Today we have a different story. This time is about Cam she lives abroad because of her husbands job. She currently lives in the UK and shares how at times it can be hard to live abroad but at the same time an opportunity you should embrace.
Here is her story:
1. Tell us about yourself…
I’m from Memphis, Tennessee USA, but I currently live in Bury St. Edmunds. It’s a small town in Suffolk, United Kingdom. I live here with my husband and our pup, Brody! My husband will have lived here for 3 years come May. Brody and I joined him a year later! We love traveling, hanging with our friends, and exploring the English countryside when we can.
2. What do you do for a living? What did you use to do back home?
I used to work in sales back in the states. I do not currently work in England which is why I decided to start a blog. Before moving overseas, I rarely traveled except the occasional road trip to Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, etc… Once I moved to England, I was traveling to a new country almost monthly. That’s when my friends and family were like “ok you seriously need to start a blog.” So I did!
3. Something you wish you knew before moving abroad? and how not knowing this has affected you?
I think my situation may be a little different than others. My husband got England for a work assignment so his job paid for us to move over here and shipped our furniture. It’s kind of our home away from home since all our belongings are still with us! I definitely wish I started my travel blog when we arrived instead of a year later!
4. What has been your best outcome regarding your move?
I have several great outcomes: I got engaged in England, have seen so much of Europe, and have met the most amazing friends. I came over to England not really knowing what to expect and was a bit hesitant if I’m being honest. I knew the two years would go fast but I didn’t realize how fast.
I would 100% move back here again someday and will bawl my eyes out when we have to say goodbye!
5. If we visit your current country what is the one thing we have to do and eat?
Ahh England- most known for their fish and chips. I personally am not a fan but do enjoy it every now and then. England has so much to offer that it’s hard to narrow down to specifics.
Two of my favorite spots are London and Wales. London is about 2 hours south on the train and Wales is a 5 hour drive up north from us.
I like both places because in London you get the city, delicious food (I love the Indian food there), nightlife and all the royal palaces and museums. In Wales, we were able to hike and enjoy the countryside and slow down a bit.
6. How are locals where you currently live? Is it easy to make friends?
The locals in Bury st Edmunds are so sweet. I have wonderful British neighbors who are always there if I need anything. I also love catching up with the locals at our farmers market each week! There are a lot of Americans who live in my town so I do hang with them for the most part. I moved over here without knowing a soul and have really made some lifelong friendships!
7. What is the hardest thing about having to move every 3 years?
The hardest thing is saying goodbye and never having a homebase. With my husbands job, we don’t get to pick where we live next. We get to put in our top options but those don’t always turn out in our favor.
Two of my best friends have moved back to the states within the past few months and that was really hard. You go from having your best friends live down the street (walking distance) one day then they move to the states and are miles away and the time difference sucks!!
The hardest thing is that we move back and are placed in all different states/parts of the world.
8. What’s your best advice for people considering moving abroad?
My best advice is do it! I don’t know if we’ll ever have this opportunity again and am so grateful for all our years here. I’ve seen and done more in the past two years than I have in my lifetime !