Friday, 21 December 2018

This is why you should consider becoming an expat:

Photo taken on the Azores, Portugal back in 2008.
Hello again my friends here on the world wide web, today it is Friday and that means the long-awaited weekend is around the corner for the most of us, for me, it is also time for a brand new post here on the blog Beyond the Horizon. Today I want to cover a topic that is very dear and close to my heart. This is something that has been the main inspiration for starting this blog and an inspiration for every single post I have posted since. The reason for today's post is very simple, I want to answer the most asked question and at the same time tell you why you should follow your expat dream. The question has been how I got to the point of realizing my lifelong dream about living abroad or becoming an expat?

The answer I usually give is split up in 3 part. The first part is that I always have enjoyed travelling and exploring the world we are living in. The second part is that I got to the point by taking it in small steps throughout several years. The third part is that my Peruvian family has been a strong incentive for me to realize it. I could have included a lot more here, but this is just my way to explain why I moved and how I got to the mentioned point. So on to why you should pursue your expat dream and what should you do to make sure it doesn't end in failure? For me it is very simple if you are sure that this is something you want to do, then just do it. As I see it there is no reason to over plan such an event, just make sure that the important things are in place.
Photo taken in Malaga, Spain back in 2013.
There are a few important things you have to make sure is in place before going through with it. 1. update your vaccines according to the region you're going too. 2. Put aside some money (recommend 10.000 dollars) just in case. 3. start to learn the local language. 4. Get a good international health plan. 5. Connect with a local expat network. 6. Find a job before arrival. 7. Get an apartment ready for you. 8. Do some research on local culture and norms. 9. Just pack basics, usually, you can buy clothing and such cheaper at arrival. 10. Apply for a work-visa before leaving, that way you won't get into trouble with the law. Could easily add a few more things to this list, but that kinda contradicts the whole thing about not overthinking it right?

There might be one last thing to keep in mind while considering making this life-changing leap and that is taking a dry run or a test run. What I am thinking about when I am mentioning doing a dry run is that you take a break from your job and spend a while in the country that you are thinking about. Go there for an extended period of time and live like a local, to check if this is something for you and how it feels like. This is something that I did several times before ending up here in Peru. First, it was Canada, then Portugal, Spain and the Philippines. You do not need to do as many test runs as I have, but at least one is something you should consider. This way you have a general idea of what you are heading into.

So why should you pursue your expat dream? The truth is that this is a journey of a lifetime or an experience that you will grow greatly on. It is one thing to live safely back home with all your friends and safety nets, but living on your own in a strange country is a test and experience out of this world. Yes, it might seem super scary and a journey like this will be far from a dance on roses, not without a lot of thorns anyway. You might fail and all of that, but this is life. Most likely you will only live once, so why not make the absolute most out of it and make sure that you do not have any regrets when it comes to opportunities you passed on? A famous actor once said, just fucking do it. Make the leap, but prepare as good as you can without overplanning it.
A more recent photo from Lima, Peru.
I can promise you one thing, no matter if you fail or succeed in your attempt you won't regret it and you will look back at it as warm memory. Like my self do with both Canada and Spain, both where more or less in the category of failures. The Canada “trip” I would even label as a massive failure, especially since it marked the end of my marriage. No there was no cheating involved in the breakup. It just ended, so trust me you won't fuck up as big as I have done in my dry runs. What I am saying is that if you are carrying around on a potential expat, just go for it. Make the needed preparations and just make the leap. It will be a memory of a lifetime and you will love every minute of it. Just do it and regrets won't be any issues.

There is one thing more if you have made the leap already I would love to hear your story. Either leave it in the comment section or send me an e-mail ( Trust me on this, I would really love it and who knows, maybe your story ends up as a blog post sometime in the future? Anyway, I think its time for me to wrap this post up and get it ready for publishing. I hope you enjoyed reading my post and found it interesting or inspirational. If you did why not share it with your friends. You can also check out my blogs Facebook page (Beyond the Horizon), may subscribe to my future channel (Beyond the Horizon 2.0) and follow me on Twitter (Jack Bowler Sr). I would really love to see you there.

P.S Remember, just fucking do it, okay!