I’ve always had an adventurous spirit. Not in the typical sense where I skydive every weekend and rock climb in my down time. It’s a different sort of adventurous. The one that craves foreign lands, peoples, languages and cultures. I have, like many other young ladies, been bitten by the travel bug.
I’ve been able to go a few places these past couple years, but none of those trips have fully quenched my thirst for the world. I still want to travel and explore.
So I made a deal with myself. After I graduated college, I would take off at least a year to travel the world. There wasn’t much of a plan of where I’d go or what I’d do. I just knew I had to go.
Graduation came, and I still had no plan. I knew I needed to stick around home a while longer, but there was no plan for after that despite the constant nagging from people. I would just smile and tell people I didn’t know what I wanted to do when actually I knew exactly.
The plan was always to travel.
A few months ago I signed up on an au pair website on a whim at midnight. Little did I know the responses I would get. I got more than 50 families asking me to be their au pair. What? Yeah, that’s what I said. I didn’t know if I was even seriously considering being an au pair.
Then I met the perfect family.
Long story short, I’m moving to Munich, Germany! I’ll be an au pair there for about 11 months starting in September.
Let’s rewind real quick. What’s an au pair you ask? It’s basically a nanny from another country. It’s a great way to experience a new culture and still travel for cheap. I honestly could not be more thrilled to go!
It wasn’t an easy decision though. It took me a few weeks to finally decide. I was torn between staying here or leaving. I didn’t want to leave my family and friends here at home, but I also knew that I had dreamed of an opportunity like this for years.
Sometimes it takes jumping into the unknown to experience something great.
And it’s time for me to try something new.
After all, I’m only 21 years old. The world is such a big place, and I’ve only seen a fraction of it. On top of that, I don’t have much of a five-year plan. I’m still figuring out where I want to go and what I want to do. I’ve dreamed of travelling and living overseas. I’ve known that’s where I wanted to go.
You can be sure I’ll be blogging and updating every step of the way too. Weekdays will be for au pairing and weekends for travelling and exploring. Feel free to follow along with my journey by following me on Instagram or signing up for my emails when I make a new post (on the sidebar).
Let the countdown begin! I’ve got less than 4 months to learn German..
Photo credit: John Morgan