” After a while it makes you wonder why the heck you’re living abroad in the first place. We have a hunger for travel, for discovery, and for adventure. I can hands down say that traveling and living abroad was one of the best decisions Derik and I have made in our personal lives as well as our married life together.
I repeatedly have readers exclaim that they wish they could live our lives, and then go on to talk about how discontent and bored they are at home, and it really bothers me.
In the 2.5 years I’ve only seen some of my immediate family, and that was only on one single visit this last January. Families and friends learn to adapt to you only being in their lives with your ‘online presence.’ You’ll miss weddings, births, deaths, family reunions, and holidays.
The sacrifice is more than just financial, its emotional and physical as well. I don’t know how many times we’ve been asked, “When are you coming home?
Every place we go we learn new things, and in turn become better, more well-rounded global citizens. Without having to face what we have so far in our expat lives, we would have absolutely negative.
It’s important for me not only portray the positive on this blog, because I don’t want to lead readers astray into thinking this lifestyle is all flowers and puppy dogs.
I’ve learned to sheepishly smile and bow my head in apology on a daily basis.