Most of my travel has actually come about by living abroad. The cultural insights gained through the act of living in another country — or slow travel — have allowed me to make stronger connections and distinctions throughout my writing.
If you’d like to learn more about living abroad, I’d suggest reading through some of the following:
Australia: I have been living in Australia since March 2009, but it wasn’t until late 2011 that I received my defacto partner visa. Prior to that, I acquired the work and holiday visa that allowed me to live in Australia for up to a year, and a BUNAC sponsored work visa that allowed me work and live for up to 4 months. I’ve also had both a tourist visa and a bridging visa in order to stick around until made permanent.
Working Abroad: Working overseas is a great way to be able to live somewhere for longer than you can travel. Several opportunities are available for that, from teaching English to becoming an Au Pair.
Teaching English Abroad: I’ve taught English in both Ukraine and Australia (to children in Korea via the Internet), and it is an extremely popular way that people experience living abroad. Read about my teaching English experiences.
Blogging for a Living: While I don’t recommend blogging as a means of making a living, it is a quickly changing field opening up more opportunities to those that are able to work for them. You can read about my struggles as a full-time blogger and see if it might be a means for you to get out and explore the world.
Learning Programs: Short stints learning a language or enrolled in a course have allowed me to live in one place for longer. I spent a month on an archaeological dig in Spain, and I’ve spent several sessions in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan trying to learn Russian.