What are you looking for in life? Have you found it? Or is the modern North American world just leaving you a little empty?
Maybe you're just seeking an escape from the 9 to 5. Maybe that travel bug which you were supposed to lose in your 20s never quite went away. Maybe you are just are just not fitting into modern American society. Maybe you want to return to your ethnic roots. Maybe you need to pack up and try living overseas for a bit.
If you're a North American, there's a good chance that your great-grandparents faced a similar situation at the beginning of the last century. Do I stay here in the Europe I know, even though I'm not quite fulfilled? Or move into a brave, uncertain new world? Most of the immigrants into Canada and the US never looked back - and never regretted their decision.
Today, there's a small but growing emigration wave the other way around: from North America back to not only Europe, but to every continent. The advantages of cheap, easy travel -- coupled with the ability of using the internet for work, for play, and for information-gathering -- has made the modern migration wave possible for more and more people in every walk of life.
Perhaps you write or blog for a living. There's no reason that you can't pack up your laptop and do what you do from any ethernet plug in any country in the world.
Perhaps you're a restaurant worker. Have you seen the massive tips that the Scottish bartender at that new tavern in town gets? You could be that emigre, in Glasgow, in Melbourne, in Johannesburg. Diners love waitpeople with an accent and a story to tell -- and tip accordingly. You may just think of yourself as an average girl from Nashville, but to a diner in Berlin, you are exotic and extraordinary.
There are plenty of fantastic teachers in America who are bogged down by state testing mandates and uninspiring curricula who would thrive as an English teacher in Japan or Korea -- and because most are immersion classes, you don't even need to speak a word of Japanese or Korean to start.
But no matter what your profession, if you're resourceful and flexible and can sell yourself, you can create yourself a job while living almost anywhere you choose. Your great-grandfather did it, after all, didn't he?
But it doesn't have to be about work, of course. Maybe you're freshly retired but still in decent health. Are you going to just wait around home until you die? Or are you finally going to do what you've wanted to do your whole life -- get out there and see the world!
Perhaps you've just inherited and sold your parents house, or cashed in your stock options, or just have a small stash of money lying about. Lucky you. Now's your chance to pack up and move to a place where you always wanted to go. Live off your savings -- that's what it's there for!
More and more people are realizing that modern frenetic North American life doesn't hold the same answers it did a generation ago. Community has disappeared. Friendships have turned fleeting and virtual, Many say there's something lacking in modern America. Some want to escape the incessant commercialism. Some can't handle how conservative the country has become. Some can't deal with how liberal things are. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to try out a new life overseas. It might not work out, and you may end up moving back. But you'll never know unless you try it -- it's easier, safer, and cheaper than it ever has been. You can do it!