Yeah! living in Saudi Arabia is magnificent and vibrant. “But mom, I need to see you and sister.” It has been two years and 5 months since I am away from my family.

I mean, I am single and happy, But the feeling when I’ve got all these years with  full of aspirations that someday I can prove to my cousins and friends that I did a good decision as the only boy of my parents. A lot of things has changed, from day one to 730 days where I cope with different cultures, people, and work ethics. It is not always easy to work from 8 to 6 in the evening, yes I have a fast pacing life here, where only Friday is the rest day, tried to steal a single rest day just to travel around the kingdom no matter what.

While working in Saudi Arabia somewhat reasonable and who am I to complain? I can say that my salary in Saudi Arabia is greater than those paid in western countries. No kidding!

Jeddah city, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah city, Saudi Arabia

Then what…

 

Then I need to travel. It took me some time to tell my plan to my boss that I wanted to have a break after all. I mean leaving this country temporarily for just 60 days. I don’t know if this is enough to travel North Africa, central Asia, and Eastern Europe, but what I am sure is that I love to travel. A friend of mine once sent me a quick message on Facebook. “Hi Friend, when are you going to treat us? When are you going back to Spain? Let us go to the Philippines!” wait a minute. I need to take a deep breath.

Boss, I need to take my annual vacation. Can I? since I will not be going to the Philippines right away, my employer has allowed me to purchase my own ticket at a lower price. Imagine, I booked a flight to Morocco  for 628.00 Saudi Riyals plus taxes that 90% cheaper if I will come all the way from the Philippines. A four-hour flight to Casablanca with a layover of four hours in Egypt. My employer will provide a cash whatever the price of the ticket going back to Manila (Philippines) and vice versa. I just saved some couple of bucks.

Hey! it was one of my perks to go for an annual vacation. I am not ready to quit my job and I still need it. I still have needs. Patience.

I feel very lucky for being able to keep my corporate job, have a lot of savings and maintaining my travel blog too. I am traveling to Africa, Europe, and central Asia, not as a tourist. I don’t want to be a tourist. I wanted to live together with the locals, eat, play, and share experiences.

But boss.

Thank you for the trust and understanding. Sorry for those not so perfect data that I had submitted, those days where I can’t meet your expectations. I just want to travel now. I am not quitting, I am happy with my current job right now. My first 6 months here is like a quitting stage, and I did say the word ” quit!” but now, a different me will say, ” I am not quitting, who says?”

Invest in me. I will go back soon.

While taking my annual vacation can be more exciting than staying in a cubicle for another 2 years- another contract that will be renewed, the same routine that I need to do, meet new people and new faces outside of my company- these are all possibilities once I come back in Saudi Arabia.

I am not quitting my job, I will be seeing you soon.

 

 

Did you experience the same thing? Were you employed and want to travel as well? Share your thoughts!

 

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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.
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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

2 Comments

  1. خاور ملک Reply

    Love you Bhai keeps it up Allah bless you.

    You are a great man.

    I like your job and your work style☺☺☺❤❤❤.

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