Where will I be in 2015?

by Michelle on March 19, 2014 · 17 comments

"Hello, world!"

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!

Munich, Germany


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.

London, England


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)

Vancouver, Canada


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)

Hong Kong


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?

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Rika | Cubicle Throwdown March 19, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Wow! That’s quite the list lady! My vote is for Vancouver, but I might be a little biased 🙂


Michelle Michelle March 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

Haha there’s just so many places I’d love to live in! 😛 I have a German friend living in Vancouver at the moment and she absolutely loves it!


Yann March 19, 2014 at 7:06 pm

I think living in a huge city like London or Hong Kong for a while sounds very exciting! Considering Hong Kong has the sea and sunny weather, it would probably be my top choice out of these seven amazing sounding places.


Michelle Michelle March 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

Yea, I think I’ll have to live in a big city or else I’ll get bored too quickly! 🙂


Mike March 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm

I totally appreciate your desire to want to travel the world and be an expat as I read about Vancouver, Michelle. But, I liked that choice since I’ve been there and would love to compare notes to your experience there. You have the world by the coattails with all of them so proceed away.


Michelle Michelle March 20, 2014 at 9:58 am

How did you like it there? I’d love to go there and see it for myself! 🙂


Erika March 20, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Oooh, what a fun list of places! I’m interested in a lot of the places you listed for similar reasons! I’m starting to get more curious about Asia, but the air quality thing is really keeping me from wanting to dive in. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see where you end up when you’re done with grad school! (I’m trying to figure that out myself!)


Michelle Michelle March 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I have a bunch of friends teaching English somewhere in Asia right now too and they all love it, so it makes me want to go there even more haha. And I hope you find out too where you’ll go! 🙂


Chris March 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Wow, what a list.

the most difficult thing seems to find employment wherever you go. London is quite similar to Germany. I’ll vote for HongKong as well. Totally different vibe and a diverse setting. I’d have to come visit you though 😀


Michelle Michelle March 21, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Yea it would be so fun to live somewhere completely different for a year or so 🙂 And of course you’d have to come visit! 😀


memographer March 20, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I’ve been to Munich and London. Would love to visit all other places! Hong Kong is at the top of this list for me. So I’ll be watching you, Michelle [wink]


Michelle Michelle March 21, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Yea Hong Kong is at the top of my travel wish list! Would love to experience a different culture! 😀


Elisa March 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I LOOOVE London! If I had to pick a place to live , it would probably be London or San Francisco. SO my vote goes to the UK capital 😉


Michelle Michelle March 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I love London too! If the weather was better, it would definitely be the most perfect city in the world! 😀


Jon @ jonistravelling.com April 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Nice list, although if you are going to live in New Zealand I’d recommend Wellington over Auckland – it’s definitely the nicest city in NZ!


Michelle Michelle April 3, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Thanks for the suggestion! Going to go read up about Wellington now 😛


Nika April 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

I currently live in Stellenbosch close to the magnificent city of Capetown.
Check out my travel blog about South Africa: http://erdbeerbauer.blogspot.com/


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