Live more comfortably, overseas!
In winter of 2006 I made a decision that has completely changed my life, I moved to China. Now I know what you're probably thinking.. Why on Earth would you move out there? Answer- I wanted a more exciting life than what I had back home ( I'm from Toronto, Canada by the way) and to see the world, but what I didn't expect was how things back home would turn out i.e. recession, oil price hikes and the overall cost of living is too high for some. I, being one of them. I got tired of giving away all of my money as soon as I got it, and as a high school graduate, I had only so many choices.
So I packed all that I owned and headed overseas. Right from the first day of landing in China, I felt happier, more at peace and most if not all my stress was gone. I admit, when I first came to China, I was making what would be pennies in Canada, but as time went on.. I made a better money and have almost everything I ever wanted.
As an English teacher, I find myself in high demand. I can work hard and make lots of money or just sit at home. It's all up to me and that, is what I enjoy about living out here. Not to mention I have money to travel and I do travel often. I also have money to invest into my photography which all of these, I was never able to do back home.
Although, I do miss my family very much and I always try and visit at least once a year. However, because of the high costs in Canada.. I must save a few months salary just to go back for a visit.That's the only real downside (that and I miss Canadian health care!).
It's possible to make a ton of money in other countries such a South Korea and Japan. Both of these countries are more on par with the West when it comes to costs. When I was in Korea, I had heard about a Canadian woman who worked in an English school and tutored in her free time, after one year she had made over $75,000 cnd.
So what am I saying, that you should drop everything and just move out here?? No, it's not for everyone. Living in these countries means learning new languages and cultures. Everyone is nice and many will invite you to dinners, bars or even to travel, but I wont sugar coat it for you, it can be hard (and lonely) trying to deal with people who were raised much differently than you and there are a lot of things here I still don't understand.
I have overcame most of the difficulties that this country has thrown at me and now I live in my own home with a beautiful Chinese girlfriend and I am free to live and work freely. I love it!
However, this article is based mainly on my experiences and I cannot garentee that you will enjoy yourself out here. I beleive that if you have a wish to learn about new cultures/ languages, then perhaps you may want to give it a try.