I finally made up my mind to leave the UK for good a few years ago after spending over twenty years travelling and working around the world. Worked out of Singapore for a while now have a couple of companies of my own in Thailand. Life couldn't be better.
I have considered moving for good, and have done so. I think it is always more stimulating, to live in a foreign country.
As for, would your move be wise. I would not do it too abruptly. I would do the office job for a year, while saving money, for a possible move. During the year, I would add interesting aspects to my life. Have interesting hobbies, go away for weekends and frequent places where the people outside the mainstream go. U might find yourself enjoying life where u are, more that u think.
Funnily, I have been thinking of getting my ancestry visa for the UK and moving there for a while. Perhaps you and I can switch lives, Rach-a. Feel like being a travelling consultant in North America for a spell?
Your post could not be more timely for me. I am at a point in my life where I know I want to find a different career path, get out of my hometown, etc. The rational part of my brain is telling me to find a job here in the States, to get on with life, find a girl, buy a house. . .
But what initially started as my "plan B" has moved to the forefront of my mind and I can't really see myself putting it behind me at this point.
So I am in the process of applying to teach English in Korea, which I am hoping will allow me to save some more money to travel, and with some luck give me some time to work on some writing that I have been meaning to get to for ages but can't seem to find time around here. I am also in the process of trying to figure out if I might also be able to work for the Olympic News Service during the Beijing Olympics, as I know several people who did this in Torino. So basically, I'm looking at jetting off again, but I'm hoping to do so with more of a "responsible plan" than I have done in the past.
Part of me is definitely thinking, 'you ain't getting any younger, forget about this,' but I'd say most days the other voice is winning the battle. We'll see.
But yes, you are definitely not alone.
Hey guys, thanks, oh btw Greg, I could swap, but the question is, do you fancy being a secretary and a receptionist? Hey imagine that, if there could be such thing as jobswap where travellers could swap jobs for a few months or whatever, until they were ready to return?!!! That would be cool!! With my experience of travelling, I would like that, only it would make me want to jet off all the time I think!! Well I'm considering another RTW trip next year after saving some money up. I may settle somewhere, I may not, but right now, I'm not so settled here!! Mmm the travelling to Asia is either gonna make or break me I think!! I'm going to Japan to learn Japanese, and then other parts of Asia combined with either New Zealand or Canada/USA - can't decide!!
The rational part of my brain is telling me to find a job here in the States, to get on with life, find a girl, buy a house. . .
I've been told that they have girls in other parts of the world too, in case that helps alliviate some of your confusion.
yes,and I made it,
moved from Germany to the small Island called Bonaire,part of the Netherlands Antilles 17 years ago.
when I came sailing from Curacao and got the first sight of the typical houses along the waterfront I said,I would like to live in one of this old typical houses.I felt in love with this Island.
,but still I took my time till I really was sure that this little Island should be the place for my future life.
If you find the right place fore you will feel it,your feet stop iching.
and yes I live since 17 years in one of this old houses.
I still love to travel,but was since 15 years not back in Germany,travel only South America and NZ to visit my brother again,but after a few weeks I wanna go home.this is something I never said before.
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Tell me about it! I asked the same question on the general forum back in May.
It certainly does open your eyes to the endless possibilities out there, things sure aren't getting any better in this country at the moment.
I consider the chance I will move back home non existing. It's fun to be elsewhere. It's an adventure, even the small things, like how to buy stamps. (It's a real mission in this country!!!) Anyway, there is no reason to live in a country just because youre born there! You are free to do what you want. And you can always move back. Wise or not do what your heart desires.
And good luck!
Hi there, wow there are some good stories coming in here, and good advice too. I think it is comforting also!! I have to say I'm proud of my culture and I feel I'm blessed being born into my family and having English as my mother tongue, on the other hand, it's a big big world out there!! I loved English teaching when I was in Brazil, and learning about the culture and peoples of Brazil, as well as other South American countries, although the visa was a bummer to get in Brazil, also keep but it was fun being there!!! After this advice, I've decided it's still cool to keep travelling and I'm not ready to stop Hence why I've decided to travel to Asia next year and hopefully soon teach there too, however a lot of places in Asia expect you to have a degree, which I'm working on - not just to teach in Asia, but for my own self development and knowledge, and who knows, one day, total career change. I have a big desire to learn about Japan now, don't ask - just the way I am and I constant thirst for knowledge and other cultures!! I've put up a post about Japan in travel companians and who knows, but I'm such a dumbass I've put it up as 2009 originally!! Anyway better dash back to work!! AAGGH!!