Have you ever wondered what it's like to leave your home country and live in a foreign land? Do you need some inspiration and motivation to do this yourself?
"Chat With an Expat" takes you around the world and brings you into the homes, huts, tents and yurts of global drifters to give you an inside look at what life is like living abroad.
In this installment, we speak to an Australian with the heart of a Gypsy living in Asia.
It's always interesting to meet someone who grew up unconventionally in a conventional world. Kara is a personal friend of mine who, although she was raised in Australia, moved around a lot when she was younger. She was brought up in a household of gypsies with parents who loved to move and travel, and she never lived longer than 3 years in one house. Last year, she moved to the East Asian country of Taiwan. Here is her story of what life is like there:
After a trip to Cambodia changed her view of life, Rebecca found herself moving across the globe to see what else was out there. She has lived in Jordan, and traveled throughout Asia and the Middle East. She currently lives in Rome, Italy, where we caught up with her for an interview on what life is like living as an expat in a foreign country. Here's what she had to say...
What were you doing before you decided to move to Rome?
Scott and I go WAAAAY back. We've been through a lot of experiences together, like RVing through New Zealand, road tripping across USA and Canada and chilling out in his backyard watching the chickens and ducks lay eggs. If there's ever been a drifter so seriously bit by the travelbug it's him. Lately, though, Scott has been building a life for himself in the far eastern city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I caught up with him somewhere between a cup of fermented mare's milk and a place named TalkTalk English. I asked him to share with my readers some insight into what life is like living in a foreign country. Here's what he had to say...
What were you doing before you decided to move to Mongolia?
I was living on the island of Lanai, Hawaii, working at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele. I'd been working there for 15 years before I came to Mongolia.
How did you choose Mongolia?
In 2009, I traveled around Asia. I flew to Seoul, Korea and then to Mongolia...and then traveled overland by trains and buses through China, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In 2010, I decided to return to Asia. Most of my friends thought I was just going off on another trip, but the truth is I was searching for a new home, a new chapter, a new adventure. I have close friends in several countries in Asia that teach English. So my 2010 trip had a secret agenda, and that was to see what it would be like to live in those places, and how easy getting work would be. I visited Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and finally Mongolia. I love each of these places! I had an incredible trip. But there was just something about Mongolia that fit me.
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...