I Moved Countries & How You Can Do It Too
Five months ago, I made the riskiest decision to move countries.
I have travelled many times before; up and down the coasts of Australia, west and east of America, high and low in Japan, near and far around Indonesia… I would keep going but I can’t think of any more adjectives or adverbs.
What I am trying to get at is that this was nothing I had ever been challenged with before. I wasn't equipped with any knowledge on the topic, nor did I have anyone to join me in my endeavour.
So this is my guide to all the dreamers out there who need that extra push and guidance on what you need to move countries and follow your dreams.
Courage is what helped me quit my 9 to 5 job. Courage is what made me pack my bags. Courage is what pushed me to buy that one-way ticket. You need courage regardless if you move or not. Be brave! Nothing good ever came from comfort zones. Live a little, dude.
If there is anything you learn from my guide, let it be the idea that your job will always be there. Your boss doesn’t give a shit if you quit. You are replaceable. If you fail, you can always go back home to another job.
I am no stranger to death. I have been an observer of it my whole life and maybe you should too. It sounds strange, but let me explain – Losing my Father, friends and some family members struck a chord in me. Imagine yourself dying tomorrow. Would you of had died happy? Are you really living your life to the fullest? Or are you living a life built on social standards?
Now let that sink in.
2. Game Plan.
Don’t be an idiot. You can’t move countries and expect everything to work out. Do your research. Where do you want to move to? How will you earn income? Will there be obstacles like a language barrier? Working visa? Passport? Do you even know anyone from there?
I was set on living in the Philippines. I have travelled around the country 5 years in a row, enough to vision my life there. For some, experiencing the country before actually moving there may be difficult but the internet is your friend. Abuse your privilege if you have access to it.
Research suitable areas to call home. Find people via Instagram with similar interests. What is your god given skill? Surely you’re a master of something. For me, I’m a designer and a model. Designing could easily be turned into a freelancing job but modelling requires an agency and superiors. Make a solid list of places where you can apply for jobs and network, network, network!
Unfortunately, funds are needed to execute your dreams but don’t let this be the reason you give up. Time is the currency of life. In one day, you can spend 7 hours sleeping, 3 hours prepping/commuting, 7 hours working, 2 hours eating and potentially 3 hours just chilling, socialising or caretaking. That leaves you with 2 hours to contribute towards your own business.
Would you rather earn money? Or would you rather find out who dies next in Game of Thrones? Again, don’t be an idiot. What are your priorities? What is deserving of your time? You can’t be earning money if you don’t have time. So make time. There is always a way.
That is about all there is to this step. I can’t make it anymore fluffier for you. You need to hustle. There is no other option.
Great. So you’ve got courage, a game plan & funds, huh? Now you need to build a support system. With a risky decision like this, someone in your family, friendship group or a lover will disapprove. First of all, if you have friends or a lover declining your dreams, fuck em’ right off! Know your self-worth. How dare you allow someone to tell you how to live your life.
Family is a whole different ballgame. You can’t really tell your mum to fuck off, that’s just messed up. All families are different so I can’t give you a generic answer to convince them. Instead, I can only share how I gained support from my family: Communication, persistence and patience.
With your funds, you can back up your game plan, and with courage, you can sell the concept to your family. Communicate how you will execute your plan and do this consistently. In my case, I needed to prove to my family that I knew what I was doing. I had to voice my intentions and stress my goals, even if they didn’t want to hear it.
I personally think the most gangster shit you can do in life, is to go against social norms. Be the outcast. Break the mold... Live.
I understand there will be people that you can’t leave behind like sick family members or children. Unfortunately, that is a tough one and is something you need to figure out on your own… this is also where patience steps in. There is absolutely no rush to pursue your dreams, so long as every day you wake up you are taking one step closer in the direction of your dream and this is all that really matters.