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"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts." 

Mark Twain 

Mar 27, 2019

50m

Hi, I’m _________ and I’m an American.

 

Hi, _________.

 

It’s tough being a US nomad these days, needing to defend and deflect political questions, having to apologize for years of destruction we knew nothing about, but most of all – those damned stereotypes!

 

We are lucky to have the passport power we have, the freedoms we were born into, and the power of our fiat currency. But, these privileges come at a cost as an expat. Please enjoy this US expat chat, with Holly, an ex-US teacher who navigates the pros and cons of life abroad under the shadow of the red, white and blue flag. The question is - what is really important?

 

~ 10’ decisions to jump and teach abroad

~ 11’ the universe conspires

~ 13’ the rebirth theory, again

~ 15’ making friends abroad

~ 19’ repatriation blues

~ 22’ step by step processing

~ 26’ 50 countries in 3 years - it’s possible

~ 32’ letting go abroad

~ 35’ connections abroad for cheap travel

https://www.workaway.info/

https://wwoof.net/

https://www.couchsurfing.com/

http://www.hostels.com/

~ 37’ perceptions of US

~ 39’ judgments

~ 40’ just be a cool person, it usually works

~ 43’ some wins

~ 45’ minimalism

~ 47’ nursing home idealism

~ 49’ slow down, what is important to you?

~ 50' the unknown is where it's at