The fears of moving abroad

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The Fears of moving abroad!

In my first journal entry of the New Year, I embraced my fears of moving abroad to Europe. 

We have nearly 1 year before we move to Europe. (OMGOSH!) While this fills me with much excitement, I am scared shitless! Never have I embarked on such a grand adventure before. I want to be brave and carefree->just free-spiriting my way around the globe. However, I am not that girl. I am cautious and calculating. I love a good plan or to-do list. I don’t do things on a whim or at least not in my “normal” life. When I am on the road, I become my truest self. I am still careful but am willing to do things last-minute. Like the time we joined a Medieval-inspired wedding anniversary in Cortona or sang karaoke with Londoners while in Avignon. These moments are what make me want to travel  more. These happenings renew my wanderlust instantaneously. So how do we handle moving abroad to Europe?

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So why do I have fears of moving abroad, indefinitely, with true freedom?

Well, for one, I don’t know how to live in complete freedom. In my 27 years, I have always had school, extra curricular activities, or a career to give me roots. I am also scared shitless about the cost. There is an unknown amount of money needed to make this venture a success. No matter how much I review current economic trends or gas & food prices, I still cannot be 100% sure of what we’ll need abroad.

I am terrified of the terrorists attacks taking place throughout Europe; most recently in Berlin and Istanbul. Also, due to terror, refugees are swarming borders of major cities all around Europe. This creates economic and social unrest. The sanctions between Russia and the USA are strained resulting from a recent hacking attempt by the Russians. There is much turmoil in the world where we plan on living.

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Okay, so why do I want to continue with moving abroad?

I NEED this trip! When else will Michael and I be out of college, childless, and physically capable of doing this? If we wait for “retirement” age in the traditional sense, we will be drained of life. We will have had 40+ years in a career (most likely corporate America careers). I can tell you after only 5yrs, I am no longer passionate about the work I do. I am not finding my purpose here. 

We are learning more about Social Media Management (SMM). There are promises in this field. We can make a decent money income, work <8hrs a day, and work from a laptop anywhere in the world (with WiFi). We have much to learn but are determined to see this business succeed. Being “Modern-day Nomads” is what we want for our life. Whether this is 6 months or 6 years, we owe it to ourselves to give it a shot!

Children are something we would like…in the future. We also are settled on our future kids living a nomadic lifestyle. Children should be living the life of their parents not the other way around. We plan to continue traveling the world despite parenthood-once that time comes. Staying fit on the road is also very doable!

**Having an active income, working <40hrs a week, and making your “office” anywhere on the map?! That is true Freedom to us!**

Being the planner that I am, I will make sure we have travel insurance and money saved for flights back home-should we want or need to return. I am scared to leave the familiar behind but I fear who I might become if I don’t.

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Maegan and Michael are Adventurous Southerners who share their world journey and approach to living the travel lifestyle. You can expect humor and lighthearted banter blended with REAL travel stories and tips. Maegan is a registered dietitian, while Michael has an excerise science background, but both are outdoor lovers, and revel in the beauty of cultures unlike their own. Now, Maegan and Michael are working towards expat life through remote work. Join the adventure. Do you love to travel? Does your full time job or career prevent you from living the life you dream of? This is the duo to follow. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


  1. Farrah says:

    Could not agree more—with EVERY SINGLE WORD! Get outta my head 😋

    1. maegan89 says:

      Great minds think alike!

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more! When I first set out to travel full-time, I was hit with panic and nerves, and a big part of that was dealing with the “unlimited freedom”. I’m glad you are ready to face that head on, and I wish you well in your move!

    1. maegan89 says:

      Thank you so much! It’s so scary but that fear is fueling my passion! Cheers!

  3. Ivy says:

    Children should be living the life of their parents not the other way around. <- THIS. Couldn't agree more!! We're thinking about having kids in the next few years and this is what I keep telling people around me who keep saying that my life is going to be over once that happens. Hell naw! Nothing's going to stop us from traveling.
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    1. maegan89 says:

      I am glad you agree. I felt selfish for saying that and feared I might catch some heat but hey, that’s how I see it. Children won’t know any different than the way they are raised and once they become conscious of that, they are close to being on their own and making decisions for themselves.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Great post! I’m so similar always planning. You seem every excited your trip, even if a bit nervous 🙂
    I moved from Australia to London in 2015 with no family, no friends, no job, no house and just my life savings. It was big and it was scary and one piece of advice I would give you or anyone else is to remember, worse case, you get in a cab, you get to the airport, you go home. I found that oddly soothing and reassuring. I may be 16,000km away from anyone I know, but if it’s too much, if I’m scared, if I don’t want to anymore, there is always a way out.
    In 18 months, I haven’t thought about going home once, but it was a nice plan b should I need it.
    All the best with your move 🙂

    Rebecca |

    1. maegan89 says:

      Thank you! Excited and Nervous are my middle names! Everyday makes me more ready for this life though. You are right, I tell my husband that ALL the time, We can always go home!

  5. Cynthia says:

    What a great inspiration! You’ve thought thru all the proper things and are making reasonable arrangements to take care of the things that need to be taken care of – how freeing to be able to use your planning to live the life you want, vs the life we’re ‘supposed’ to live. Good luck, have fun!!

    1. maegan89 says:

      Thank you for that! My sister likes to pick on me for “over planning” yet without a plan, your dreams are just that and never become fruitful, right?!

  6. Cali says:

    Oh how I agree with you!! I saved up and quit my job and traveled for all of last year. Now I am in some sort of limbo trying to decide if I would rather go back to corporate America or give this digital nomad thing a go. How do you do both?!?! I love stability and adventure! Best of luck to you two!
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    1. maegan89 says:

      *chill bumps* Wow! So you quit and traveled a year? What did you do beforehand? My opinion…Don’t be in any rush to return to traditional life as corporate America “ain’t goin’ nowhere” LOL I will keep you posted on our journey and truly hope we can make it a success!

  7. Kyla says:

    It sounds like a great adventure and I want to congratulate on your determination to move forward with it despite the “scare factor”. I also completely agree that your kids should live your lives, not the other way around. Sure, your lifestyle will be a bit different with kids in the mix, but it can still be nomadic, enjoyable and everything you’ll have already set up for yourself.
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    1. maegan89 says:

      Thank you! So refreshing to hear you say that. I was Leary about posting my kid opinions on here since I don’t have any. BUT it is MY blog and I honestly like hearing how others do it…it gives me reassurance!

  8. Taryn says:

    Wow. Congrats on taking the plunge. I think that many of us just want to opt out of the corporate world for awhile but we are afraid to do it. So many digital nomad blogs make it sound so easy, but I know it can’t be. Thanks for your honest reflections about what scares you about the future, and why you are doing it anyway. So refreshing!

    1. maegan89 says:

      Thank you! It was hard to be so “open” but part of this blogging journey is be REAL and show ppl what life looks like at EVERY corner…not just the pretty pictures in Italy days LOL

  9. This year aged 50 I will be moving to Australia. This will be the 7th country I will have lived in on 4 continents. I find every move scary – thats normal but it is also so exciting. I chose not to travel nomadically when my daughter was growing up. We however travelled extensively and she has been all over the world. She has grown now so we are off travelling again.
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    1. maegan89 says:

      That is so wonderful to hear because we, too, are wondering where and how children will fit into our nomadic life. So inspiring to know you are going back at it again (must have not been so bad the first go round) hehe

  10. I can relate to the anxious feeling before moving abroad. I felt similarly when I moved from the US to Korea back in 2010…. I kept telling myself “no matter what happens, it’s not the end of the world – and if I want to go home, I can always go home.” Knowing that a plan b exists is super helpful in squashing the bulk of the anxiety so you can let the excitement really take over. You two are going to have a great time, and though you may encounter some unpleasant things along the road, it really will only help you prepare better for the future and become a more robust, worldly human being 😀
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    1. maegan89 says:

      Thank you for your encouragements! We always say we can go home and it won’t be a failure because we tried. I think adversity fuels us and cannot wait to say Adios to hospital life haha

  11. Jaina says:

    I feel your concerns but follow your dreams! Not everyone have the courage to do that! By the way, where are you moving to? I totally agree what you meant by raising children in sort of a free-spirit way not the current ‘zoo like-caged and fed’ lifestyle!

    1. maegan89 says:

      We are moving to Germany to begin with. This is where we will buy our RV and from there we travel all over Europe for 16months or more. I like that “caged and fed” too true!

  12. Rosemary says:

    How exciting…moving and starting a new life as modern day digital nomads is quite an adventure. I made that leap of faith about a year and half ago, and I haven’t looking back. Plan, prepare, but don’t overthink it. Enjoy the journey as you prepare for your big move. Best of luck.
    Rosemary recently posted…Chinatown Bangkok: Where to Have Amazing Street FoodMy Profile

    1. maegan89 says:

      Thank you! Such great advice as I can over plan. However, I tend to go with the flow on the road. That’s exciting that you have been at it almost 2yrs! I can’t wait!

  13. Rhiannon says:

    Seriously, don’t let the media scare you! Sure we’ve had a few terrorist attacks in Europe recently but in all honesty where hasn’t?! We also have hella good security (and in most countries people can’t own guns 😉 ) so honestly, it’s mostly the media using scare tactics. When you get over here you’ll see that to us the USA is this big scary place full of guns and bad people and you’ll be all like “What!!”
    This is such an exciting adventure you’re getting ready for though!! Europe is huge, but at the same time kind of tiny and there’s so much to explore! I’m excited for you. And you’re totally right – when else will you get the chance?!

    1. Maegan says:

      Thank you and we agree completely. Thank you for your support! We love Europe!

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