Looking Back On Our Two Years Living Abroad.

Two years ago we boarded a plane from Vancouver to England not knowing what our ultimate plan was. We knew that we wanted to do a little bit of travelling in Europe, but we also knew we wanted to live the 'English' life.

Here we are on top of the Library of Birmingham when we first arrived.
Birmingham, England (April, 2015)
And here we are close to the end of our time living in Birmingham.
Birmingham, England (February, 2017)

What we didn't realise was how much this journey of a lifetime was going to change us. (Or how much Birmingham would change!) Two years went by so fast but it also feels like we've lived there longer than two years, in a good way.

We thought this blog would be a way to share our memories back home. What we didn't know was that our blog would become our purpose. A place to share our stories became the source of motivation to get out and create more stories to be told. Let's be honest, you can't write a travel blog without travelling. We slowly dipped our toes into the unknown and now we crave the rush and jump in with both feet.

In two years we have been to 19 different countries. We have slept in 61 different beds and have been on 23 air planes. 

We have had 7 different currencies at one time. We have backpacked across central Europe, Cruised the Mediterranean, Iberian Peninsula, and Scandinavia. We have road tripped around Scotland, took numerous weekend trips, Quit our jobs because it conflicted with a trip.

Made some really good friends, also lost some of them, One of us got a tick in the Lake District, we moved flats in Birmingham, spoke at a conference about vegan travel and talked at a vegan festival as well,

Had our moments of home sickness, Learned how to pack for a two week adventure with only a backpack each. (AND STILL ENDED UP PACKING TOO MUCH)

Our first year we posted all the photos we took and we barely wrote anything about them. We've looked back on what we've done and made some adjustments.

We focused our energy into making our blog better. We started a YouTube channel to go along with the blog as well. Our writing, photography, filming and editing have all improved greatly since we first started. We think that we have most improved on our editing skills and knowing what to cut out.

The skills that we've picked up from writing this blog are valuable to us. I think back in Canada we were both addicted to going to school. We were always taking classes about something. This is because we like learning and experiencing new things. Now we are just learning while doing. And to us, this is a much better experience. We will continue to travel to our hearts content and learn about this world we all live in.

What We Learned in Our First Year Living Abroad pretty much sums up what we learned by moving abroad. Living in another country is a fantastic experience, and if we get the chance to do it again we will.

To finish off, here is a video of our selfies from our adventures in the last two years:

Do you think you would move abroad for two years if you had the opportunity?

Comments

  1. Isn't it funny how you know that moving to a new country will change you, but you never quite know how or by how much? Congratulations on your two years!

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    1. Its a bit overwhelming when you go back though! Thank you for your congratulations.

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  2. So where was your favourite place??

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    1. Just being in England wad great. We also really enjoyed our Scotland Roadtrip and Prague.

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  3. That sounds amazing anf so adventurous. I love this idea. I lived in Korea and agree that it goes by so fast but feels like forever in the same way. So glad you got to do this and speak at a vegan conference no less!!! Sounds amazing.

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    1. It was a pretty amazing experience. It all feels like a dream now.

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  4. Living abroad is amazing, you can experiment different situations and learn lots from them. In 2 years you have been to 19 different countries WOW
    Where did you eat the most delicious foods?

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    1. Hard to say but London and Berlin had the most variety.

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  5. That sounds very exciting! We're planning to something a little like that in a few years, but we're going to live 6 month abroad and 6 months home, indefinitely! It must be great to really settle in and experience different cultures.

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  6. Congratulations, you two! Living abroad can be quite tough (I know, I've been living abroad for more than 6 yrs now) so it's an achievement to reach milestones like this! Hope you had a great time celebrating! :)

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  7. We had an opportunity to move to England as well and we lived there for a year and traveled to 10 countries when we lived there! Its indeed an awesome thing to do!! Awesome that you went to 19 countries!!! Wow!!!

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  8. Pretty cool to read back and to see how much things you actually did in just two years! It's pretty impressive! At the moment we are in Australia for a year and after that we will travel for a long time. So yeah, I would definitely move abroad ;).

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  9. Traveling change certain things about you, but moving abroad changes almost everything about you. I look back at my blog in 2009 when I started in Germany and I've changed so much, my writing has changed even more and what has become important to me is not even on the same wavelength. Good luck with your next adventure.

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    1. That's cool you're able to see the change. Thanks.

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  10. Now that is how you live abroad! Amazing. Sounds like you have had the most incredible time!

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  11. Congrats on the 2 year milestone! I wouldn't ever want to leave Vancouver to live abroad so I'll have to live vicariously through people like you :) And I feel ya on traveling with only a backpack and STILL packing too much haha. Happens all the time!

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  12. Great reflecting on lessons learned during what I'm sure has been an amazing adventure. Having done this now, would you jump at the chance to do it again ... perhaps in a different region of the world?

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  13. It's a motivating documentation and thank you so much for writing this. Two years is not a short time and finding yourselves in another country is not an easy task. But you have gracefully lived this times and have turned it out as a fruitful travelling experience along with other commitments. All the best and perhaps you will do it again some where else in an even better and bigger way. Yay!!! :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. We hope to find ourselves abroad again soon!

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  14. the video is great!!! but you haven't been in Paris?!

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    1. No, every time we wanted to go there it was too expensive.

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