An opportunity has arisen whereby I could be relocating to Vancouver.
Having only ever moved from the south coast of England to London this is a daunting prospect though.
What do I do with my stuff, is it worth shipping it? Will my cat cope with the journey?
And ultimately what do I change this blog title too?!?
This opportunity has always been on the horizon for years due to my partners offices being there, they also have one in LA, but I really don’t think LA and I would mix. I like to walk a city and amble around taking in my bearings and I heard they arrest you for putting one foot in front of the other in LA.
The possibility has suddenly become a reality, he is over there now taking in the beer pumps of Gastown. They want him to stay but as soon as they say that you start thinking of actually what a hassle moving abroad would be and all you have to organise – I’ve only just renewed a 2 year mobile contract for goodness sake!
I would have no job, this is a huge factor, he may earn enough to support us in the interim but I have worked in my company 15 years and it offers me incredible security especially in a job market that has been suffering. Can I start over somewhere else given my obvious lack of ambition to further my career in the past. And then what when I inevitably move back to London….at 37 it’s scary thinking I could be throwing away a good wage, a secure job to then never know what is around the corner, especially since I won’t be able to rely on my looks to get me a sugar daddy when I hit 40.
Then I still need a visa, complicated by my past run ins with the law, so I may be declined after giving it all this thought.
What about the weather – I moan about Britain’s incessant rain – isn’t Vancouver worse?
And then there are my friends, who I would miss terribly. And of course my city, I miss her when I am away for two weeks let alone being torn away for good. And with only 10 days holiday a year in Canada, how will I fit in my jaunts to Thailand, visiting London aswell as the numerous other trips I squeeze into my 25 days a year I get now?
The ideal scenario is to not have to make a snap decision, there still may be a chance of him flitting between the two cities for the time being leading to a permanent move in a years time, I think I would need that time to sort everything.
Have any of you made a move abroad? What were your experiences?