So you're moving abroad for a year..or maybe more. There's nothing quite like the anticipation of a big trip and this is certainly BIG! Moving overseas is an exciting adventure, filled with the opportunity to explore places, meet new people and have unique experiences that you just can't have at home.
Whether you're travelling with a group, a friend or going solo, there's one thing that is for sure. No matter how much fun you're having, you're going to hit some walls. Whether it's not being able to find your way around, missing foods from home or red tape dilemmas. You could even be hitting some road blocks before you leave just deciding what to pack... I mean how do you fit a whole life into a suitcase? And, how can you possibly predict what may be an essential item compared to a nice to have or even I'll never use it kind of thing?
Well, we were definitely guilty of packing quite a few 'never take it out of the case' items. Luckily, we had family and friends who could ferry things back to Australia from the UK for us and bring us over a few items that we wished that we had packed. Postage is super expensive, so its best to get it right before you leave. So, after learning the hard way, we've got you covered with our top 5 essentials that you MUST include when packing to move abroad.
If you were to look on Instagram or Facebook any day of the week, you'd be bombarded with images of people travelling the world and having a ball. From families enjoying Disney, to couples on endless honeymoons and women backpacking around with out a care. Truth is, it is just an image.
Behind every one of these pictures is a worry of some type. Can I afford this trip? What if I'm stuck on my own? What if I get in trouble and can't call for help? I'm feeling a little lonely.
Problem is, its not all that glamorous to post what we 'really feel'. Sure some may have the odd comical post about a bizarre destination or a hairy experience, but for most we are posting our 'idealised' image of travel. For some this can be inspiring, but for others it may make us feel a little anxious that our trips don't quite look the same, or what might happen to us if we were to step out of our comfort zone and say go backpacking solo.
If you are feeling a little anxious about taking a trip, or whilst you are travelling, relax. Its normal! Thing is, you don't need to let it hold you back. Read on some for some simple tips on how to relieve travel anxiety and have the best trip possible.
I thought to myself a few years back as I embarked on a 2 year adventure abroad. I was going to take every moment to travel. I wouldn't get tired of travel, I wouldn't mind delays, it'd be all good.
Cue 6 months into the 2 years where I'd begun to catch every new bug the kids at school could give me, weekends were never down time and my holidays were mapped out well in advance with flights all over Europe, whether I was well enough to travel or not.
I stumbled on, some destinations with far less pictures of me in them than others, and managed to visit 19 countries in 2 years. Some destinations I was energised and excited. Others I stumbled around new cities, dying to have a nap. I waited in airports for delayed flights until 2 in the morning and somewhat forgot the art of how to relax.
Did it stop me? Well, on the rare occasion my husband put his foot down and told me I was too unwell to go anywhere, no, not really. Did it cause me to have a mega case of being travel weary? You betcha.
Now that my travel schedule is not quite so full on, I can see how my weariness began and developed. I was simply too tired to travel and just a little bit tired of travel. Read on to spot some of the signs that you might be a little travel weary.
Whilst I don't suggest that you teach to travel (unless perhaps its teaching English or the like), if you have a passion for teaching and a passion for travelling, then they certainly go hand in hand. With anywhere up to 15 weeks leave a year, it allows plenty of time to travel and explore. This is particularly useful if you are on an overseas working holiday and travel is a priority for you.
Now don't get me wrong, you may not want to travel every holiday. Teaching, especially full time in a school, is like jamming a whole year of work into 4 short terms and come holiday time, the couch is quite often more enticing then negotiating an airport and exploring a new place.
If you're not married to a teacher, it can also get a little tricky. Most mere mortals only have 4 to 5 weeks leave a year, which leaves a rather big disparity. This is the case for my husband and I and here are three ways we work around it.