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What’s Stopping You From Moving?

September 13, 2015

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Time for another topic we’re very passionate about: what’s stopping you from living where you want to live?

As you might have noticed, we’ve done a lot of traveling this year. Japan, Dominican Republic, Canada, Bali, Canada again, USA, Canada again, Finland, and we’re about to fly out again at the end of September. In a lot of the places we’ve traveled to we’ve met lots of viewers who want to live in Korea, but many of them say so with a sadness in them, like, they want to go, but they can’t, because of their families or their jobs or their friends. We keep on trying to urge people to live abroad while they still can, because you never know what’s going to happen to you in the future. Your health won’t always be what it is now, and you might find yourself unable to do the traveling you want to do later on. So do it while you can!

I know some people will probably say “sure, but what after you travel?” What if you lose touch with your friends, lose your job and your home and furniture. What do you do when you get back? Well, you start again. That’s what. We have friends who had great jobs in the USA and threw them away so that they could live in Korea for a few years. And so they did. Now they’re back in America and have found new jobs. It’s doable. It’s possible. It’s challenging and scary, but it’s very rewarding.

I guess it’s easier for me to say because I saw my parents do it as well. My mother was a lawyer in Poland, and my father the Vice President of a company, and they both gave that up for a new life in Canada. Yes, they had lots of difficulties. We were dirt poor for the first few years. But we did it. We started a new life elsewhere, and don’t regret it. Which is why I kinda relate to the girl in the video whose family did the same thing. My family, too, was surprised that I wanted to leave, but the two of us, Martina and I, have been able to pursue a life we didn’t even know existed before coming here. We’ve made new friends we now hold dearly, friends we couldn’t have made if we stayed home. We have this awesome new career that we couldn’t have had if we stayed home. We have so many new experiences, have eaten so many new foods, all of which would have been locked away from us if we didn’t take the risk and leave our comfort zones. Hopefully, if you’re feeling the desire to live somewhere else, but something’s holding you back, you can find the courage to move, and give yourself the life you didn’t know you had waiting for you.

Ok that became a bit too impassioned. I’m gonna go drink a glass of water now…

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  1. Liebe Martina and Simon,
    I have been a constant fan of yours since August 2009. I watched all the videos you had at the time all in one day, and I left one comment asking if you guys were just friends or married. Because it was really late at night and I didn’t think that one through… I was in Germany for the first time ever when I saw your videos and they really took a hold of my imagination. Not only about Korea and all your adventures, but I kept putting myself in your place and wondering how I could do the same things you are doing.
    I’ve been a silent fan for a really long time. I’ve gone to college and graduated since then and much more. In august I received a call from a program I applied to (that I was an alternate for) that a spot opened up and would I like to go to Germany? I instantly said yes and in two weeks I put together all the paperwork, got everything together, and now I’m here.
    Its been such a whirlwind of activity and I’m finally settled in and working as and English assistant at a tiny school on a small island on the border of Poland. It is literally my dream job since forever. I am so excited to be here and to be given such an amazing opportunity.
    Its been a long time since I’ve commented on one of your videos, because I was always worried you’d remember my old comment from before…somehow… but over the past few days I’ve been thanking all the people who have helped me reach where I am today, and I this video really kind of sums it up for me.
    Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for all your adventures and all your hard work and keeping my imagination alive in a time where I believed a call-center job was the best I could get.

    I know its vague, and probably just as silly as asking if you were married, but thank you for being a part of my life.
    Mit freundlichen Grußen,
    Hannah

    3 years ago
    • Hi,
      I’ve just read your comment and I want compliment you for the decision you made. I wish you the very best luck!

      3 years ago
  2. While I still want to see a lot of places (India and the Himalaya’s, Australia, South America, and Israel/Egypt, Switzerland) – as far as living anywhere else (save moving to a bit safer neighborhood – I’m in Milwaukee!!) I don’t really want to move around to much more. I’ve got to much stuff now to make that a pleasant experience.

    I’ve moved and traveled quite a bit.

    In the US I’ve lived in 13 States (and visited 45), I spent a summer in England (and we spent some time in France), I was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan for about 4 1/2 years (and traveled around Japan a lot) and we spent quite a bit of time in Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Bahrain, UAE, and visited Saudi Arabia, Oman, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, and China proper. of course, I’ve also visited Mexico and Canada (wife’s got family in Toronto – Richmond Hills) on several occasions.

    3 years ago
  3. I don’t think I have this urge to live somewhere else anymore. Maybe it’s because I moved to Switzerland two years ago and I really like it here. Even though it never was my goal destination. All I know is I don’t want to go back to France, and I think I’d like to move again someday, but I just don’t know where. But since I’ve done it once already, I think if I find a place that I really want to stay at I’ll be less afraid to start over again. Maybe I’ll want to move to Korea if I go back there again and eat odeng u_u. I miss odeng…

    3 years ago
    • I don’t know much about Switzerland, but it seems like an amazing place to me. I don’t know why. I can’t even remember seeing it in movies or TV shows, but it seems like it’s got everything together.

      3 years ago
  4. I need to get my degree first but once I have that I’m off to teach English in Korea. I plan on using that to start my travels. I live in England and it would be much easier to travel around Europe before settling down. The issue there is that most European cultures share a lot of history and are all, to a point, fairly similar.

    I look forward to living in an environment completely different from my own :)

    3 years ago
  5. Does anyone know any useful sites on travelling in Korea? For example, how to travel around Jeju if I don’t have a car…and whereabouts in a city should I book my Airbnb in so that I’ll be at the centre of everything…?

    I’m going Korea next summer and I’ll be traveling Korea by myself! I’ll be 18 then…is that safe? I really want the experience of traveling by myself…I know that no where is completely safe, but will it really be an issue?

    Anyway…I’m super excited to be going next year!

    3 years ago
  6. The only thing stopping me is getting a work visa. I had people want to offer me work in Korea, trying to give me the impression that I could just move to Korea and they would hire me. I’m glad I did my research so I didn’t enter Korea illegally. Thankfully the Korean consulate let me know what I needed to do to enter Korea and be able to stay for more than 90 days. Once I get my visa, I’m Korea bound.

    3 years ago
  7. I was going to move to Alberta with my bf, but due to a major crash in their economy, that shifted our plans.

    I think the only thing stopping us from moving will be his liscence to practice as a dental hygenist. I could go wherever if I wanted to. But for him, he wouldn’t be able to practice in another country without going through another board exam to ensure that he is trustworthy. I think there are diiferent standards and practices for hygenists, but I’m not sure.

    3 years ago
  8. I really like that you guys open up the window to make the goal feel easier to reach, although I must admit you hit the nail right on the head for me at least with comfort zones and learning to just jump in I’m trying to prepare to get there, at least for a visit I have 3 beautiful autistic boys so I’ll be waiting till there a little older which will give me some time to learn some basic Korean I hope!

    3 years ago
  9. For me it’s not so much a desire to move as a desire to move on. But what do I want to move on to? Don’t know. Frankly, though I really enjoy watching EYK, and I do enjoy my kdramas, I’ve never had a burning desire to move to Korea. I find it very interesting from a sociological standpoint but I think all of the existential angst and what Sartre called “bad faith” would drive me up a wall (I swear I’m not trying to be obnoxiously pretentious here by talking about Sartre and existentialism!)

    3 years ago
    • Sorry, it’s impossible to mention Sartre and not be pretentious. Scientifically impossible. They did the math. It’s also why I barely mention my love of Proust ;)

      3 years ago
  10. I’m not too sure.

    The whole past year has been working to try to get to Korea in some way, just to experience it. That didn’t end up working out with TaLK pretty much on the end of its life. I guess I’ll need to keep practicing my korean and save up some more while looking toward the future.

    I think my dream lifestyle is what you guys do. I understand there is a ton of work going into these kinds of things, especially behind the scenes. I’ve made videos with my old roommates and it takes a lot of time and dedication, but the fans and the community really make it worthwhile.

    If not I think I’d like to go see about getting some kind of job at a gaming company in Korea. I love Korean games, especially online games, they’re what got me passionate about the industry.

    I just got a new full time job at home here in Michigan, and I’m going to help my parents out financially for a bit, but I will get to Korea in my future. Ever since being introduced to it by my friend who taught there, it has been my one true goal to get over there and experience everything he’s told me about first hand.

    3 years ago
  11. I want to live in korea. Even in the states I wanted to teach, but family members kept putting that down so I dropped the idea. When I started to watch EYK, the idea of teaching in korea sounded amazing. Even visited for 3 weeks a fell in love with Seoul. What’s keeping me from moving is now my age. Turning 50 this year. Most teaching jobs there are for younger people. Currently work for walmart, but doubt that experience could get me a job there as well. So don’t let time slip away. Work hard towards what makes you happy. Enjoy life.

    3 years ago
  12. You talked about this in Finland and Simon had a great speech about it! :D I think you guys encourage a lot of people to change their lives for the better. As for myself, I would love to live in Japan. I did live in Osaka for about a year as an exchange student couple years ago. I was never afraid to live in Japan and it kinda surprised me that it was the first thing everyone thought when I said I was going to Japan by myself. I think it’s because it was my dream for so many years I knew it was going to happen at some point. Also, I’m used to being away from my family since my uni is 5 hours away from Tampere so I don’t see my friends and family that often… So the thing that’s stopping me is getting a visa. It seems that the only option is to become a teacher in Japan. That’s why I’m learning Japanese so I could have more options with jobs. I still have couple years left in uni if I’m going for master’s degree but then I will try to find a job in Japan and live there for couple years! (and save some money heh)

    3 years ago
    • OH AWESOME! You were at our talk! I’m glad you think it sounded alright. I felt very confused on stage and I wasn’t sure if I was making sense. Ah! But, yes, I am quite passionate about getting people to step out of their comfort zones and travel, and I’ll talk about it as much as I can before it gets annoying :D

      3 years ago
      • Yeah! On Saturday I was in the group photo while cosplaying Suzuya Juuzou and on Sunday I was wearing yukata with my cousin. ^^ And don’t worry, everything made sense to me! :D I think everyone has at least one thing they’re passioned about and won’t stop talking so it’s all good. haha

        3 years ago
  13. I would like to move to Korea permanently. The only thing stopping me is the immigration laws. grrrr.Living in the Us spoils you because we don’t limit anybody that come here.

    3 years ago
    • Is that right? I thought that the US had some tough immigration laws as well? At least, that’s what I heard from some Canadians that tried to live there.

      3 years ago
      • the us is practically the only country that will let you come here just to work. I have heard it is easier to move to canada,not sure why but once in canada I doubt if there is any problems. they even give the citizenship test in spainish and a couple of other languages.

        when I was looking teaching,2013-14, I had 2 weeks to take a medical after arriving in Korea. If I failed,contagious diseases mainly,they deport you. about the only jobs I could find were teaching and translating.I think it was in one of your vids about korean companies having to hire koreans first.

        3 years ago
  14. it aint that easy.consider this.a full time job requires you actually have to go to work if you are unreliable you get the sack equals no money
    consider most people have b
    no language skills have no money for travel and barely survive on what they have
    consider you have to leave the country of choice on a regular basis because you cant get permanent residency.I really think you are way out of touch with the harsh realities of life,you should be a politician

    3 years ago
  15. I love what you’ve written, and thanks a lot for the encouragement.
    I hope I will get to travel freely one day. But not at this moment. Not yet.. :)

    3 years ago
  16. I’m sure this will be a common/popular answer to both where and why not: Korea, lack of money.

    Well, lack of money isn’t the only reason why I haven’t. There’s a lot of small fears and self doubt I have. I’m also not as driven as I think I should be, like, I’m just going with the flow of life, and that’s kind of scary, now that I’m thinking about it.
    But I really want to go back to be close to my mom and get to know my family again after having not seen them in 23 years. Plus, each time I’ve been back lately, I just felt at peace and extremely happy. However, I know that I would miss my friends and family here TREMENDOUSLY. It was bad when I moved a few states over for a year, so… yeah, I can’t imagine. xD;;

    I imagine that someday, though it probably won’t be very soon, that I’ll find my way back there to actually live. Still, I know that I will always come back to the states for comfort and familiarity.

    3 years ago