There’s a lot of pressure on young people these days. Get the right job, the right partner, the right house. The list seems absolutely never ending. However, for some of us, we want more. We may already have the killer career and all of that, and there’s no knocking it if we have. But for loads of us, we want to see the world instead, or in fact, some of us even want it all. No longer content with a two week holiday to Ibiza or even Italy – as fun as that might be – we want to take the plunge, and become a world citizen, not just a tourist.
How the hell do we do this though? Moving out of the country sounds incredible in theory, but in practice, it’s pretty damn terrifying. You have to find a new job, find new friends after you’ve finally bloody started fitting in, and in most cases, you can forget about getting on the property ladder in another country (unless you’re going somewhere really cheap!).
My advice is to just take the plunge. You’ll never know what you’re missing out on unless you go for it, and you don’t want to live a life full of regrets. You can always come home if it doesn’t work out. My cousin is basically of ‘no fixed abode’ right now, but instead of being a street urchin, she said her low wage waitressing job is the best job in the world. Why? She waitresses on a beach in Thailand right now, barefoot, and she can cool off whenever she wants in the sea and enjoy all the free food and drink she likes. My sister is experiencing something similar – she works in a coffee shop in Sydney, and the Aussie sun is doing her the world of good!
Admittedly, living the expat life can a massive headache, especially if you do want to go somewhere all the way as far as Australia. You absolutely need to make sure you’ve got your visa and all that jazz all sorted, or you’ll get deported – or worse. Lovely. Companies like STA travel have awesome help available to get you started on a work abroad type programme, and that way, you’re not committed forever.
If you really can’t be arsed with the hassle (although I promise, it’s not that bad!), I have friends who’ve moved closer – for example, Frankfurt in Germany, and that’s a ton easier because you don’t even need a visa as it’s within the EU (so you can stay as long as you like without getting into trouble!).
There are loads of things you’ll have to think of, but you can make it super easy with a ‘moving abroad checklist’. Have a little look before you go about the kind of jobs you might be able to get, and see if your industry is catered for. Remember, if you’re going somewhere where the language isn’t English, you’ll have to brush up on your skills, and lean about the culture, too.
All that’s left to do is just go for it. The expat life can be a scary life – but it can also be the best thing you’ll ever do.
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