It’s so typical of me to already be thinking about where I’ll be living in 2015, when we’re only a few months into 2014…but hear me out! Now that my second semester of my Master’s will start again in less than a month, I’m another semester closer to graduating! Come mid-2015 of next year, the world will once again be my oyster as I ask myself that question that every traveller loves asking themselves, “where do I want to go?”
With lots of my friends having either graduated a year or so ago, or graduating around now, this question tends to get asked a lot. And well, if you’re young, adventurous and want to see the world, there’s no better time to do it when you graduate. When people ask me where I’d like to live, there’s seven places that seem to come up over and over again…
Where will my wanderlust take me in 2015? Check out my list below!
Pros: This is one of the easiest options, since because I’ll be graduating in Germany, my residence permit will allow me to work here. Currently I’m living in Munich and I really love it here, and since I already have to move back to Regensburg in about a month, I’d love the opportunity to live here longer. Sure, Munich is only a bit more than an hour from Regensburg by train, but it’s surprising nonetheless how different the experience is to live in a city, versus just visiting there. As jobs go, Munich definitely has the most English-related jobs in Germany, plus there’s enough beer gardens, castles, and the Alps nearby to keep you busy.
Cons: By the time I graduate, I would’ve lived in Germany for three years, and while I do like this country, I would also love to go somewhere different.
Pros: I’ve always dreamed about living in London when I was little, so this would be a dream come true! There’s also no language barrier, and I absolutely love love love British street fashion. After New York, this is probably the place to be if you want to pursue a career in art or writing, although I’m sure the competition is just as tough. I loved London when I visited last year, and I do have a few options of being able to live and work there…like a Youth Mobility Visa.
Cons: The weather!!!!! (also the economy and high living costs)
Pros: Jobs are always easier to come by in your own country and I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver. If I go back to Canada, I know I’d want to live in Vancouver. My dream is to live by the ocean, and this city seems to have it all…warm weather, blue skies, the ocean, big city life and of course, Canadian friendliness!
Cons: As much as I love Canada, and despite the fact that Vancouver is practically another country considering how it’s at least 5 hours away from Toronto by plane, the idea of “going home” after I graduate seems a bit disappointing. I’ve always dreamed of living the expat life and becoming some sort of world explorer when I was younger, so just the thought of “going back home” feels like the end of an adventure, and is scarier to me than moving to some random obscure part of the world.
Pros: Growing up in Canada, I’ve always yearned for sun and beaches. And when it comes to sun and beaches, well Australia definitely has plenty of that. I fell in love with Australia when I backpacked there a few years back (I even have a tattoo to prove my love!) and I’ve been dying to go back. Even all of my European friends I’ve met there all seem to be plotting for a way to move back there someday. I think I’d be happy there even well into my 60’s, having a beach bonfire every night with friends…and that is both a Bailey’s commercial and one of my Australia fantasies. To summarize, it’s really the most perfect country ever!
Cons: Big spiders? Increased chances of skin cancer? Actually the only con is the fact that I’ve used up my Holiday Working Visa so finding another way to live and work there is a bit tricky.
Auckland, New Zealand
Pros: It’s similar to Australia and a friend told me that there’s lots of advertising agencies there, which is in line with the sort of career I’d like to have. I never got a chance to visit NZ when I was in Australia, but lots of friends who have been to both countries said that they actually preferred New Zealand a lot more! Plus, I’m sold by the photos of the wilderness in this country alone, and I don’t even like Lord of the Rings (admittedly, I think I’ve fallen asleep during every LOTR movie I’ve seen).
Cons: It was pretty difficult finding a job with a Holiday Working Visa in Australia, so ideally I’d like to have a job in my career field secured before I go there. I would hate to have a master’s degree only to find myself working full-time at a cafe! (even if it is one with an impressive ocean view)
Pros: I’d love to live in Asia at some point in my life. It’s exotic, sunny and the coastal cities boost some of the best beaches out there! (there’s definitely a pattern going on here!) Hong Kong is my main choice because it’s so different, but at the same time, the business language is English and there’s a large expat community there, if I ever feel homesick. The jobs all seem to be in Asia these days, and if anything, there’s always teaching English to fall back on, which luckily I have experience doing. I also love how epic Asian cities can be. You think the New York skyline is impressive, the one in Hong Kong will blow you away…
Cons: Poor air quality and difficulty in finding apartments in the city centre.
Cape Town, South Africa
Pros: Continuing with my love affair with sun and beaches, Cape Town is pretty much the most exotic of them all. I have yet to go to Africa, but it does seem like it would be one epic adventure. I’ve been wanting to go to South Africa for years now, but it’s one of those countries that are so far away, when you go, you’d like to go for a longer period of time, rather than a short vacation. The option to live there for a couple years when I’m young would amazing, and I do have the option of getting a Holiday Working Visa to live and work here.
Cons: Dangerous neighbourhoods, and difficulty finding employment.
With five out of the seven places being full of sun and beaches, perhaps I’ll have to follow the sun! Have you guys lived in any of these places? What are your dream cities to live in?