Is Living On The Other Side Of The Globe Right For You?

Is Living On The Other Side Of The Globe Right For You?

There are a lot of people who would happily spend their entire lives in one place, never leaving the town, they were born in or seeking out new experiences any further afield.

Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it, as the old saying goes, different strokes for different folks, but for many other people, there’s always there’s that pull.

The call to adventure from some far off place that makes them want to pack their bags and experience something new.

Of course, even for those who do hear that call, the idea of actually doing it can be incredibly scary, especially if you’re thinking about going somewhere new permanently.

However, if you’re the kind of person who can’t resist the call to adventure then here are a few reasons why living abroad might well be the perfect thing for you.

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Saving money

When people think of travelling to new places they often think first about the costs involved. However, travelling to a new country and actually working and living there are two extremely different things.

If you decide to go backpacking through Indonesia then sure, you’re likely to end up paying a pretty hefty sum in order to make that happen, but if you’re living and working there, then you simply have to look at property for sale in Marbella to see how cheap living abroad can be.

Plenty of countries both in Europe and Asia are incredibly inexpensive, and you can live a much more luxurious life there without spending half of what you would for the same things, or worse, back home.

 

Broadening your horizons

There’s nothing wrong with sticking to some home comforts every now and again. However, if you spend all of your time within your comfort zone, then you’re never really going to get the chance to grow or develop as a person.

This is why so many people who never leave their hometown don’t seem quite as plugged into the world around them as those who’ve tried to branch out and experience new things, cultures, people, and places.

Being able to immerse yourself in someone else’s culture and learn about it cannot only give you a better appreciation for them and their country, but it can also help to give you a greater understanding of the world around you as a whole.

It can stop you from taking things for granted or making assumptions that might be based on things that you should perhaps be questioning. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should reject your home and claim that everything about it is bad, but rather than learning about another culture can teach you to see your own much more clearly.

 

New career opportunities

It really is amazing to think about just how interconnected the world really is these days. There was a time when many people were limited to careers exclusively in their immediate vicinity.

But now, thanks to the internet, you can search for career opportunities all across the globe. Whether you’re a creative type, you have a business brain, or you want to teach and share knowledge with other people, the fact that you can now search for jobs among thousands upon thousands of different companies means that you’re almost guaranteed to find something that’s absolutely perfect for you.

And that can help you take that next, crucial step towards your ultimate career goals that you might never have found if you were forced to only look within your home country.

 

Understanding other people

If there’s one thing that can be more of a challenge than just about anything else, it’s coming to better understand other people. The truth is that most of us live in our own heads a whole lot more than we admit.

Because of that, empathy can often be one of the biggest stumbling blocks that many of us have to actually connect with one another.

However, getting away from everything that’s familiar can be a pretty isolating experience if you’re not careful which means that you really will have to make the effort to connect with those around you at every opportunity.

Not only does this mean that you could well end up making some amazing new friends but the fresh perspectives that people from another culture can provide to you can help you to much better understand them and learn to see things the way they do. And, of course, you may well be able to do just the same for them as well.

 

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Getting out of your context for a while

Most of us would love to think that we were completely self-made. That all of our choices and decisions are completely our own and we have no one to blame or to thank for them except ourselves.

However, that’s simply not the case. The truth is that we are all influenced by our surroundings from birth. Whether it’s your friends, your parents, your work, or anything else, the things around you shape you in ways that you may not fully realise.

However, it can be tough to shake those things off. After all, if you’re in your hometown then you’re always going to feel like the person you were years ago.

Offering yourself a totally new context means that it’s going to be a whole lot easier to reinvent yourself or to make some changes to your life than if you had the shadow of your past hanging over you all of the time.

 

You can really get to know yourself

A lot of us are quite heavily defined by the context that we’re in. If that sounds a little bit odd don’t worry, it’s actually pretty simple. The truth is that we all have a lot of personal history that surrounds us all of the time.

Old friends, parents, the sites of breakups, makeups, first kisses, and parties that went too far. Because of this, it can be very easy to build up an image of yourself that is entirely based on these things.

You imagine that you know who you are because of all the things that you’ve done and how they colour how other people see you.

However, if you move to a totally new country, then that’s not really possible anymore. Moving somewhere new puts you in the position where you can’t rely on people’s perceptions of you in order to define yourself.

You’ve got to figure out who you really are completely removed from your personal history and baggage. This can be pretty scary for a lot of people, but it can also be incredibly freeing.

After all, not only can you get to know yourself but you even have the chance to completely reinvent yourself. Any mistakes that you’ve made in the past don’t need to follow you there. You can be a whole new person, and who you want to be is entirely up to you!

 

YOLO!

When you hear the term YOLO, you probably think of a pretty dated phrase that people would yell before drinking too much or doing something stupid.

However, the idea that “you only live once” has a lot of value as a personal philosophy. If you really do only live once then why shouldn’t you try to squeeze every last drop of experience from your life?

Shouldn’t you be willing to try something brave and new, rather than staying in the same old bubble day in and day out? Living in another country might not change you as a person or find you your perfect career, but no matter what you get out of it, it’s sure to be an experience!

 

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Of course, even with these reasons, it’s still pretty undeniable that deciding to move to a completely new country, or even a new continent, can be incredibly scary and is certainly not something that you should take lightly.

After all, this really isn’t the kind of thing that is going to be right for everyone. In truth, there are a lot of people for whom moving to a new country would be a terrible idea!

However, if you’ve done your research and you’ve given it a good amount of thought, then the worst thing that you can do is to let fear hold you back from something that you really want.

If it’s what you really want, then you shouldn’t let anything stand between you and being able to explore that brave new world! It’s your life after all, and the only way to live it badly is to avoid doing things that you really want out of fear.

 

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What You Need to Know before you book an Alaskan Cruise

What You Need to Know before you book an Alaskan Cruise - Lucy Williams Global

Cruising Alaska is a wonderful experience and if you are heading there this summer or next here are some tips on what you need to know before you book an Alaskan Cruise, from what cabin to book to what to do in each port.

I have been to Alaska so many times over the last ten years between my time working onboard and now travelling with my husband it feels like home!

Every time I go, I am blown away how beautiful it is and how fresh the air is. I have seen lovely weather and awful weather and it is pot luck what type you get, you just have to make the most of it and pack the right clothes to be prepared. If you get sun, rain, snow, wind it makes a great story when you get home.

If it is your first time to Alaska, there is a lot to do and you can’t do everything in one cruise so pick and choose what takes your fancy, as I’m sure you will be back again.

 

What You Need to Know before you book an Alaskan Cruise

Which Cruise Lines Go to Alaska?

Princess Cruises

Holland America Line

Norweigan Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line

Carnival Cruises

Royal Caribbean International

Celebrity Cruises

Oceania Cruises

What Cabin to Book?

There is a lot of scenic cruising whilst in Alaska so I would recommend a cabin with a balcony or a window, to enjoy the spectacular views and wildlife spotting.

 

Should I book any tours?

If it is your first time to Alaska, you need to leave the port area and see what Alaska has to offer. The port towns are lovely to walk around if you would like an easy day with shopping and a spot of lunch.

The tours in Alaska are amazing from helicopter tours that land on a glacier to float planes through the misty fjords, to whale watching, to getting up close to wild animals or watching a lumberjack show.


Should I book tours with the cruise line or privately?

The choice is yours, but if you book with the cruise line, if the tour is running late the ship will wait for you. If you are on a private tour and you are late back and the ship may not wait!

If you book with the cruise line, you can reserve online before your cruise and see all the options before they sell out. You can also book onboard, but if there is something you really want to do and you know it before your cruise reserve online before to avoid disappointment.

There are many tour vendors on the pier of each port if you would like to go on last minute tour, the choice is there.

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Alaska Ports

Most ships embark (start) in either Vancouver, Seattle, Whittier, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Then the ports are normally Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, maybe Vancouver or Victoria and scenic cruising around a glacier like Glacier Bay or Sawyer Glacier.

 

Skagway

Skagway is a small town with lovely gift shops and jewellery shops. There are a few restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The town is surrounded by mountains and this was the starting point for the gold rush back 1898.

In Skagway, the tours range from helicopter tours, plane tours, the famous train through the mountains to see the gold rush route, wildlife spotting and even go to Hains the next town to get up close to Alaskan wild animals.

Here is my account of some of the tours in Skagway:

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DAY IN SKAGWAY ALASKA

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Juneau 

Juneau is the capital of Alaska. The town is full of gift shops, jewellery shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. This is the biggest town and if you stay in town you can get the cable car up the mountain.

The tours in Juneau range from helicopter tours to the glacier, float planes, whale watching, food tours and wildlife spotting.

I went on a tour of a lifetime on the helicopter tour that landed on a glacier, read more about it here:

TOUR OF A LIFETIME LANDING ON A GLACIER BY HELICOPTER IN JUNEAU ALASKA

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Ketchikan

Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world and is a cute colourful town. Creek Street had a colourful red light district in the gold rush era, today the houses are gift shops and museums. See the Lumberjack show right in town or head out of town for some amazing scenery.

The tours in Ketchikan range from spotting bears to the totem pole park to flying through the misty fjords on a float plane.

Read more about the Totem Pole Park and Creek Street here:

WHAT YOU MUST SEE IN KETCHIKAN ALASKA

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Glaciers

Whilst on an Alaskan cruise you are going to see a glacier or two! This will be a scenic cruising day and is usually the coldest day of the cruise. Make sure you pack some warm clothes for this day.

Sometimes depending on the cruise, you go on and time of the season you can get up close the glacier on a smaller boat tour. Check with your cruise line if this tour is available as this tour is only available through the cruise line, as you directly embark the smaller boat from the cruise ship.

Read more about the tour I did that got me up close to the Sawyer Glacier:

HOW TO GET UP CLOSE TO THE SAWYER GLACIER IN ALASKA

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Scenic Cruising

There is a lot of scenic cruising throughout the Alaskan cruise between the three ports; Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau. Look out for whales, eagles, seals and bears and lots of trees and little islands.

 


 

What to Pack

An Alaskan summer is not like a summer in Italy or LA. So, do not pack your normal summer wardrobe, think layers as it will be colder than you think! Onboard the ship it can be warm though so layers are the best way to go to take off when needed.

I wrote a whole guide on what to pack for an Alaskan cruise read more here:

TOP 23 PACKING TIPS FOR A COLDER CRUISE

TOP 10 PACKING TIPS FOR AN ALASKAN CRUISE

 

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Enjoy Alaska!

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Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5

Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger - Part 5 - Lucy Williams Global

Welcome to the new Sunday feature a ‘Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger’. Earlier this year we had ‘The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A’ and I had such great feedback I thought let’s get another cruise perspective and who better to ask than the actual passengers!

Being an officer wife on a cruise ship, I meet some lovely people from all over the world and I found some great volunteers to give you all their cruise tips.

This week we will feature Ms Vicki and she is from Perrysburg, Ohio in the USA. Her first cruise was in 1983 and she been on a cruise every 4-5 years until 2011. Then when her kids were grown, she started cruising more and has been on almost 40 cruises in total.

Let’s see what great cruise tips Ms Vicki has for you.

 

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Our ship docked at Grand Turk with my husband

 

What is your favourite port in the world?

South Pacific/Hawaii

 

What is your favourite cruise?

That is a tie between the British Isles Cruise (2014) and the Hawaii/Tahiti Cruise (2017)

 

Why do you like cruising?

The greatest escape I can think of! Sea days are the best. When the ship docks in a port, I only get off the ship about 50% of the time. 

I also enjoy being able to see so many places without having to pack, unpack, get transport to hotel, unpack, find a restaurant for dinner, find an activity to do near hotel, after a day or 2 repack, get transport to airport, wait for flight, fly to next destination, and start the whole process over again. 

Cruising is about doing what you want to do. You can do all the ship’s activities, or none of them (just curl up with a good novel) and relax.

 

What cruise tips would you give to a first-time cruiser?

Get on as many Facebook cruising groups as you can because there is so much information to be gained from these sites!

 

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My husband, my Mom and me on the Tahiti cruise last October

Do you have any packing tips?

Pack your suitcase. Now take out 1/2  of your clothes. Pack your wallet. Now put twice as much cash in it.

 

What type of cabin do you prefer onboard?

Rear balcony is great for views and quietness.

 

Do you like formal nights?

YES!!! I am an old fudd and I enjoy dressing up. Being with your husband for a night dining and dancing, all dressed up, makes you both horny and ready for great sex!  (THIS BLOG IS FOR ADULTS ONLY, RIGHT?! LOL!)

 

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My husband and me with some people we met from Canada on a Panama Canal cruise in 2014.

Do you book your cruises far in advance or last minute?

I have booked anywhere from 6 months to 6 weeks ahead.

 

Is there a lot of planning involved for you when you book a cruise? 

Not for quick get-a-ways. If the cruise is longer than 7 days, it requires more planning. No different than any other vacation. A cruise of any length requires substantially less planning than any other type of vacation as so much of it is planned for you. (Entertainment, dining options, etc)

 

What is the longest cruise you have been on and would you do it again? 

28 days! I would do it 12 times a year if money were no object!

 


 

Read more Q & A’s with a cruise ship passenger:

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 1

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 2

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 3

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 4

 

I hope you enjoyed reading a Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger. They gave some great cruise tips and next Sunday you can read more Q & A’s.

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Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger – Part 4

Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger Part 4 - Lucy Williams Global

 

Welcome to the new Sunday feature a ‘Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger’. Earlier this year we had ‘The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A’ and I had such great feedback I thought let’s get another cruise perspective and who better to ask than the actual passengers!

Being an officer wife on a cruise ship, I meet some lovely people from all over the world and I found some great volunteers to give you all their cruise tips.

This week we will feature the couple, Michael and Gale. They are from  Colorado and Arizona in the USA. They have been cruising for over 33 for years and have been on around 90 cruises! So they know their stuff when it comes to cruising. They just love cruising and they are happy when they are on a Cruise Ship!

Let’s see what cruise tips they have for you.

 

Part 1 Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger

We just love cruising – we are happy when we are on a Cruise Ship!!!

 

What is your favourite port in the world?

No special port. Most ports are great.

 

What is your favourite cruise?

World Cruise in 2017 on the Pacific Princess.

 

Why do you like cruising?

We love cruising because you don’t have to keep packing and unpacking. Get onboard the ship and put your stuff away and enjoy your time. You get great food. You have a great place to stay because someone else does our laundry and our room steward takes great care of us.

 

What cruise tips would you give to a first-time cruiser?

Take a short 3-day cruise first and make sure you like it. Then if you do like cruising – make them longer and longer. Make a list after you get in your cabin for your room steward of your needs. Extra items you would like – like extra kleenex, extra ice, extra hangars, etc. The room steward can’t read your mind and he’ll be glad you told him

Do you have any packing tips?

Make a very thorough list so you are not sorry you forgot something. In some countries, you may not be able to find things you really want.

 


 

What type of cabin do you prefer onboard?

We used to always just stay in balcony rooms but now we like the extra space that is in a Mini-Suite.

 

Do you like formal nights? 

We cruise about 100 to 150 days a year and are tired of getting all dressed up. We do the formal nights if they have them but really prefer not to have them anymore. We do always dress nice enough at night to eat in the dining room.

Do you book your cruises far in advance or last minute?

We book our cruises far in advance – about 1 to 1 and a half years ahead. We do this so we are able to get the floor and room that we want.

 

Is there a lot of planning involved for you when you book a cruise?

We pick the basic itinerary, places, length of cruise, etc. and then find the cruise and cruise ship that we like. The planning doesn’t take too long.

 

What is the longest cruise you have been on and would you do it again?

Our longest cruise has been the World Cruise in 2017 (111 days) on the Pacific Princess. And yes we would certainly do it again because we recently booked another World Cruise for 2020. It will be 118 days on the Viking Sun.

 

Read more Q & A’s with a cruise ship passenger:

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 1

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 2

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 3

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5

 

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Backpack Bliss: How To Explore Amsterdam On A Budget

Backpack Bliss: How To Explore Amsterdam On A Budget

 

Amsterdam is one of the best cities in the world to explore when you’re young – with great travel links, a vibrant culture, brilliant restaurants and so much to experience. And the good news is that it doesn’t have to be expensive either – with these travel tips there are ways to explore this amazing place on a budget and still have an incredible time.

 

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Cost Effective Culture Vulture

The city offers hundreds of niche museums that provide some of the best talking points of any trip – but all of those entry fees can quickly add up. But if you plan your visit carefully, you can select a few of the main highlights without breaking the bank. Amsterdam’s airport, Schiphol, plays host to a smaller outpost of NEMO, the interactive science museum, which offers free entry in contrast to the €15 entry fee of the main building in the centre.

If you shop around you may also be able to find discount tickets for the Heineken museum – brewery tours are a big attraction in Amsterdam. Many of the smaller, niche museums offer entry from as little as €5, such as the Houseboat Museum, or sign up to the newsletters of the larger art galleries in order to be notified about free entry events or upcoming discounts.

 

Backpack Bliss: How To Explore Amsterdam On A Budget

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Sign Up For Free Walking Tours

One of the best ways to explore this compact and bustling city is on foot, and when you throw an expert guide into the mix, it’s even better. Luckily for budget travellers, there are plenty to choose from. The Original Amsterdam Alternative Tour, which runs daily, is one of the best, featuring a taster of many offbeat city sights, including street art gems. You’ll learn about the city’s history, construction and golden age, spanning everything from the Nazi invasion to the legalisation of the red light district – well worth a look.

 

Sample The Street Food

Good food is plentiful in Amsterdam, but the restaurants can be somewhat on the pricey side – so save money by opting for the just as delicious street foods you’ll find, eaten canal-side taking in the views. Start with the legendary pancakes and waffles you’ll find, topped with savoury or sweet treats – everything from Thai red curry to goats cheese and pine nuts. Fancy pudding? Fresh strawberries and cream in a cup are available from street vendors on every corner when in season, or seek out some of the city’s legendary Indonesian cuisine for a taste of something different.

 

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Find a Budget Base

The backpacker hostels in Amsterdam are amazing and located in some of the hottest neighbourhoods, including former industrial zone Noord, which now hosts trendy bars and the EYE Film Institute, which often hosts free events. ClinkNOORD offers dorm rooms from just €18 in a historic 20s building with a stylish bar and a library – and you can easily catch a ferry across the Ij to be in the centre in around five minutes. Generator Amsterdam is another design-led hostel located near Oosterpark that is highly Instagrammable and yet won’t break the bank.

 

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