So I’m doing it! I left my great job of over 3 years in NYC and all my family and friends to move abroad to Australia.
I keep getting asked why and I guess my best response to that is why not? I’m young, single, no debt, and I haven’t found my passion yet (besides traveling of course). The support I’ve gotten from everyone I’ve encountered has been overwhelming. I’m so thankful to have made such strong connections during my time in NYC. And I’m excited to see what happens next.
The longer response is that I’ve pretty much had my heart set on Oz since the movie Holiday in the Sun (still have the VHS). I’ve always planned on studying abroad in Australia, but when I was a rising junior in college the study abroad program was paused and I didn’t get a chance to go. I did however visit a friend when she was there and actually fell in love with the Australian lifestyle that was also when I learned about the Working Holiday programs. Since then, and that was in 2014 so for 5 years, it’s been a dream of mine to move out there.
After I landed my “big girl” job I gave myself goals like, “after a year,” “after this event,” etc. of when I would drop everything and go. Well it’s easier said than done. And when you don’t hate your job and love your team it’s gut wrenching. So I worked my booty off for 3.5 years and saved as much as I could while still living in the moment and enjoying NYC (rent and everything is expensive, guys). I also moved home last July and commuted into the city. I knew I had to leave, but didn’t know how. I kept waiting for a movie moment or for it to click and it just didn’t. Fast forward to today and I’ve left my job and now I’m procrastinating on packing so I’m writing this post.
Oh goodness. Australia is huge. There are so many great places and it’s hard to choose. I know I’ll eventually want to end up in Byron Bay because I loved everything about Byron when I visited, but I want to explore as much as I can. I’m going to start in Sydney because it’s a major city. Spend a couple of weeks there and decide the next stop. My plan is to not have a plan.
The worst (but most valid) question: what are you going to do for work? Ugh I don’t know. I’ll figure it out when I get there. Thankfully, I’ve saved up enough where I don’t have to jump right into a job. I’ll have to work eventually and frankly I want to work because I can’t imagine not, but I don’t have to look for a job as soon as I land.
I plan on going abroad this fall and spending a year there. The plan is to travel around Australia and other places on that side of the world (New Zealand, Thailand, Bali, etc…).
It’s me, myself, and I. I know some friends that live around the country and I do hope our paths cross, but I’m going by myself. Totally solo. Any friends that want to make the flight will be welcomed with open arms if they want to visit.
Australia is such an awesome country. They have so many visa options for people interested in visiting or living there. I will be doing a working holiday visa, which has specific requirements like:
- Only up to a year and once approved the visa is only valid for a year for you to enter the country
- You have to be under 30
- Can’t work at any one company for over 6 months
- Have to show a certain amount of money saved to prove you can purchase a return flight
- And more…
So yeah that’s the tea…(or information) that I know and can share. I don’t want to be dramatic and say this will be an Eat/Pray/Love situation, but I think the nature of the trip and the fact that I’m going solo will create that kind of soul searching experience. Stay tuned.