Date
29 May 2017
Many young people believe that travel is the best way to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Photo: Faungg / Flickr.com
Many young people believe that travel is the best way to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Photo: Faungg / Flickr.com

Nearly a third of HK young people want to quit job to travel

Why waste your precious time cooped up in an office? Quit your job and travel.

That seems to be the thinking of a growing number of young people in Hong Kong.

About 28 percent of young people in the city said they have considered quitting their job in order to travel, Apple Daily reported on Friday, citing a survey done by online travel agency Expedia.

Of the 500 young people interviewed in the survey, about half agreed that the best way to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life is to travel.

Over 60 percent said they had traveled at least once in the past year; nearly 80 percent said they would spend less than 25 percent of their annual income on travel, while 1 percent would spend all their money to satisfy their wanderlust.

Traveling has become a trend among young people who want to escape from the pressures of life, said Tsang Yuen-yi, marketing manager of Expedia Hong Kong.

Hyatt is one of them. She worked in one of the big four accountancy firms as an auditor right after acquiring an undergraduate degree.

“I have saved some money which I originally intended for an MBA course. However, I thought that I have studied enough and I didn’t think I could get a promotion in the near future,” Hyatt said.

“At the same time, I broke up with my boyfriend, so I decided to quit my job and travel.”

Hyatt resigned from her job two years ago and traveled to Britain, Argentina and the South Pole — alone.

She said she was happy with her decision: the journey boosted her self-confidence and communication skills.

Will, 27, and his girlfriend had saved about HK$100,000 in two years and decided to spend it all traveling to 23 countries in 20 months.

He thinks it was worth it, although they ended up with zero balance on their bank account.

A 24-year-old man businessman surnamed Lee holds a different view.

He said young people should focus their time and energy on building their career.

Some of his friends quit their jobs for a working holiday overseas, but the move was “just for fun”.

“The world may change a lot after you spend one or two years having fun abroad,” Lee warned.

Steve Chung Lok-wai, an assistant lecturer at the Global Studies Program of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said many young people who have no family burdens would like to travel for a while to escape the pressures of work.

But Chung also reminded them that some employers may not like to hire people who can’t seem to hold on to their jobs.

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