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Pre-Move: So, It’s Official?

December 15th, 2016 – 9 Months Before

Even though we’ve been talking about moving abroad for a couple years now, when we tell people these days that those are our plans after our grad degrees, the first question we get is,

“So it’s official?”

We never really know how to answer that question (what makes something “official?”). It’s as official as it can be. Kevin has applied for a couple jobs, and we both have been researching various ways in which to support ourselves while abroad.  We know it’s what we want to do. We know there are various ways to make it happen. It’s just a matter of getting there.

On the list for things to prepare:

  1. Read 4-hour workweek

I’ve DEFINITELY been interested in the possibility of a portable business.  As a teacher that’s tied to a building 5 days a week and has a to-the-minute schedule to keep every day, the idea of working anywhere I want anytime is unreal.  Plus, anyone who knows me knows how CRAZED I get after a cup of coffee and opportunity to cook up new project ideas.  Though I’ve never officially done it, I know entrepreneurship might be right up my ally.

  1. Apply to all the English Teaching positions

There are quite a few programs in Spain that give you a modest monthly stipend, health insurance, and a student visa in exchange for about 20 hours of teacher-assistantship.  While I’m not crazy about the idea of having a set schedule every week, the visa, health insurance, and sure income is a nice safety net for the transition.

  1. Keep reading blogs by other traveling folk

Seriously, there is so much to learn on the internet. Currently I’m enjoying Helene in Between, Fluent in 3 Months, and travel books by Karen McCann (who also has a blog).

That’s where we’re at so far. It still doesn’t seem like something part of our lives, or like something that will ever be a part of this life…but instead something for a different version of us. Like an alternate-universe Jeanne and Kevin.

But on we go.

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