Posts about living abroad
People tend to react in two ways to the idea of living in a different country. There are the people who are immediately attracted to the idea, often romanticizing it until it becomes flashier and more exciting than it generally is on a day-to-day basis. These people might be a little disillusioned by the reality, but they're still on the right track. It is a great adventure, but keep in mind that all the exciting moments exist alongside plenty of dull ones.
And then there are the other people, the ones that think living abroad is a terrifying prospect, who can't imagine why anyone would want to do it. For these people, the idea of trying to live/work/eat/sleep in a foreign country seems like an impossible task.
The reality obviously is somewhere in the middle. Living in a different country is really exciting, but also has its difficulties. I've written a number of posts on my experiences so far living outside of the U.S. Check out the links below to read more about what it's really like, at least in my experience, to live in places like Asia or South America.
- Gaijin: Life on the Outside
- The Middle Space - What it's like to experience "reverse culture shock"
- Preparing For Life In Another Country
- Moving to Another Country: Practical Considerations
Posts about teaching abroad
One of the best ways to get some work experience, save money, pay off debt and try living in a different country is by teaching English. Generally, you need a Bachelor's degree to do this, and in some countries you may also need a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL/TEFL) certificate. Below are some of my posts about the jobs I've had so far in Asia and Chile.