Meet the young Australians who are considering QUITTING their jobs and traveling across Europe over the summer

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One in ten Australian adults aged 18-35 will postpone furlough and quit to travel more in 2022.

Dubbed ‘The Great Resignation’, it’s the culmination of two years of canceled holidays due to the global pandemic, screen time fatigue and burnout, with 70% rethinking our current careers, new research from contiki find.

Victoria, Lucy and Andrew have all decided to quit – or have already quit – in a bid to seek new experiences and make up for lost time traveling to Europe next year.

As a receptionist, Victoria (pictured right) had a steady job for much of the pandemic, but that didn’t stop her feeling lost when Sydney went into lockdown in June

VICTORIA, 20

Victoria (pictured) is a receptionist

Victoria (pictured) is a receptionist

As a receptionist, Victoria had a steady job for much of the pandemic, but that didn’t stop her from feeling lost when Sydney went into lockdown in June.

“I felt stuck in a rut after the lockdown and realized I had no passion for my job,” she told Daily Mail Australia.

“As a young Australian, I feel like I’m missing out on years of travel and crucial experiences.

“It’s for this reason that I will be using the Quit for Contiki resignation materials to jet set this summer and start exploring again.”

In 2022, she plans to jump the border to Europe, planning to spend her 21st birthday in Greece, Italy and Spain.

LUCY EDWARDS, 30

Lucy is a full-time nanny and part-time waitress and makeup artist who plans to quit her job in the coming months.

“The pandemic has caused the world to virtually miss the last two years of life,” she said.

“As I turned 30 this year, I am making up for lost time and gaining the last two years of my 20s by getting out of my current rut and going out to see the world.”

Originally from the UK, Lucy has lived in Australia for 10 years, but now would like to return to the northern hemisphere for an extended break.

Lucy is a full-time nanny and part-time waitress and makeup artist who plans to quit her job in the coming months

Lucy is a full-time nanny and part-time waitress and makeup artist who plans to quit her job in the coming months

“My dream is to travel to Europe (and take a little detour to Wales to visit my parents), love France and I would love to see Italy,” she said.

“I just want to drink all the wine and eat all the food. Contiki’s European Quest is the perfect experience for me and well suited to my personality.’

To top it off, Lucy would like to incorporate Southeast Asia into her travels on her way back to Sydney, with Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Bali topping the list.

“It’s time to spread my wings and fly baby,” she said.

ANDRE, 30

Andrew recently quit his 9 to 5 marketing job in the travel and hospitality industry, where he had worked for nearly three years.

“I made this decision as I found Sydney’s second lockdown to be really difficult and I was getting tired from my current routine and work,” he said.

‘With no real plans for the future at the moment, I might consider working for myself to create a life with more freedom and flexibility.’

Originally thinking he was on his own wanting to change jobs and take a break, Andrew has since come to realize that it was very common.

Andrew recently left his 9-5 marketing job in the travel and hospitality industry, where he had worked for nearly three years.

Andrew recently left his 9-5 marketing job in the travel and hospitality industry, where he had worked for nearly three years.

“I recently realized after talking to a friend that I was falling into the big resignation trend. I can see how it’s not just me who’s been affected by the pressure of the pandemic, but so many young Australians who must have missed important life experiences,’ he said.

“I also realized that I haven’t had a real break since graduating from college. I decided now was the time, I could start my Christmas vacation early and start the New Year off right. Besides, no better time than the present.

His next big trip abroad will be to Europe for the summer, where he can travel to his Irish girlfriend’s homeland for a visit.

“Taking extended leave to do it properly is difficult with a full-time job.”

“Traveling the world is a rite of passage for many young Australians, and after the past few years many have missed out,” said Contiki chief executive Katrina Barry.

“It is now more important than ever for people to come back into the world and experience travel – the Contiki way.

Whether it’s swimming in a private pool at a French castle or island hopping in Greece, the European summer welcomes adventurous Australians with open arms.

“For those bitten by the travel bug, we’ve launched a range of new experiences to inspire in 2022.”

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