Let me introduce myself first: I’m a ginger on the internet chasing a mad dream to live in 10 countries before I die. But, why?
Immersing myself in the culture, seeing the seasons change and the annual festivals roll around, these are the best things about travel in my honest opinion. If you’ve ever felt you’d like to stay a little longer, wondered what life in a tourist town is like during the off-season, or longed to better understand a foreign language, this is the travel style for you. Even just once in your life, the experience of living abroad is an invaluable one. Curious to see what I’m talking about?
The need to live abroad began for me when I realised that there was a world beyond my small village and started to develop a curiosity for what could be just over the horizon line.
Fast forward from there, it has been a stream of jobs found in creative places:
Taking off the rose tinted glasses, there have certainly been bad times.
Loneliness. The feeling that life back home is racing by with a hundred crucial weddings and christenings a year that you guiltily miss. The day my grandmother died on the other side of the world. Friends who have drifted apart from me with every year I failed to move home. Still, if I could go back- I’d do it all again. I have made a conscious effort to return home every Christmas, even when it meant flying from Australia, and that has kept a strong tie with the friends and family who matter. Sometimes a job is just a way to keep traveling, but I’ve steadily built skills and a career path by studying cheaply in Milano, Paris and online, that leaves me better equipped than when I started.