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How To Spend Years Abroad And Still Have A Life To Go Back To Afterwards

Spending years abroad is a dream come true for many people. The opportunity to travel endlessly means you can enjoy a special type of life. 

However, spending all that time overseas can have a detrimental impact on your roots. After several years, you can wind up feeling estranged from the country where you grew up. 

Fortunately, there are ways to stop this. And that’s what we discuss in this post. Here’s to the perennial traveler:

Document Your Journey

The first thing you’ll want to do is document your journey and what happens during your adventures. This way, your experience will feel more familiar to your friends and family, and less like a black box. 

These days, sharing information is easier than ever. Practically every country in the world has the internet (with the notable exception of North Korea), so anywhere you go, you can fire up Instagram and post your pics. You can also share videos on some of the new private sites that are popping up all the time if you are looking to avoid the limelight and simply stay in touch with the people who matter back home. 

Protect Your Property

You also want to ensure you protect your property while you are away. The best option is probably to rent out your property if you have one. (You can use it to fund your adventures). However, you will also need to protect your car, van, or RV. If you

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Whatever you do, don’t leave vehicles unattended on your driveway for months at a time. That will attract criminality and vandalism. 

Maintain Your Interests

When traveling, it is also critical to maintain your interests. You don’t want to suddenly abandon everything you did when home, just because you’re in a new country with different rules. Ensure you keep pursuing your interests. Having something to enjoy and look forward to will help you reintegrate when you get home instead of having to start from scratch again. 

Work On Career Development While Away

You’ll also want to work on your career development while away. Getting professional development whole away can help you build skills and thrive when you return to the office in the future. 

For example, you might try attending workshops and conferences. You might also want to go on courses while you are away to build your skills and stay up to date with the latest developments. You can always improve while away and show off your skills to employers when you return. 

Join Expat Networks

Finally, many people find it helpful to join expat communities when spending vast swathes of time overseas. Finding other people of the same nationality in a foreign country makes it more straightforward to maintain roots and keep traditions going. 

You can find these communities in most major cities in foreign countries. What you get is often a more traditional version of the home society, less prone to change, ironically, than those who remain.


Edel Alon
Edel Alon
Edel-Ryan Alon is a starving musician, failed artist, connoisseur of fine foods, aspiring entrepreneur, husband, father of two, geek by day, cook by night, and an all around great guy.


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