I have a mission: to get more of you out there travelling the world and realising your dreams (whatever they may be). This is why I’ve decided to open up my blog to guest articles showcasing the very essence in inspiration. Whether it’s travellers who have booked their dream holiday, quit their job to travel the world, started up a thriving blogging business… whatever it is, if it’s inspirational, I want you to hear their stories!
Say Hello to Chiera…
This week, Chiera from Young and Undecided, a Scotland-based travel blogger has chosen to tell us about her recent decision to quit her job to move to Australia. It’s a bold move and Chiera has no idea whether it will pay off. But it’s something she has wanted to do since she was 12 years old, and has now finally plucked up the courage to do it.
Here’s her tale…
Quitting My Job & Moving to Australia
“Ever since I can remember, I have been a fan of Australian TV shows. As stupid as that sounds, I largely contribute that to my love for Australia. Growing up watching shows like Round the Twist and The Sleepover Club, and yes, even Neighbours, you are shown this perfect life where you can hang out in the city, but also live by the beach. Coming from Glasgow in Scotland, this blew my mind. I remember I started planning how I would move to Australia when I was 12 years old. I actually found an old Word document of my “Move to Australia” to-do list recently.
Fast forward 13 years and it’s finally happening!
I have been stuck in a job that I don’t particularly enjoy for the past 5 years. When I was first hired at 20, I told myself I would work and save for a year and then go to Australia. That didn’t happen. Then the next year I told myself the same thing. Then the next. And the next. I don’t know if it was fear that was stopping me. Or if I was just too comfortable in my life with a stable job that let me take my holidays whenever I want.
Don’t rock the boat when you’ve got a good thing, right? It’s so hard to get a job these days, just stick it out.
Then I discovered TEFL, and that you can do a short online course that allows you to travel the world and guarantee a job. Perfect! I ended up only using my TEFL qualification for a summer in Romania, but it was enough to let me see how easy it is. To see that the only thing stopping me from seeing the world was myself.
In November, I will be flying to Melbourne on a one way ticket, with no real set plan of where I am going to go or where I am going to live. You would think in 13 years I would have a better idea of what my time in Australia will be like, but the truth is, I have no idea what to expect. I have only ever stayed in private rooms in hostels, how will I cope with staying in a dorm? Will it be easy enough to meet new people or will my little introverted-self struggle to be constantly social? Will it be as easy to get a job as I am expecting? And as for enjoying it, who knows? After all this build-up and anticipation, I may absolutely hate it. The beauty of it is that I will have absolutely no idea what my time in Australia will be like until I get there… until I actually experience it.
Don’t get me wrong, I am absolutely terrified. I am the definition of a homebody and I absolutely love my family and friends here in Glasgow, but I’m at the point in my life where if I don’t do it now, I may never get another chance. I’m 25, I have a part-time job with no real career development options and I live at home because I can’t afford rent. The choice was to either bunker down and start building a life for myself in Glasgow, or to hell with everything and move to the other side of the world.
Naturally, I went with the latter.
I am honestly in no position to give any advice on the matter, but if it’s something that you really want to do (i.e. 13 years in the making) then DO IT! Don’t let the fear of the unknown stop you from living. I have been doing that for far too long now and it has gotten me nowhere. Yes, I still get overwhelmed and scared and doubt whether I should be doing this at all, and cannot for the life of me see what the next year of my life is going to be like. But I know it’s what I need to do. If not now, when?”
Chiera lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She has a passion for travel and wants to see the world! Chiera started her blog to document her holidays but she has caught the bug! Her where-to-next list is neverending. Travel has been such a big part of her life for so long now that she’s excited to see where it takes her next. And of course to share her experiences on her blog: Young and Undecided. You can also follow Chiera’s adventures on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
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