What To Do After Traveling?
As you may have already heard, I am an obsessive planner. With my time in Korea inching closer to its end (four months on Monday!), I’m now trying to figure out what the hell I’m going to do when I’m done. Ideally, I’d like to have this all sorted before I leave for my five month trip around Asia with Tara so I can enjoy my travels and not be worried about the next step, and also because I’d like to avoid moving back in with my parents in Louisville for an undetermined amount of time. I’ve narrowed my options down to following four.
1. Working Holiday Visa in Australia
Australia is one of the few countries that offers working holiday visas for Americans, and this has me considering becoming an expat on a third continent. The Australian economy didn’t take the hit that most of the rest of the world did a few years ago, making finding a job there a lot easier than it would be if I went back home. This option may have me looking for somewhere to live in Melbourne, or maybe even some Sydney accommodation depending on what city I decide is right for me. While I do have dreams of learning to surf and going on countless road trips, Australia’s deadly (and terrifying) wildlife and its distance from home make me somewhat hesitant.
2. Grad School in London
I’ve always wanted to live in London, and ever since realizing a BA in history isn’t going to get me very far career rise, I’ve known that grad school is in my future. Last year I found the perfect Masters program for me at a university in London. It is so perfect that I’m a bit nervous to apply, as I know if I didn’t get in I would be devastated. And while I would be ecstatic if I did, it’s a very large financial investment, which makes it something I’d have to carefully consider.
3. Continue to travel
Depending on how much I save during my last four months here and how well I stick to my budget during the trip, I could have a sizable chunk of change left after I’m done with Asia. Just the thought of this has me creating potential literariness for the Balkans, Middle East, Northern Africa…the list goes on. If things with this blog and my freelance career continued to improve, I would love to try out the digital nomad lifestyle.
4. Head back to the US
The last option, the one my parents would probably like best, would be to move back to the United States. I do miss my family, and it’s been far too long since I’ve seen most of my friends, but the thought of a stable location is a still a little terrifying to me at this point. On the other hand, thinking about being able to shop at Whole Foods and Target almost has me running to catch the next flight bound for the United States.
Have you returned home after a long period abroad? What did you do? If you’re currently traveling, what are your plans for after? Or, if you’re in an extremely helpful mood, what the hell should I do?
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