I understood the beauty and the diversity of the world at a very early stage of my life. Being a little girl growing up in a huge megapolis of Moscow I didn’t get the chance to see the mountains, oceans, canyons and dozens of other world’s wonders. Nevertheless, the realization of all this magnificent diversity came to me before I was even able to write. It had a lot to do with the fact that my dad, being naturally curious, was obsessed with the National Geographic magazines, documentaries about archaeology and all possible articles he could find about the animal world. Even all the puzzles I got as a kid were with the images of lakes or Norwegian fjords. No wonder, that it led my personality to form in a special way making travelling the ultimate path to happiness.
I went to study Linguistics because languages seemed to open new possibilities of communicating with new cultures and getting your own perspective on things without being clouded by only what is available in media in your own language. Even after finishing university I didn’t stop learning new languages and I would recommend it to everyone interested in travelling and getting to know the new cultures from within.
Somehow I ended up in a corporate world though. My family was happy because it did provide a certain standard of living, but my first job which came with all the extra hours, excel sheets and constantly open Outlook, didn’t really make my life as happy as I wished.
One year passed and I changed the job thinking that it will fix the situation. The job was interesting itself but it was terribly stressful and so draining energetically that I didn’t feel like traveling or, in fact, being adventurous which is quite my nature, for a while.
Obviously, things didn’t feel right but in such situation, you feel a bit trapped choosing between the stability or an adventure.
When I met my partner, we both decided that we want to do something different and that luckily enough we live in the era, when it is actually possible and not looked upon at. We decided to quiat our jobs, go travel for a while and then settle down in a new country. We put a lot of time and effort into working on the new talents, doing new courses, everything that can help us to land a great job somewhere abroad.
And you know what, the effort always pays off. We got offered jobs in Dublin, the jobs we actually really liked the idea of, and a new country together with a change of routines seemed to be a lifetime opportunity. So we went for it, without fear of a new place, new people, and new standards.
Never stop exploring
After a year we have discovered everything we could about the UK and Ireland and decided to move on. Another misconception I came across a lot is dozens of people saying that changing a job after a year is a shotgun to your career. I assure you, it is not. We were able to land jobs in Barcelona, and I realized that employers nowadays don’t have a problem with people who love traveling, learning new things and can think outside of the box. The thing is, the more you travel, the more open you become to people and traditions, the familiar you become with different trends and systems, and all that results in becoming more creative and spontaneous in your thinking.
Another approach to traveling
So the bottom line of this article is that I would like to suggest another way of traveling. Obviously, one of the most advertised thing right now is to quit your job and go on a world travel. And honestly, that is a cool idea and there are lots of ways you can make it possible – for example, you can do freelance jobs, if you are good with craft you can sell your products on Etsy, you can do web-design or translations remotely and provide yourself with a minimum which allows you to travel and explore. This awesome lifestyle does suit some people. But all of us are different, and if for some reason, you can’t imagine yourself backpacking through countries and staying in hostels for years and would like to keep some comfort in your life but still travel and explore, I would suggest you do what we have done and hadn’t regretted since. Look for a job abroad, ideally a bit further from your current location, so that you can travel the new surroundings and not miss out on a sense that you are doing something new and adventurous. Always keep working on yourself, your abilities and getting new talents. You never know what talent might be crucial for you when you move around countries and continents and can offer something that no many in a new place can.
If I have learned anything by moving countries is that in our globalization times everything is possible and comes down just to a genuine desire and a massive effort.