I was 21, nearly 22, when I decided to move abroad. I was about to finish my studies and I had something in mind since I was little. What we could call a dream.
I was thinking about my future, was worrying and asking myself so many questions: Will I find a job easily? Will I be able to pay my bills? What will I do if I don’t find a job? What if I never find a job? What if I don’t like my job? What if I’m not good enough? What if I fail?
And then, it hit me : I could choose to do whatever I wanted, I could follow my dreams. I didn’t have to do like everyone else. I could learn English abroad if it was what I wanted to. The decision was made really fast. I had the idea in my mind and a few minutes later, I knew I would make everything possible to make that project happen. I spent months worrying about my future and it took me around 0.06 seconds to make my decision. People say when you look for your wedding dress and you see “The One”, you just know- it was exactly like that. I knew. And it was the best feeling ever. Knowing what I’ll do, knowing it would be challenging but knowing it was right. At least right for me.
I decided to be an aupair.
For those who don’t know, aupairing is living in a family abroad without having to pay for food or rent and in exchange you look after the children of the family and do some housework. I always wanted to work with children and was about to have a degree in childcare so I knew it would be perfect for me. It meant being able to look after children while learning English and discovering a country. The dream job.
22th August 2016, I arrived in Oxford, UK.
It was the first time I went to England. I was supposed to stay one year, I stayed two. I just fell in love with that country, that language. I fell in love with being abroad. Every day was different. A discovery. A beautiful surprise. I was discovering the world with new eyes. I was watching it, for real. Maybe for the first time in my life and I was 21.
You could imagine it was my first time being abroad but it wasn’t. I was 6 when I took the plane for the first time. Bruxelles to Ibiza. Holidays with my family. I was little so I don’t remember the island much. I remember the ice creams I used to eat on the sunbed. Only that mattered at that time. Who can blame me?
Years after years, I went on holidays in several countries (Greece, Tunisia, Turkey, Bulgaria, …). It was “just” a relaxing time. Wonderful holidays and memories with my family. I was enjoying the sun, playing in the swimming pool, tanning, going to the beach, eating 4 plates of french fries in one meal, … But I wasn’t exploring those countries.
12th September 2016 – I started to take some English classes to improve it as I was talking in French in my hostfamily. And I met a friend. I think I can say she’s one of the reason why travelling became a passion for me. Each weekend she was asking “where are we going to?”. We started exploring Oxford, then took her car and went a bit further. We started exploring England. And I loved it so much. Every bit of our free time, we were going somewhere new. I felt free.
I was so amazed by what the world had to offer. I wanted to see everything. I want to see everything.
I came back home for a few days, after almost 3 months. I absolutely loved seeing my family again, don’t get me wrong. But, I could’nt wait to go back, to explore again, to hear this beautiful English accent everywhere.
After spending 2 years in the UK, I was not done travelling. I wanted more and more so I went working in Greece for 2 months. I came back home 2 weeks ago. In a few days, I’ll be working in Switzerland for a few months. This is just the beginning.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Have you ever moved abroad? Do you think of it? What are your dreams? Tell me everything in the comments section down below!
With love, Anaïs