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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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

 

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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How to Enjoy the Local Cuisine When You Travel Whilst Pregnant

How to Enjoy the Local Cuisine When You Travel Whilst Pregnant

There’s no doubt you deserve a break from everyday life at some point during your pregnancy, and travel — whether you’re taking a staycation or a trip abroad — is the perfect way to do that.

But if you do choose to leave the country, there’s more to think about than usual, especially when it comes to food. Trying different meals is one of the best things about travelling, but not all foods are safe for pregnant women to eat.

Fortunately, there’s a way to enjoy the local cuisine when you travel whilst pregnant. All that’s needed is a little planning, and you’ll be well on your way.

Here are our top tips.

 

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Research the local cuisine before you go

Don’t head off to the airport with absolutely no idea of what to expect when you reach your destination. Find out what kind of food will be served in restaurants and what kind of produce tends to be available in supermarkets. You’ll know what dishes to look out for when you go out to eat, making scanning the menus easier.

And no one likes to do a supermarket dash when they’re hungry — it’ll save you lots of time if you know what kind of food you can take away or cook for yourself.

 

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Make a list of foods you need to avoid

Chances are you’ll have done this as soon as you found out you were pregnant, but it’s worth double-checking once you’ve decided on a holiday destination, just in case you’ve missed anything.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy:

Soft cheeses with white rinds, and soft blue cheeses
Raw or partially cooked egg
Raw or undercooked meat or fish, including cold cured meats
Pâté, liver and game
Unpasteurised milk or yogurt

For more details about maintaining a healthy diet during your pregnancy, visit the NHS website.

 

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Learn some of the language

Although many people around the world can speak a considerable amount of English, locals always appreciate it when you make an effort to speak their language. And what better opportunity to try it out than when you’re in a café or restaurant?

Find out a few key phrases so you can communicate with staff and make sure your food is free from any potentially harmful ingredients.

 

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Drink bottled water

Not all tap water is unsafe, but sometimes it’s better to err on the side of caution. Drinking bottled water will give you peace of mind and you’ll be able to stay hydrated, which is especially important during pregnancy.

Remember: You’ll need to replace fluids if you’re still suffering from morning sickness. Take this into account when you bring your water with you, and refill your bottle at every opportunity.

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What Does It Mean To Take A Nature Holiday?

What Does It Mean To Take A Nature Holiday?

What is a nature holiday?

Behind this, apparently simple question hides a world of opportunities and choices. Indeed, there is no such thing as just a holiday in nature. As everyone has different needs and interests, it’s fair to say that no two nature-inspired vacations are the same. Whether you’re an explorer or you just want to leave the stress of the town behind for a holiday, there are plenty of options available to suit all personalities.

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An outdoorsy kind of town

If you’re looking for the perfect combination of town and outdoor sites, you need to select cities that can do both rural and urban. Take a look at Vancouver, for instance. on the north shore, you’ll find mountains and ski resorts. Queenstown, in New Zealand, also combines the perfect mix of urban facilities with outdoorsy elements, keeping it a relaxing place to be if you want the reassuring sensation of being in the middle of modern civilisation.

 

Rediscovering the charm of the British Riviera

How about a little trip down the memory lane and the glorious 1930s in the British Riviera? If you’ve ever watched an episode of Poirot or Miss Marple, you know exactly what this means. Born in Torquay, Agatha Christie has used the region as a source of inspiration in her novels and you’ll feel her touch in most holiday homes Devon based. You’ll find there the ideal marriage of cosy cottages, coastline and quietly busy lifestyle. It’s impossible not to want to put an elegant dress on and walk down the harbour like one of Christie’s characters.

 

Discovering the other side of a country

What if you’re looking for an immersive experience of nature and culture together? If you’re fit – fit enough to hike daily – you might be interested in following some of the discovery trails that take you on a journey at the heart of an unknown region. The hiking trails in Japan take you away from Tokyo and let you dive into the complexity of this spiritual and nature-friendly culture. Whether you want to follow a sacred pilgrimage or to see a volcano, there’s a trail for you.

 

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On the water

It’s funny, but when people think of nature-inspired holidays, they tend to picture themselves in the mountains or by the beach. But if you know how to sail, you’ll love the idea of embarking on a sailing vacation where you can hire a boat and visit new destinations. For simple and close destinations such as Greece for beginners to 20 days sailing to Seychelles for experienced sailors, you can wash your worries away on the ocean.

 

The spirit of Christmas

Finally, not all nature holidays need to happen during the summer. You could spend your Christmas under the Finnish sky. Luxury igloo accommodations let you lie down under the Northern Light and watch the snowflakes melt on top of the glass roof. You can see the lights dancing in the sky from August until April, but all tourists agree that they are at their best in a snowy landscape.

In conclusion, it’s time to design the nature holiday that suits your personality. From enthusiastic explorers to romantic igloo-lovers, everyone expects something different from their bond to nature.

 

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