Have you heard, there is a really great holiday package where you go abroad twice a year, six months at a time?
Permanent vacation anyone? Well a girl can dream right?!
It’s fair to say that many of us have a serious case of Wanderlust. The need to travel, explore and see what the rest of the world has to offer us, by way of new cultures, new people and much, much more.
We spoke to 20 something year-old Miriam Indries, and she couldn’t agree with that statement more. Miriam tell us about how she packed her suitcase and off she went in search of her dream career and a new experience…
“Two years ago I left my home in sunny New Zealand and moved 18,000+ miles away to the UK to expand the window of opportunities for my career. It didn’t matter that I didn’t have a job lined up, or a flat to move into. I wanted to do it because having a successful career had always been my goal in life.
Don’t get me wrong. Living in New Zealand was amazing and it will always be my home. The country is beautiful, safe and the lifestyle is really just about living in the moment; it’s all very laid back. But shortly after my 25thth birthday I woke up one morning and thought: “I really need to spice my life up a bit because there is a whole world out there.” It’s not that I was unhappy, it’s just that I wanted to do something that made me feel proud and like I had a purpose.
At the time I was a single, 25 year old girl with lots of dreams and ready to see the rest of the world and I just couldn’t seem to find the right opportunity for me back home – so I thought the UK would be an ideal place to try. Without giving it much thought, I did some research and decided to move to Brighton. It seemed like the kind of city I would enjoy, plus I‘d always enjoy going for a jog by the seaside back home so it seemed ideal.
It was all happening very quickly and was all bitter sweet. Although I was excited to start a new era the toughest part of it all was leaving all my friends, my family and my pets behind. I have a very close group of friends in NZ and to know that I wouldn’t just be able to see them every weekend as per usual, was quite sad. My mother and I are extremely close and it was very hard to say goodbye to her. She was always the person who I would run to with any problems I had, and I knew I would now have no one to rely on.
But the worst moment for me was saying goodbye to my pets. I am a huge animal lover and I have two dogs and two cats that my mum now looks after. Leaving them was incredibly heart breaking. I knew that I would keep in close contact with them, thanks to technology, but animals don’t get that. So that really broke my heart and it still does sometimes.
Other than that, I wasn’t feeling anxious about my new adventure at all, even though I had no idea how things would work out. I truly believe that when the time is right, you feel it and this was one of those moments.
Budgeting wise, I had saved some money before I flew out but not a very big amount, just enough to help me survive the first few weeks. I knew I was taking a huge risk, moving to a foreign land, on my own, with no place to live, limited funds and not knowing anyone. But that didn’t stop me from feeling excited.
On arrival to the UK, my initial struggle was the cultural shock. Everything is just different in terms of public transport, the buildings, the people, the food! It took a while to get settled in and to be honest in my first 2-3 months I really thought I wouldn’t cope much longer.
I was very homesick and I just wanted to be close to the people I loved. On arrival in Brighton I moved into the first flat I saw, right in the city centre. Luckily it was only a matter of days before I got an amazing job as a social media & PR executive. A year later I was promoted to Senior PR & Campaigns executive and now I do a job I absolutely love and always wanted. These are the moments that make me look back and give myself a pat on the back for making the decision I did.
There comes a point in your life when you have to ask yourself: ‘What is it that I really want out of life?’ ‘Who am I and where am I going?’ And even though it’s hard, you have to be completely honest with yourself.
Leaving home with much uncertainty about the future has opened my eyes to new places, my heart to new experiences and many doors to new opportunities. When you leave your comfort zone something magical happens. Your soul awakens and it’s like you develop into a stronger person. Learning to be comfortable with the feeling of being uncomfortable in a new country, with new people, has completely made me more fearless.”
Miriam is the Senior PR & Campaigns Executive for The Eventa Group. She also writes for her own blog http://www.lifethroughablondeseyes.com.
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