Today is Mother’s Day. My Mom is a very big reason I travel the world! I just read an article on themogulmom.com called How my entrepreneurship made my son fearless! about how one mother used entrepreneurship to help raise her child. Not to completely bury the lede, this was my mother. She wrote a blog all about the challenges of being both an entrepreneur and a mother at the same time. She discussed about how I was tasked in my life to help me feel like I contributed to the success of the family business.
The article is a great read and I won’t retread every point that she made (because you should read it). My perspective as the child of the mompreneur is I don’t think I learned of “fear” until I was at least in high school.Fear in this sense, is the fear of going without. My parents are strong and they’ve didn’t instilled a value of material possessions so I was rarely attached to toys growing up.
SIDENOTE: My father continues to laugh at how I am, still to this day, genuinel...
You’ve already made the decision that you’re going abroad. You have your passport. Your program has accepted you or you have your funds together to do whatever it is you want to do. What follows now is my list of the 7 things I think you’re going to need for your journey abroad. These are my theories for living abroad for an extended period of time.
1. An International Bank
I have never been one to carry a large amount of cash on hand no matter what the country. I’m a “plastic” man. One thing that I have learned is you want to always be able to pay for anything anywhere. The best way to do that is to have a bank account/debit card for a bank that operates internationally. Ideally, you want a big bank that has actually branch offices in your new country. I, myself, bank with Chase and I have not had any problems. But notify your bank that you are going abroad. Thanks to Chase’s protection my card was declined at an airport while I was in China…definitely a bittersweet moment. A...
Many people who have met me think that I have some sort “Asian-thing.” Its not the most illogical assumption made. In truth I am addicted to anime and Japanese culture, I have been to China for teaching twice and I chose Korea as my next journey. However that is not how everything went down. In truth Korea was my third choice!
Like I said before when you make the decision to go abroad you have to commit. So first I decided I wanted to go to Spain. It is a popular European country and I know Spanish so it shouldn’t be that much of a stretch and I have experience as both an adult and kids teacher. I felt I should get in without much difficulty. I chose to go with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) for their Spain “Professional” program seeing that I had a great experience with their Teach in China program. After getting all my references and making it past the first round interview I thought I was a sure fire success. Unfortunately I did not get accepted.
Have you ever heard of the infamous “bucket list?” The list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” For me I got to experience one of my bucket list items and it was actually thanks to the magic of the Megabus.
For those who don’t know Megabus is a non-expensive way to travel around the country. It’s similar to the Greyhound bus, but less expensive. The downsides are that are typical of taking a bus a long distance. Long hours in what could be uncomfortable seating positions, rest stops, rest stop bathrooms, loud traveling companions…did I mention rest stop bathrooms?
NERD FLAG AND THE BUCKET LIST
To start I should inform you that I wave my nerd flag high and one of my “nerd” activities is playing trading card games. Now one of my bucket list items was to go out-of-state to attend a tournament. I don’t know why but I was slightly envious of my friends always talking about how they are training for regionals and saving up for the drive across the nation. Something seeme...
One of my mentors once told me that life is like a blank canvas and the more things you experience add different colors to your painting. So with that in mind I have chosen to have an amazing spectrum to represent my life. If you’re reading this I hope you have decided to make a similar decision.
Since this is the first thing blog I want to say at least one word of advice. The one thing that has truly helped me out the most in my decision to go travel abroad is literally “making the decision” and sticking with it. Far too often I run into people back into the states who talk about how they wish they could travel abroad, but they feel they have to save up or wait until bills are paid. Needless to say they never actually go abroad.
“Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good” my mother once told me and it applies so much to travelling. There will never be a perfect time to travel abroad. Bills are infinite! They will keep coming until the day you die and even then they will come fo...