“Every country bears stereotypes and mine is no different. Unfortunately, some of those stereotypes are true. ‘Many Americans do not travel, are egocentric and are workaholics…the list goes on.’
A few years into a corporate city job, I decided I did not want to represent my country’s stereotypes. I wanted more, and while I did not know exactly what that was, I knew it was not in America. I will never know where the courage came from, but I quit and booked a one-way ticket to Thailand. I left my family, friends and everything I knew behind. At 27 years old, I moved across the world. It is now two years later and I have not looked back.
Moving abroad is the best decision I have ever made, and it has challenged me in ways that words cannot fully describe. Since moving to Thailand, I have taught English in a government high school, started up a blog, made friends from all over the world, taken countless photos and traveled to 7 different countries. I have seen Balinese volcanoes, Spanish mountains, Roman ruins, Cambodian temples, Singaporean haze and Bangkok skyscrapers. I have walked on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and down the poorest of roads. Life abroad has been truly eye-opening and without question, the best days of my life.”
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