"It’s never too late to feel a little more alive," how I quit a 9-5 to travel and connect with nature
Quin Schrock from Temecula in California was working as an accountant when he planned to go on a short road trip to satisfy his travelling urges. But he loved the lifestyle so much that he has never returned.
“I was an accountant who spent my days dreaming of adventure,” Quin recalls. “Eventually, all the daydreaming convinced me that if I never got out and travelled I would regret it. I initially planned a six-month road trip to get the travel bug out of me, but it turns out that was just the beginning."
Today Quin is still travelling, and funding his adventures through sponsorships and collaborations on his Instagram account, everchanginghorizon. “Through photography and social media, I was able to gain a following and eventually attract some brands who wanted to work with me,” he explains.
Quinn's mantra is "it's never too late to feel a little more alive" and explains on his blog that as a kid, he spent his free time outside surfing, skating, and pushing the limit on acceptable back flip locations. That sense of wonder and freedom he got from nature never went away, and today his distinct photographic style captures often remote and off-the-beaten-path landscapes.
“I grew up in a city in Southern California and spent most of my days surfing and skating,” he said. "I then moved to Hawaii to attend college and it was here that I really fell in love with hiking and camping in nature. After quitting my job, whilst on my road trip I passed through Seattle where I met a girl called Jess who is now my girlfriend of two-and-a-half years and travels everywhere with me.”
“I’ve never found myself in dangerous situations, but I have got sick quite a bit, the toughest part for me is adapting to different food,” he said. “So far, we’ve visited 21 different countries including much of the Americas and Asia, my favourite place by far is the Philippines but perhaps unlike a lot of travellers I really didn’t like Thailand."
“There’s still so much I want to do though, the places I’m really focusing on at the minute that I’d love to visit are New Zealand, China and Switzerland. I’d definitely recommend this lifestyle to anyone and to any budding photographers I’d encourage them to strive to capture different angles and get a unique style."
“Be consistent and most importantly make as many like-minded friends as possible.”