10 Things About Living Abroad: No Turning Back

Nadie’s words: I read this entry and couldn’t agree more. Thank you Rachel Rae for putting my thoughts on paper.

I would love to add that for me traveling has been the most eye opening, humbling, beautiful experience I have ever had. The places and cultures you see will stay with you for a lifetime. These instant friendships with people from all around the globe are set in stone by common experiences and a passion for the unknown.

I have learned what it is like to be a minority, to feel racism first hand, to be an “immigrant” and be treated differently because of it, to not be able to pick up a language in the country I am in. I have also felt the kindness of a stranger taking me into their home to shelter and feed me. I have learned sign language that any human can understand. I have learned the power of a smile and the true meaning of happiness.

My eyes have been opened to a new way of seeing people, the world and myself and for this I thank travel and the world and all the people in it. Each and every person and place deserves to be treated with love and respect, I know I do, and I know you do too.
Travel, it will blow your mind!

Getting to know the locals in Malaysia
Getting to know the locals in Malaysia

Malay Sunset

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Moving around the world teaches you many things. It isn’t for everyone. It takes a special type of person to be able to do what we do. Packing up all your things into two carry-on bags and two checked pieces of luggage is struggles in itself, and to generalize imagine being a woman! I could only bring 10 pairs of shoes! Your mother will go through that luggage and make you narrow it down to seven cardigans instead of 17 and she will remind you that those shorts still don’t fit and haven’t fit for 3 years, you should probably just let them go. Along with letting those shorts go you are also letting go of friendships, relationships, comfort.

A wise man told me that the reason we move to new countries is because we are either running from or running to something. I laughed and thought he was crazy…

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3 thoughts on “10 Things About Living Abroad: No Turning Back

    1. Thank you. The top is someone else’s but I added my thoughts in there at the bottom lol. The original piece seemed to strike a cord with me. Glad you enjoyed!

  1. I agree with your thoughts on the humbling and mind-opening experience of travelling to a different country – especially one whose culture and language is completely different from yours! And it makes you feel connected to other places and feel more global and compassionate especially to suffering that happens elsewhere.

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