Spending Years Abroad – Episode 125 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

As I explain in this episode, I once developed a theory that to properly experience a different country, you need to live there for at least two years.

For the first year, you have no idea what’s going on, and you’re starting to find out about what happens each season, and you might be learning the very basics of the local language, and finding some friends.

In the second year, you actually have a vague clue about the best things to do when, you’ve got friends to do it with, and you can order a meal!

Of course, it probably takes decades to properly know another place, but having spend a year or more in three different countries abroad, I know that they became akin to second homes after that first year. And in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast there are three more people who’ve had the same experience. From all of us – if you are considering moving abroad – just do it!

Show notes: Episode 125 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Spending Years Abroad

Do you dream about spending years living abroad? I’ve done it, and so have all my guests today, and we are all here to tell you that if you ever get the chance to try – grab it! 

Living in another country is a very special experience and quite different from just taking a trip somewhere. And if you can live in several other countries (or more!) like the first guest in this episode, Kelly Dunning, then so much the better. When I spoke to Kelly last year she was living in Tbilisi in Georgia, and we chat in this episode about how she ended up spending the best part of a decade living abroad.

Next I talk to Erin Holmes who left Australia with her two young kids planning to travel in Asia for six months … and didn’t come home until five years later. I can relate to that – I left for a year in Japan and spent five and a half years living in three different countries – and we talk about how this can happen!

Finally, I talk to Greg Seymour who was a bit more deliberate in his plans to spend years abroad in Costa Rica – although he still didn’t have any definite plans.


Spending years abroad - The Thoughtful Travel Podcast Episode 125

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