There’s nothing that makes moving abroad more official and your decision more final then buying a one-way plane ticket!
My immediate thoughts after leaving the travel agency. Holy s*%t this is really happening! We are moving to Switzerland!! Breathe. This is exciting!
It’s also terrifying, uncertain, spontaneous…and most likely life-changing.
Change the landscape of your life. Explore. This is a chance to learn. To grow. To meet new people.
To see life through a different lens.
Moving abroad with a one way ticket is serious business. It means you are serious about leaving your home. Your family. Your friends. Everything you know.
Read on to find out why we’re taking the leap!
Why are we going?
My boyfriend and I have often tossed around the idea of moving to Switzerland. Florian is actually from Switzerland and has been living in Canada for the past 3 years on a work permit. I was born and raised in Switzerland and moved to Canada with my family at a young age. I plan to share more of my immigration story in a later post.
So what is really our main reason for this move? To be honest, it’s because we want to see what our life would look like in Switzerland. We know what our life is like in Canada. We can imagine settling down here but what about in Switzerland?
Will we love it? Will we hate it? Will it help us decide where we want to live one day or only make things more complicated? Who knows!!
The one thing I am certain about is that this trip will be an adventure! We will grow as individuals and as a couple.
From past experiences, I know that traveling and living in a different country teaches you more than you could ever learn staying in one place. Being fortunate enough to have this opportunity of moving abroad, I feel like I would be foolish not to go.
I’m sure there will be challenges. However, we figure now is as good a time as ever to go on this adventure. We are young. We are not set in our careers. We don’t own a house. No kids. There is essentially nothing tying us down!
Does this make us the stereotypical ‘entitled’ millennials? Maybe. But at the end of the day this is our life. We are not ready to settle down, buy a house, have 2 kids and live in one place. Perhaps one day we will and that day will be wonderful I’m sure. For now though, we are excited to step out of our comfort zones and explore a new life together!
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Our only ‘plan’ is to live and work in Switzerland for roughly one year. We hope to spend our free time exploring the country and the rest of Europe (as much as our work schedules and financial situation will allow!). We are excited to re-connect with family and friends.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
I love this quote and here is why. I included it in my final high school yearbook write up when I was 18. Every once in a while I come across it and fall in love with the quote all over again. Currently these words deeply resonate with me.
What I’ve learnt over the years is that it’s never too late to grab ahold of the wheel and steer the ship in a new direction.
So go on an adventure. Do something new. Step outside of your comfort zone. Widen your horizon.
I promise that you will not regret it.
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