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Going Global

Going Global

Well, it’s official. I’ve quit my job, given notice on my flat and I’m currently selling sold almost everything I own. I’m trading all of that in for a one way ticket to the other side of the world with not much of a plan beyond that.

Yup, I’m going to Australia. I’ll be leaving on August 1st, armed with a 1-year work&travel visa, a backpack, my camera and a massive hunger for adventure. If all goes well, I want to move on to Asia and perhaps India after that. We’ll see.

Why am I doing this? Well, for the challenge, really. I’ve wanted to see the world ever since I first started thumbing through old issues of National Geographic magazine when I was a kid. That took a seat on the back-burner while I was busy doing other stuff, like going through education, building a design career, making awesome and very dear friends, trying new hobbies, failing relationships and getting drunk on weekends. As they say, life happened.

Not long ago, then, I got my hands on a global lifestyle magazine and it did a remarkable job of resurfacing that deep, forgotten longing. It’s not like I want to live the glamorous life portrayed in the magazine – I want to see the world as it is, city and country, rich and poor. It just reminded me that there is so much more going on in the world beyond our day jobs and evening parties. That may sound a little sad, but if we’re honest, we’re all sort of living in this comforting 9-to-5 bubble. Some friends I’ve made in recent years spend a lot of time traveling, incorporating that into their daily lives instead of just for holidays, and thus breaking that bubble. Watching this mobile lifestyle has been highly inspiring to me.

So I figured now is as good a time as any to just go for it. I’m still a city dweller at heart, so I don’t plan to slap on Birkenstocks, live in a tent and spend my days cursing the woes of capitalism. But I will strive to wander around a little aimlessly, do some couch surfing, try my hands at farm work and job around in Sydney or wherever opportunity and chance lead me. Perhaps I will stumble upon a career-changing idea along the way, who knows? I’m pretty much open to anything right now. I have no idea what I am doing and that’s exactly what makes this so exciting to me. It’s time to break out of my comfort zone and start living.

Bring it on.


12 Comments

  1. Sam Figueroa June 6, 2011 @ 15:52

    Wow. Good for you. To be honest I’m kind of jealous. I don’t think I could do it. Especially given the consequences I’d currently have to endure. But this isn’t about me.

    I hope you have a great adventure and document it here for all of those that can’t join you. I’ll definitely be following your updates.

    Good Luck.


  2. drikkes June 6, 2011 @ 15:55

    Wow! Have fun.


  3. Ralf June 6, 2011 @ 16:13

    Yeah! Go for it!


  4. Frank June 6, 2011 @ 17:06

    Good choice. Maybe I’ll join later on, who knows ;).. All the best for it, enjoy the adventure!


  5. SimSullen June 6, 2011 @ 17:08

    whow, bold move! meinen respekt und bewunderung hast du. dann mal alles gute & lass uns dran teilhaben!


  6. Heike June 6, 2011 @ 17:41

    Hut ab, Cousin!! Find ich toll – und wie Sam schon sagt – I am jealous!!! Die Erfahrung wird Dir keiner mehr nehmen! Und wenn nicht jetzt (ohne familiäre Verantwortung im Nacken) – wann dann!!! Sydney ist für mich die 2. schönste Stadt (hinter San Fran) – aber viel zu weit wech. Und das Land ist mir wirklich zu lang und weilig!! Ich hab’s einmal gesehen – aber den Flug mach ich nicht nochmal (…höchsten für eine “Familienfeier” ;-D ) Mir hat Arlie Beach gefallen. In Bundaberg gibt es lecker Rum und viel Spaß beim BYO and BBQ-YO :-) Wie ich Dich kenne, werden wir aber bestimmt auf dem Laufenden gehalten!!!! Geniess die Zeit!!! Asien ist total schön – aber von Indien ist uns bisher von allen Seiten abgeraten worden – da sollte man wirklich ein dickes Fell haben und nicht nah am Wasser gebaut haben!!


  7. Nicole June 6, 2011 @ 22:34

    good luck bro ;)


  8. Jens June 7, 2011 @ 11:31

    Es wird einer der besten Entscheidungen deines Lebens sein. Der Input Wahnsinnig und die Erfahrungen atemberaubend. :) Ich wünsche dir alles gute für deine Reise und ich hoffe, dass du uns über den ein oder anderen Kanal auf dem laufenden hälst, wie es dir ergeht.


  9. Stephanie & Johannes June 10, 2011 @ 17:26

    Lieber Jérôme! Wir wünschen Dir ganz viel Glück und eine Menge Spaß, pass auf Dich auf!!!
    Im Hintergrund waren wir immer über Deinen Lebensweg informiert (rate mal, von wem?!), Deinen Schritt jetzt finden wir sehr mutig. Wow!!! Bir irgendwann mal, lass es Dir gut gehen.
    Liebe Grüße von
    Deinem Cousinchen und Johannes


  10. Götz June 15, 2011 @ 20:27

    Hey Jerry, it’s time to wish you all the best. May your trip be fullfilling and stunning beautiful.

    I’m hopeful about the pictures you’ll take.

    Big Hands
    Götz


  11. Carmen June 15, 2011 @ 23:31

    Lieber Jerry. Wow. Bin beindruckt und auch neidisch und auch wehmütig. Dann werden wir keine Fahrten vom Barcamp Ruhr mehr nach Düsseldorf haben und über Science Fiction Serien reden….wünsch Dir alles Gute! Australien ist das absolute Lieblingsland meines Freundes. Take care, mate!


  12. daniel July 28, 2011 @ 21:11

    das beste, was du machen konntest, es wird gross. und halte dich unnbedingt immer 5 schritte von der herde backpacker entfernt, geh dahin, wo nichts von im LP steht. enjoy! no worries!




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