Meet the five women of Instagram who quit their jobs to live abroad

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Penelope Travers

Let's face it, who hasn't sat at their office desk, mind-numbingly working on a spreadsheet, all the while fantasising about walking out that door and boarding a plane to the nearest tropical destination?

But then we snap back to reality and just carry on doing what we do - because, well, the bills have to get paid somehow.  

It's one thing day-dreaming about ditching the 9-to-5, but it's an entirely different thing altogether to actually go out and do it. Yet that's exactly what these five women have done.

Whether it was to pursue a passion or just because they fancied a change, they quit everything to go live abroad, some without a clue of what they were going to do when they got there.

Yet they're all much more fulfilled now and have fully embraced their new lives, whether that means teaching yoga in Abu Dhabi, building sustainable housing in Bali or helping Yazidi women in Kurdistan.

Come be inspired by their Insta adventures...

Lucy Ruthnum, travel blogger, Australia

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What's her story? After graduating with a degree in English Literature and Language, 25-year-old Lucy, from Norfolk, worked a series of different jobs, from serving up milkshakes to being a columnist and journalist. She decided to go travelling around the world and hasn't looked back since. She's now set up camp in Darwin, Australia, while she plans her next trip, and has turned her travels into a successful travel blog, Absolutely Lucy

Follow her for: Dreamy beach and underwater snaps and sumptuous-looking food (@AbsolutelyLucy). 

Tina Bock, yoga instructor, Abu Dhabi 

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What's her story? Although Tina, 27, from New Jersey, has a degree in Music Industry, her real passion lies in yoga. In 2012, she decided she wanted to pursue that full time and travelled to India to do a 200-hour course in Ashtanta yoga. After successfuly getting her Yoga Alliance Certificate, Tina taught in top studios in New Jersey and Canada, before relocating to Abu Dhabi with her husband. She also co-created the Bodhi Yoga Academy, which offers yoga retreats.

Follow her for: Completely mind-blowing yoga poses which she executes on her travels (@tinabock).

Ruth Barry, baker, Berlin

What's her story? Ruth, 31, started off her career as a sculptor and manager of a contemporary art publishing house, before quitting to study baking in Paris (where else?) with renowned chef Christophe Vasseur. She then came back to London to open up her own business, Black Isle Bakery, which instantly became a hit thanks to Ruth's delicious pastries filled with seasonal fillings such as duck's egg, tarragon and haddock.

However the cost of running a business in London proved to be too high, so Ruth decided to move to Berlin this year, after she spent a weekend there and met a woman she fell in love with. Now that she's started getting more clients, she plans to open a café.

Follow her for: Pastries, glorious pastries and inspiring lifestyle pics (@blackislebakery). 

Elora Hardy, sustainable housing designer, Bali

What's her story? Elora Hardy, 35, had a successful career in fashion in New York before she decided to move to Bali to build sustainable housing made of bamboo. She decided to made the jump in 2010, after she visited Green School, a holistic community and school made of bamboo, which her parents-in-law built in Indonesia.

She had grown up in Bali so knew she could work with sustainable materials and local craftsmen. Soon, architecture and furniture company Ibuku was born. Elora also hosts regular talks to promote a sustainable future.  

Follow her for: Mind-blowing bamboo homes and snapshots of life in Bali (@ibukubali).

Delal Sindy, aid worker, Kurdistan

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What's her story? A year ago, 24-year-old Delal, who is half-Swedish, half-Kurdish, quit her job and studies in Sweden and travelled to Iraqi Kurdistan to help men, women and children fleeing the Isis militants who had crossed over into the Sinjar mountains.

Delal began to share the traumatic experiences of Yazidi women who had been victims of rape on her Instagram account, and thus brought the issue to the attention of the world. 

Follow her for: Inspiring pictures of Yazidi women and powerful stories of their survival (@delalsindy). 

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Penelope Travers

Penny Travers is a freelance writer covering anything from beauty and fashion to travel and lifestyle. She has a penchant for cheese, karaoke and shoes. Not necessarily in that order.

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