Ya’ll, it isn’t a secret that I love to travel. Like I have severe wanderlust, which started back in the early 2000’s when I moved to Lagos, Nigeria. Since then, I have traveled the globe and I also lived in Indonesia where I taught ESL for a year.
While, I still have so many places left to see, with a 2-week trip to Fiji in the near future, and a husband who is a pilot; I really have no idea where I will end up.
Which made me realize, I need to finally start my blog and write about all of my travels, my bucket list destinations and my life in between! I hope to inspire and help all of you, along the way!
SOOOO….I did! I couldn’t be happier to be here with you and us navigating this crazy beautiful world, together!
Ok, back to why I am here today!
I have heard mixed messages about moving to another location, especially abroad; it is scary, I don’t know anyone, this is too hard, etc., but the positives outweigh the negatives!
It is absolutely an adventure! I have never understood why someone would want to stay in the same exact place, their whole life, without seeing what else is out there?
But, I also know there is so much information that you can feel overwhelmed. Loves, I know how it is to move to a 3rd world country, in dial-up internet days, and not know anyone except my father. I actually can’t wait to go back and spend a couple weeks of site seeing and doing the thing I enjoyed the most: on the weekends we would go to the beach, rent a hut, bbq, and swim in the Atlantic. Oh, the memories.
But how did I navigate not knowing anyone and exploring Lagos? Remember, this was pre-wifi, but this information never changes!
I made a little guide to help. Just keep in mind, do what feels right to you when moving somewhere. This is about your experience and going outside of the “expat bubble”. If you don’t know that terms, it means to go outside your comfort zones and do what the locals do and go where the locals go.
When you go on journies, just go. I love getting lost. Once in Singapore, I just walked out of my hotel and ended up at the port, where I took a glass-bottomed gondola across the water to a man made island and walked around for hours. Plus, you have GPS; when it is time to return to your home, plug in the address.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Just be vigilant and diligent. Just make sure you make the most out of it!