Do you ever feel like your life is so monotonous? Maybe you feel bored with yourself and want to do more but don't know what or how. Most times It's because we have been programmed to be content with doing the same routine. Graduate from university, get a job, get married, have kids, get a house. Yes, that sounds great, however that isn't the case for a lot of people now a days. Not everyone wants the same predictable, cookie-cutter life. However,for me there were many factors involved in my decision to leave home. Read why I decided to move across the world at 25 and let me know if you can relate.
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I didn't want to feel 'stuck'
Being back home I felt like very few of my friends were open-minded with travel. No one ever wanted to go anywhere and they were content with just being home. The furthest they wanted to travel was USA, which is fine I guess, but I wanted more than that. I always wonder why people aren't interested in seeing the world when nothing is preventing them from doing so. Before I even graduated university I already knew I wanted to go to South Korea to teach English. I was so over my retail and nightclub jobs and wanted some new experiences that would benefit me in the future.
I wasn't ready to "adult"
There comes a time when we almost accept that we are an adult and get a big girl/boy job. However, for me that'll be in my 30's. When you are young and naive about life, sometimes you set goals for yourself and realize that's not really what you want, it's what others expect of you. So, that was my experience. I graduated school and knew I wasn't really interested in working in my field of study full throttle, so Korea was an escape for me because I wouldn't have to work 40hrs/wk or wake up early, pay car insurance or anything else that comes with "adulting".
To travel the world
Seriously, who doesn't want to travel!?! Although Korea is not the cheapest Asian country to travel from, Asian countries are amongst the cheapest to travel to. I can even take weekend trips to countries close by for under $300. Since living in Korea I've been to over 12 destinations, much more than I ever would have been if I were living back home.
Ability to save
As an English teacher in Korea, my workplace takes care of my rent, which is AMAZING! This helps me big time with saving. The only bills I incur are my telephone bill and maintenance fees, then of course groceries and transportation. With such little expenses, I am able to save about 60% of my pay each month. Although it is also used for travelling, it's still a good chunk of change.
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