Skipping Oceans

There are a lot of big decisions in life, and one of them is moving away from the place that you grew up and discovering somewhere entirely new. The first time you get away from where you grow up is when you head off to university. You get a chance to see a different part of the country – if you’re brave enough to go far from home!


Taking a leap of faith and moving away from home is hard. It’s not an easy decision to pack everything you own, grab a quote from Shiply and get things moving. The idea of moving to a new house is one thing, but moving abroad to an entirely new country and culture? That’s just terrifying for most people. We’re brought up with the idea that we should be adventurous, spread our wings and see the world in a way our parents may not have. We talk about holidays and we go online and price up the impossible – but we never do it. Taking that leap and heading to another part of the world to put down roots is scary, but life is so short. Life runs by so quickly, that one moment you’re wishing for secondary school to end and the next? The next, you’re approaching 40 and you’re still waiting for that moment to just do something with your life.

You’ll know when it’s time to bite the bullet and leave the country when you are no longer fulfilled by your life. You don’t want to feel empty on the inside, but you do, and you crave something more than the commute you’ve become accustomed to. You crave a different view of the ocean, a different taste of food. Moving overseas can help you to satisfy that craving. Life is about enjoying the here and now, right? Grabbing onto the chance to take yourself out of your life and head overseas is one that you should never miss.

It can sound like the ultimate cliché, but there’s a lot to be said for ‘finding yourself’. Getting away from the place that you have grown up can give you a shot of finding out how independent you can be without your family, friends and people you grew up with judging your choices. You get the chance to step away from everything and everyone that is familiar to you and find out just how capable you are. When you spend a lot of time daydreaming about what it would be like to live in another part of the world, you soon realise that it’s not just about the money. An international move is a pricey venture, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pay the earth. You could find a company who could sponsor you and pay for a big portion of your move.

If the move you make abroad is a permanent one, you get a chance to see the world from an entirely different perspective – no regrets. It is all about the adventure, and now’s your chance to take it.

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