There are those of us who like to venture to the unexplored. To see the beauty in the strange and unknown. Those of us who go out there with a sense of wonder. Bridging worlds, cultivating our curiosity and riding delight in our differences. If you are one of us, and you want to explore more of this great planet, maybe then you are ready to go out there and widen your world.
I think it’s safe to say that most of our knowledge of the big wide world comes from the idiot box and the internet, not from firsthand experience. I definitely would encourage and help as many people, especially young people and women, to travel the world and move abroad. I don’t know anyone who has regretted moving abroad but I know plenty who have regretted staying behind.
These days it’s pretty simple to spin a globe and jet off to wherever your finger lands. And while traveling is important in itself, living abroad is a wholly different experience. Moving to another country may be the jump start you need to make other drastic changes in your life. You’ll be somewhere nobody knows you, you’re pretty much a legal alien.
Media has romanticized traveling and living overseas, making it seem both effortless and easy, when in reality, it can be a real test of character. The movies rarely talk about the hard times. Although it is hard and challenging, and you don’t always find what you are looking for, you will always find something memorable and worthwhile.
From sorting out visas, with visum usa for example, to getting your qualifications recognised, negotiating rent and setting up a bank account, nothing is simple, easy or familiar when you transition to a life away from “home”. These are all part of the experience and challenge that make it all the sweeter. Well, after a few years anyway! I am asking you to consider these things not to scare or impress you. I am merely trying to describe to people who think moving abroad is a piece of cake or a long-term vacation, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Sometimes shit happens when you live abroad. Sometimes nothing happens for a long time and you are really happy, and then suddenly it all sneaks up on you at once and attacks you. Think about how you work with your government bureaucracy. Now think about how weird it is to not know the system and need to work with officials in order to register for a number of things! From fighting with the immigration officers, to endless nights of studying uni for the second time.
Deep breath. Inhale. Exhale. I love Australia, I really do. At the end of the day, I would go through hell and back to live there. You choice needs to be based on a number of reasons or a very powerful one to make and stay committed to a move abroad. This is very much the case if you move far away from your original country. But especially when I travel all the way back to my country, Portugal, my heart shrinks and I wonder if it’s really worth it to have moved aboard.