Recently I’ve considered expat life. Ideally I’d like to live, work and travel in a different country say every 6 months – 1 year and be able have a sufficient enough flow of income that I don’t feel financially constrained. One of the biggest cons/concerns about travelling is financial freedom and right now its the main factor determining where I’m travelling to next.
It’s now my last week on the job before I finally get ready to leave Sydney again. So what’s next for me? I’ve gotten this question a handful of times in the last month. As a person who loves being organised, I’ve veered away from confirming any plans more than 3 months away because I know how quickly things can change. You never know what life will throw at you. But at the same time, you gotta be smart about it and at least have an idea.
First I’ll be travelling to Sri Lanka purely to discover, immerse in, and appreciate the culture. After two weeks I’ll be heading to India to discover Kerala and revisit some of the key sites in the north with my sister. India will also purely be for travel, but also to judge whether Kerala is a place I could study yoga in. After that we’ll both head to Bali for some more travelling except I’ll be staying back to study Massage. Like my volunteering experience in the Phillippines, I’ll be committing to a program before actually visiting the area but I’m not so much worried if the lifestyle is suited to me since I’ll only be there for 2 months or so. But if I do like it, well I’ll figure out what’s next 🙂
My ideas after getting qualified as a Massage Therapist (and possibly also as a Yoga teacher) is to try a working holiday. The great thing about massage and yoga qualifications is that they’re recognised globally so you can use them to find work in many countries all over the world. I’m thinking maybe Vancouver, or NZ, or the US… But with a longer term commitment I’m needing to put in a lot more time and effort in researching where to live for a year. I might even end up staying in Indonesia and working but apparently it’s a long and tough process to get approval. Vancouver and US would be great but I’m more curious about the less mainstream countries I can get a working visa in. Like Latvia, or Qatar, or Mauritius. I haven’t researched those yet but at the moment I’m leaning toward Asia as a start mainly for the affordability and easing myself into expat life.
What will I do while I’m living in a foreign country? I think it’ll depend on the country for me. If it’s the UK or US I’d try and find a skilled job like in marketing or admin. But for somewhere like Spain or Indonesia I’d want something more laid back like teaching Yoga or working at a local cafe with a great vibe and cultural community feel. I guess as long as I’m happy and sufficiently funding a living, that’s good enough for me! Oh, and of course I’ll still be travel writing to add content to my blog 🙂
There’s a pretty awesome list of countries with work and holiday visa arrangements for Australians:
Most do-able right now
Keen to try but maybe later
- United Kingdom
- United States
*Sigh*… And financial freedom will always be something I’m striving for.