Yep, you read that right. I decided to take the plunge and move over 5,000 miles away to Italy.
And, I'll be an au pair.
Europe has been on my travel list for as long as I can remember, so taking this trip is definitely an adventure that I am ready to take. With that being said, I have received many questions about how I quit my job and made the decision to move to Italy.
Below are some of the common questions I have received.
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Why the sudden move?
I was working in a field that I was no longer happy with. I was slowly figuring out that it was not for me anymore, and in order to figure out what I want to do, I would need to move on to different things.
Moving to Italy might help me figure my life out, or it could even possibly make things a lot worse. Either way, I believe this is the right move for me, so I'm going to take it.
Are you financially prepared?
Sort of. I wasn't making nearly enough money at my current job to survive off of or save, so the fact that I am leaving is going to help tremendously. You're probably thinking, “That makes absolutely no sense!”
While I'm in Europe, I don't have to pay for anything. Nada. My phone, transportation, food, accommodations, etc., are being taken care of.
If I were to stay in America, I would have to continue paying a long list of things, but while I'm in Europe, I'm almost completely taken care of. (Besides my excursions around the country and surrounding countries, which are extremely cheap with RyanAir and the transportation system in Europe).
Since I am not staying in the states, I get to suspend my car insurance, phone bill, pay $0 for groceries, $0 for gas, and so on.
I also get a monthly stipend that will actually end up covering my travel expenses, which basically means I am living and traveling Europe at no cost.
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Can you become an au pair?
Most likely, yes! Your best chance of becoming an au pair is if you are under 30 years old, female, (yet we are moving into a more progressive era, which means males are becoming much more likely to find a family). – Read further on the bullet point below.
If you are an MTE (mother tongue English), your chances of picking a family are greatly expanded.
Above: Venice, Italy
If I'm a male, can I become an au pair?
Yes! You would be surprised by how many families on the AuPairWorld website that have had male au pairs.
Would I recommend this experience to others?
Well, I obviously don't know for a fact if I'll have a good experience or not.
My experience with the family could possibly end up being a complete doozy.
I am currently in the process of making an article on the ins and outs of becoming an au pair, how I found my family, and the steps you can take to ensure you're choosing the right family for your needs.
Au Pairs are in extremely high demand in Europe, as well as other places all over the world, such as Australia, Asia, and more. If you're a MTE (mother tongue English), you're pretty much set and you will likely have endless options on choosing a family.
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Are you scared?
Psh, obviously! I get asked this question on a regular basis, but luckily this is not my first time doing this. Living in Peru last summer prepared me tremendously for my trip to Italy.
In a sense, I already know what to expect. I imagine I'll get lost at some point, have an enormous amount of anxiety once I land, thinking, “WTF did I just get myself into?” Peru changed me.
I know a few people who think traveling is just a way to see places, but it's so much more than that.
You are experiencing the culture, traditions, food, way of life. You find out that what you see on TV or read in the media isn't at all true regarding the people.
I met some of the nicest, most genuine, caring people in Peru.
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Have you ever dropped everything and moved to another country? Which country would you like to one day live in?