But what if…

There are many different types of travelling. There is the type where you go for just a vacation, want to be adventurous and go backpacking, get an education in a new country, have the opportunity to travel for work, and then there is the kind where you pack your bags and full-on move to a new country for an extended period of time. I typically take the last option; why? I have no idea! A friend told me that people explore countries because they have an anchor in their home country. I don't. I have more of a safety net, that safety net being my parents. I don't really feel like I have solid roots.

 

Moving to a new country for an extended period of time raises many questions for people.

"Where do you get the money to just move to another country?"

"How can you afford to do this?"

"What are you going to do for work when you get there?"

"Where are you going to live?"

"How long will you be there for?"

"What if you don't like living there?"

"You're just going by yourself?!"

 

Those are just some questions I get so here I am, answering all of them.

"Where do you get the money to just move to another country?"

I get the money from the money tree I have growing in my backyard. Obviously, that's a joke. Before I leave I make sure that I have the minimum amount required to be approved for one of the working holiday visas. Each visa is different but Australia was $5,000 to have saved and Ireland is $2,500. I work a part-time job, teach yoga, and write travel articles that help me to save some more. Also, my credit card in case of emergencies.

"How can you afford to do this?"

I can afford to do this because I am not just travelling. I move to countries where I can get a working holiday visa. This allows me to work and travel at the same time. It's a pretty good deal and works for me.

"What are you going to do for work when you get there?"

This is a common one. I literally have NO idea what I am going to do for work when I get to my destinations. For some people this is terrifying, and honestly, this isn't my favourite part. However, I know I can always find work. I mean I was a door knocker and ended up enjoying that. It's really about having an open mind and just taking advantage of opportunities. Also, using my skills I already have like teaching yoga. I can really do this anywhere and if I can't find a studio to teach at I will create a little Facebook community. See if I can get some strangers to meet in the park and I'll teach there. Who knows.

"Where are you going to live?"

Again, NO idea...sometimes. This can be a tricky one. I have had some great luck with my living situations. When I moved to Australia I found my housemates on a website called flatemates.com. We ended up getting along really well and now they are some of my closest friends. For Ireland, I joined Facebook groups. Groups that will involve housing and I posted on one of the pages, someone messaged me and that was that. I haven't moved yet but so far the couple I will be living with are lovely. Turns out one of them is a friend of a friend (small world) so that makes me feel a bit better. Just moving into a place without inspection can be risky but it's a risk I was willing to take and it's worked out once before. Here's to hoping luck is on my side again...I mean I am moving to Ireland so luck of the Irish?

"How long will you be there for?"

As long as I am happy and not homeless. Australia visa was for 1 year and I could have extended it for a second year if I did 3 months of farm work. I am not cut out for farm work so I took the 1 year and enjoyed that. Ireland the visa is for 2 years. Who knows if I'm going to like it. Maybe I come home earlier maybe I stay longer, I have no idea. That's kind of the joy of just moving. The joy of the unknown. Also a little terrifying.

"What if you don't like living there?"

I leave. Next.

"You're just going by yourself?!"

I sure am. Well kind of. My mother likes to come with me on my travels and I do enjoy having her there. When I moved to Australia she came with me for a couple of weeks because why not? Ireland will be the same thing. She will come and see where I'll be living and explore a bit with me. So I end up by myself but I start out with my best friend and travel companion. Some people travel with their pet to help with anxiety; I travel with my mum. Gives her the opportunity to see the world as well.

 

Well, that about sums it up. Those are the main questions I am asked along with tons of others but honestly, you kind of just figure it out along the way. It definitely isn't for everyone to travel the way I do but you just pick what works best for you. Like I said before I don't really feel like I have solid roots so that's what I'm looking for; my "home".

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