3 years and visiting other countries off-season, returning as a tourist was a big mistake.

But this mediocre trip still taught me a few big lessons that I shall keep close to my heart.

#1 I’m extremely privileged

With the ongoing recession and how difficult it is to get a job nowadays, I had the luxury of quitting on my own will, traveling across the world, and still having enough money saved up to not ask for my parents’ support for at least 6 months from now.

That is a testament to how privileged I am.

Of course, I work hard to get to where I am.

But constantly grinding (and the cha-ching that came with it) without setting aside time to…



Chau Trieu

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