Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Inevitable Travel Bug

I was warned about this little phenomenon and it's TRUE... once you travel, you'll never quite be the same. In my particular case, it's a sick, twisted, and magical addiction slightly less enslaving than heroin (not that I know anything about heroin). I can only imagine that it's pretty comparable though. I can't get enough, I'm always looking for my next high, and I'll long for it until the day I die. In this case though, my addiction will enhance my life instead of destroy it, so I'm mostly okay with it. 

I've been asked a lot of questions about how I got myself into this dream situation... and the truth is... it was pretty damn EASY. I came up with the idea, did some research and had a job within weeks. All you have to do is WANT IT. In my case, lots of experience working with kids helped too. I'm readily available if you'd like more information on this process :). 

The question I get the most is: Will you be making a lot of MONEY? and the answer is NO!  BUT... will I be rich? If you define richness in terms of money... ehhhh.. try again. If you define richness by experiences and sheer happiness then YES, RICH I'LL BE! Not many people get to live and work abroad, and the experience for me is better than any amount of money. In fact, thinking back to the best times of my life... I was broke. And not just broke. Broke as shit. I was living off of a dwindling savings account in college, and had a few low paying jobs after that to scrape by until I graduated. Did I live in a fancy condo with a brand new car sporting a new overpriced coach bag? absolutely not. Did I live for 10 cent chicken wings, cheap beer, fleischmanns, and some of the best memories of my life? you betcha. And I had the best 4 years with the best people in the world: La Crossians (*shout out... I love all of you!! green monster parties and 5 dollar wristbands were the best). So no, I will not be buying a private Island anytime soon, but I will be having lots of fun with people with accents. So... it's still a major win in my eyes. Plus, the last time I had NO bills and I mean NO bills... I was 15... before I bought my first car. The last time I had no bills and was making enough money to survive, shop, AND travel was never. So I'll live :). 

People have been mostly supportive and I love each and every one of you for that. But I have had a select few who utter the phrases "Well, aren't you scared?" "What about finding a job here?" "What about getting married... aren't you like 25 now?" I cringe even thinking about it. 

  • Of course I am scared. I'm leaving my family, friends, work, country, and gasp.. chicken wings and fat tire :(. Yes, I'm leaving my entire life. AND I'm living with strangers in a completely foreign place. DUH. It's terrifying. It's also one of the most liberating feelings I've ever had. No real personal growth comes from living a normal life where you never try anything different. I don't want to ever be content with doing the same thing over and over again for the rest of my life. I want to be free, independent and truly HAPPY
  • Maybe, just maybe, I don't want to find a job here. I can find any 9 to 5 boring ass job here for the rest of my working life. Give me some freedom and I'll be back in no time to be a traditional, overworked, and sad American. jeesh. just let me be!
  • married?! HUSBAND?! whoa. slow down. Am I 35 or 25? Should I feel like my life is over because I'm not married in my mid twenties? what year is it again? Truth is... I have a million things to do before I would ever consider committing my life to one person forever. I have severe chest pains just picturing the whole idea. Me? in a white dress? walking down the aisle? ew. stop the pain. I'm pretty non-traditional in this sense though and I'm not trying to offend anyone who still believes in marriage and all of it's "greatness". I'm sure there's something to it.. I just don't want it yet. I'd rather roll over in my grave then give up part of my identity and have to bicker over whose turn it is to clean the toilet. Sorry if I find marriage about as pleasurable as getting my teeth jabbed at the dentist. But that's what all of you married people who make me feel bad about being free get. Independence is what I need right now, and don't make me feel bad for accepting it. *NOTE: happily married couples and friends of mine... this is NOT referring to you. and I envy your ability to be that happy with another human being around 24/7 :).
I've always been realistic, maybe even pessimistic, but always a big dreamer. I've had a million things I've always wanted to do, and many yet to accomplish. But if you know me at all, I'll make every last one of them come true. Thanks for reading! Until next time...








11 comments:

  1. I will send you all the fat tire your heart desires. You will appreciate it when Fosters stares you down. Also, I love that you made this I'll enjoy following you vicariously until I can embark myself :).

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  2. Love you spoon! I'll be waiting for my cases of beer :). I better see you before I go. MAKE. IT. HAPPEN.

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  3. Jessica K (Hatzinger)July 9, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    I think its awesome what you're doing! Not many people have the guts to live somewhere else on their own..I know I'd be a chicken. Enjoy it over there when you move and just sharing your experiences throughout this big step. You are right about marriage it happens when you're ready, theres no set age! Have a fun and safe trip!!:)

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  4. I came across your blog through one of your comments on todaywasmeaningful. I've really enjoyed reading your posts so far! It is so incredible what you are doing. I wish I had the courage to do it.

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    1. find the courage to do it :). every single one of us has it within us. if dedicating a year to travel is too overwhelming (and it certainly can be), I suggest start with something small. I took a 5 week trip abroad and was changed forever. Couldn't picture me being happy doing anything else. All in all though, do whatever makes you happy :). Thanks for reading! feel free to follow me if you haven't already. my other current posts might be the push you need in this direction! Thanks again.

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  5. I love your blog, and the picture quote at the bottom of the page. I found you through the "because i'm twentysomething" post. How did you find a family to work for? That sounds incredible! If you enjoy kids, you should teach English abroad next. :) I did it for two years in South Korea and you get travel AND make money.. win win! :)
    Ashley
    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/
    http://aevard.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love your blog, and the picture quote at the bottom of the page. I found you through the "because i'm twentysomething" post. How did you find a family to work for? That sounds incredible! If you enjoy kids, you should teach English abroad next. :) I did it for two years in South Korea and you get travel AND make money.. win win! :)
    Ashley
    http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/
    http://aevard.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Ashley. Thanks so very much. If you read my most recent post entitled "Thankful" you will find a little more information about the process. www.aupair.com is the site I used though :). I HAVE seriously considered teaching english as my next adventure. Was thinking maybe Thailand as I've heard pretty good things? Did you enjoy South Korea?! I will definitely take a look at your blogs once I get a chance. Headed into night time here now, but I will definitely give them a look in my downtime tomorrow. Thanks for your kind words and for reading! I appreciate it so very much.

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  7. love this! did you get a working holiday visa? if so, any advice on getting one? studied abroad at UWA in Perth and want to move back and work for a year in August.

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  9. I will see & read everyday so many blog but at last i find awesome girl she know what is real life and what we want to do..
    nice jerrica god bless you with his love that's make to everyday enjoy to you live..

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