You’ve asked, we answered. Our readers often ask us what is it like? How did we do it? And why? In these senarios they are referring to our lives aboard. Both Sam and I opted for this route and we have come to the conclusion that for all it challenges, fears and discomforts, there are tons of perks, definitely more good than bad and a truly rewarding experience.
We have a plethora of things on that list — What I Wish I Had Known, How To’s, Advice Not Follow, Do’s and Dont’s, It Ain’t pretty Moments and What To Do If. For now, here are 3 tips if you are considering an inspired life aboard…
GO WITH THE FLOW: When in Rome… Rather than relying on the familiar when aboard, we suggest opening to new situations, lifestyles, environments, experience and climates. This subtle shift in perspective could make all the difference. Trust. In London this attitude helped me in exploring the personality of diverse neighbourhoods.
GO FOR YOURSELF: We don’t suggest that you pull a Coming to America and flip a coin to determine your location to find your Queen or Prince. Nor do we recommend following your crush du jour, as tempting as it may be. Likewise life aboard should not be an escape from your daily reality or used to to run away from something but to gain perspective and enhance your life experiences.
KNOW YOURSELF: One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to living abroad. Don’t be boxed in, consider what will work for you — your wants and desires. Understandably some prefer a semester away, volunteering, foreign language course or a year aboard to solo far-flung adventurous treks to several years away or even the whole expat thing. In depth research into living costs, the job market and schools, followed by a mini-vacation to your chosen location could help put things into perspective. Don’t let the gloss of film and TV fool you. Friends, Girls and Sex and the City are not 100% realistic portrayals of New York. Similarly, Nottinghill and Love Actually are not indicative of London life.
Think, if you could live anywhere in the world where would that be? Need help, try this quiz. I got Paris. Who knows maybe that is my next destination. Whatever the case, give it a try. Be brave. Be bold.