For us, the question wasn’t if we would go abroad, but when. Since graduating university, we had always talked about living abroad at one point or another. We loved travelling around South America, but being a backpacker constantly on the move doesn’t allow you to fully appreciate a country and its people. When we volunteered and stayed in Huanchaco in Peru for a month, we felt we had more of an understanding of how life works over there. We had a daily routine; we went to work, we ate the local food etc., but most importantly, we got to know some of the local people who were extremely friendly, warm and inviting. Meeting people and being able to speak Spanish to them was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of our trip. We hope that we can experience this more fully by settling in one place, living, working and participating in the local community.
We made the decision to go abroad this year as it seemed the most convenient time for us to go. We were both considering leaving our jobs and had been looking at other opportunities elsewhere. We realised that if we committed to new jobs, we wouldn’t be free to go abroad anytime in the near future. We intend on living permanently in England where our friends and family are, and having a career is important to us, particularly Rory who wants to continue in engineering. For this reason, we thought that if we do not go abroad now, we never would. I think we feel like ‘it’s now or never’.