(Closed) Opportunity to live abroad and I’m terrified

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1087 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

never give up yourself.

Post # 4
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you know you don’t have to go with him. FH almost went to Germany too but ended up considerably closer in TX. I have automatic promotions for the next few years so we’re doing the long distance thing. It’s not that bad and since you’ll be doing long distance for part of it anyway (and have done it before!), you really shouldn’t feel like you have to give up everything and go there with him – maybe an extended visit? I wouldn’t pick up and move though just for a 6 month to 1 year stint

Post # 5
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This is such a personal decision, but if it were me, I would seriously consider it and most likely do it. Traveling is one of my all time passions and living abroad has provided me with some of the best most valuable, exciting, life changing experiences of my life.  If I had the opportunity to move abroad with my fiance, especially if it was something he really wanted to do, I probably would. I understand that it would be super hard to leave your career (as well as temporarily leave your family and friends) but I think it’s worth considering.  Germany is a fantastic country, and I’m sure there are many other wives in a similar situation that you would make friends with.

Post # 6
554 posts
Busy bee

I moved to Germany with my then Fiance for 2 years. It was depressing at times, but would I go back and change it- no way! I never learned German, didn’t need it! The food there is AWESOME! and the chances to travel were amazing and yes it was hard, often, but I wish I had been even more positive and I would do it again in a heart beat. 

Post # 7
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@phxgal10: A friend of mine had an opportunity to work with a teaching organization (they operate boarding schools for missionary kids I believe) as a receptionist.  She didn’t know ANY German (that’s where she is, as well), and she’s having a great time 🙂  You’ll pick it up so fast if you’re living there, and perhaps you can find a job like she did where they are willing to employ non-German speakers, or as an English teacher or something where speaking English would be a bonus!

Post # 8
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Omg are you crazy?  I would give anything to go live in Germany for a while.  You only live once and this world is big and beautiful and not everyone gets to travel and see it all.  Put things in perspective like that and just go with it.

Post # 9
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

My husband and I might end up there some day.  I know a few people who lived on the bases there and loved it.  I think you will probably be okay not knowing the language, my family and I have traveled quite a bit and a lot of other countries speak English.

I would consider it honestly.  Start looking for jobs there.  There are the same jobs over there.  You might also be able to get on at one of the Army bases.

Good luck with whatever you decide!

Post # 10
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Personally, I would absolutely take the opportunity to live in Germany for 3 years!  I think it would be such an adventure and so much fun.

I started a thread about living/moving internationally last week and many Bees commented that they are already doing this.  Maybe you could PM some of them and learn more about their experiences to help make your decision. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/would-you-be-willing-to-movelive-internationally

Post # 11
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think your situation is really challenging because you have a job and a career that it sounds like you love already.  If the job weren’t something you felt was a big part of your identity, I’d say go for it, but letting go of your dreams in exchange for “right now” travel is a difficult decision.

I did live in Germany for a year and I loved it, though, so I would highly recommend that experience 🙂  Fiance and I were long-distance for the year (we were not engaged then) and I missed him, but it was so worth it.  I was in Munich and I got to spend time in Berlin and Dresden, and then spent a couple months traveling (Norway, Belgium, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, the Vatican…) which was just incredible.  I want to go back!

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