One of the things on my bucket list is to move to another country. And I don’t mean something close by, I’m talking Paris, Italy …Greece?

I want to be able to live in a country that doesn’ speak my langauge, a country that I could get lost in and never be found (well eventually make it back to my apartment..hopefully), one that offers me the culture I seek and the her-story I want to find.

The reasoning behind this post is because I feel stuck. My passport recently expired and I feel as though I’m stuck in the States. And not that, that is a horrible place to be…but I want to find adventure…and Massachuettes/New England is not cutting it for me right now. I’m also trying to  convince a friend that he should move to Massachuettes..I’m sure the last sentence didn’t help out my case.  And..we all know that I have a thing

for running away…so that is a big part of it too.

Why should you live in another country, well because you need to grow up. I need to grow up, I need to get away from my family and friends who I’m comfortable with and experience real life on my own. That’s the only way to really find out what you’re made of…right? You should live in another country because of better job opportunities, and not only better but new and different ones too. And love…you never know if your soul mate is just waiting across a pond, or even a little south of you.

and now you ask, through your crazy laughter because this is a hysterical notion, but Courtney! How do I live in another country!

Well that’s really funny you should ask, because i have the perfect step by step guide for you …good thing you knew where to find me!g

For the Planner in you:

Step 1: Make a friend in the country where you should live

Step 2: Begin looking for a job. Unless you are

a real risk-taker, then just buy a plane ticket (i’ll do a mini guide for this type later)

Step 3: You found a job! Now you need to apply for a visa.

Step 4: Find a place to live. There are usually tons of temporary housing facilities, such as hostels (which are pretty cheap), where you could stay until you found something more permanent. Craigslist is a great way to find apartments in the U.S. as well as internationally now.

Step 5: scope out local coffee shops and decide which one is going to be your new stomping ground. Warning: This could take up to two weeks if the coffee is really good. But it might be good to adjust slowly to your new surroundings, and mingling with the locals wouldn’t be too horrible. Also make sure to try as many pastries as humanly possible, feel free to send some to me.

Step 6: Make sure to stay in touch with your family and friends back home. Although you are on a new adventure, you should still remain in contact with the people you care most about.

Step 7: Begin your new journey.

For the Risk Taker in you:

Step 1: Pick a destination

Step 2: Buy a one way plane ticket to destination

Step 3: Get off the plane and find a hostel to stay the night in

Step 4: find a local job, i.e., barista, waitress, street performer, writer

Step 5: ask around if anyone is renting a room out in their house

Step 6: send your family and friends an email to let them know where you are

step 7: Smile because you know everything will turn out amazing.

If you could move anywhere where would you move?    Do you have any tips for people who want to change countries?

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