Coming from Ireland the opportunities to work abroad are quite good. Visas are available for America, Canada and all of Europe but to name a few but the reason I choose not to work abroad is that I don’t want to get caught up in the world of work and waste my Monday-Friday in a beautiful new country.

I’ve learned that this happens (to me at least) by moving around in Ireland. I first moved to Galway, and then to Dublin both for work. They are probably two of my favourite counties in Ireland are definitely have the biggest buzz around them in my eyes – but this was all completely lost on me as I worked 9-5 every day outside of the city. Evenings were spent cooking dinner and being tired and the weekends weren’t utilized to the best of their ability.

My biggest fear would be upping and moving half way across the world only to find myself in the same situation again. Spending most of my days working in a decent job only to end up tired in the evenings or else going out at the weekends with friends completely ruining the day after of your two day exploration period. I don’t think I am being skeptical about it because I know it will happen me. I have seen more in a city I have visited for two days than I ever have in places I have lived. It is a shame – but when you live there you have that sense of security that you can ‘just see it next weekend’ until next weekend never comes.

So as all my friends pick up and move sticks, I will sit at my desk in Dublin typing away and struggling to see as much of the city as I hoped, and when the time is right I will stop just going on city breaks and two week holidays and eventually embark on my big adventure across the world cramming as much as I can in and spending my days exploring, not working. You know what they say after all.. All work and no play makes Danny a dull boy.

So, What are your thoughts on working abroad?

22 thoughts on “Why I Choose Not To Work Abroad

  1. In April my husband and I moved to Japan to teach English. For the past few months I’ve felt stuck in a boring routine; we live in a rural town, and the nearest city is 20 minutes and $10 roundtrip by train away. I feel like any place you live, routine sets in, and when you’re working from 9 – 7 every day like me, you don’t really want to do anything at night. BUT then we finally had Summer break – we’re actually still on vacation – and we came to Tokyo. It’s been amazing, and I wouldn’t have had this experience without first moving to Japan. I totally understand this though. We’ve done more in five days than we probably would have if we actually lived in Tokyo.

    1. Yeah, no matter where you are your routine will set in. Some people are obviously more useful with their spare time than others but sadly in the evenings the couch just swallows me up and I’m stuck for the night! Glad to hear you are seeing more of Japan now though – I’m sure it’s amazing! 🙂

  2. Personally, I think it depends on the time spent abroad- if you know you have a limit (eg six months) then you’re more likely to go out and see all the new places, but if it’s indefinite then that ‘oh I’ll do it next weekend’ mindset sets in. I worked as a language assistant in France last year, and as I worked relatively few hours I found it easy to fit in side trips to other cities, but in a 9-5 job I guess that would be harder! I’ll be heading back to France soon for a year, so hoping to explore a new region just as much!

    1. Definitely. Most of the visa’s that are available to us are about a year long. I worked abroad in America for the summer months while in college and got a lot more done because the time frame was so short but it was also a job as a host in a restaurant that I didn’t treat as precious as I would a job in my field (aka coming in hungover was fine haha!)

        1. I was staying by Newport/Huntington Beach in California so I got the opportunity to visit San Deigo, LA, Laguna Beach, The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas.. If I had saved a bit more money I could have seen San Fran and a few others also but I was pretty happy with what I saw! 🙂

          1. Sounds like you saw a lot! I’d love to see the Grand Canyon one day, couldn’t quite fit it in when I was out in the US last year!

  3. So many people think a job that allows you to be location independent is the best thing ever, because you can travel and work from anywhere. But the fact of the matter is that you are still WORKING, even if you are in an exotic location. You can’t just drop everything and go explore. You are often stuck in a hotel or apartment on your laptop.

    1. Exactly! When I want to see somewhere I really want to see it and explore it without dreading work the next day. Personally, I hate when it is nice outside when I am working anyway so I think working in an exotic location would destroy my working life haha!

  4. My friend is doing the remote year deal. 12 diff countries in 12 months, working remote.. wish i could do domething like that.. with likeminded people it would be fab. work for 8 hrs and enjoy. the time limit and hassle free setup is so amazing.

  5. I think it strongly depends on the timeframe, the job and if you are alone or not. Having a specific period in mind makes it easier, transition wise and you know when you will go back. It is easier when you are young and have less restrictions at home, or people that either have to go with you or are left behind. And of course, the job matters most, because you might be in a cool place but having a sucky job is maybe not worth making the move.

    1. Great points! I think for short term projects you would really feel the need to utilize your time abroad while longer (1 year+) you might get lost into the routine of work life and miss out on what you really moved for. Sucky jobs definitely don’t help with motivation either!

  6. I can definitely relate because this has actually been on my mind the past month. Deciding to drop an anchor somewhere certainly has it’s limitations but for me, personally, I find I’m in the mindset to work more efficiently. Working abroad may be more exciting and unpredictable but the question is whether or not that will affect a good workflow. Plus, blending work and play can be dangerous since you’ll never be focused 100% on just one of them.

  7. We’re meeting lots of people on our travels who are working abroad, and most of them very quickly say to us ‘I’m so jealous, I’ve hardly seen anything, I don’t have any time to travel’. But, I think they’re both great ways to see the world, just very different experiences. I studied in New Zealand for a year, and hardly saw any of the ‘top sight’ type things. But I went on trips almost every weekend, and saw so many beautiful places I’d never have found out about or had time to fit in as a tourist. It’s usually cheaper too, travelling as a local. I think it’s easier as a student too though, you have fairly long holidays, and lots of my friends were foreign students, so there were always people planning some trip or other.

    1. Yeah, I definitely think there is a type of person who can make the best of the situation of working abroad but I know from experience that I would get stuck in the routine and miss out on everything around me.. so it’s just a case of sitting and waiting for the time to come to pack up and travel! 🙂

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