Leaving on a one way flight: Tips

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It's been over 4 months now since I left Dublin airport on a one way flight and I still to this day can't believe I actually did it. It's one of those things that I, like so many, always dreamt of doing, spoke of doing and never actually knew if it would ever happen. 

Me and Colin had both finished University and hadn't got jobs with our degrees yet. We had absolutely no commitments at home and we knew if we didn't do it at that time then we might never do it. It's 100% the scariest thing I have ever done and yet as I sit here in Melbourne I have absolutely no regrets. 

If you are thinking of doing it I've put together a few tips. I  have so many more and if you are interested in these type of posts let me know and I will definitely put together a few more of them to help you with the move!

Get it booked - 
Seems like the obvious one but if you want to go don't think about it too much or you'll never do it. I know a lot of people like to book it a year or so in advance and spend the whole year planning and preparing, which seems like the wise thing to do... Me and Colin literally booked our first flight to Bangkok 4 months before we went because we knew if we didn't just go for it then we might never! Just ask yourself if not now then when?

Ask questions - 
Before we left I literally wanted to speak to everyone I knew that had done it. I wanted to know absolutely everything. I always worried I was annoying everyone with so many questions but anyone that has been before knows how it feels and has been where you are now so they will always understand. I always felt so much better speaking with someone who had done it before and it always made me feel like it was so much more doable. 

Save every penny and pound you have -
Again this is an obvious one and my mum is going to die when she reads this tip because it's one I certainly did not listen to enough. You don't have to sit in right until you go, just come up with alternatives than nights out and expensive dinners. I honestly don't think me and Colin went on one date for the few months before we went (mum actually asked me if we were still together and what if we got away and found we had nothing to talk about..) but because we knew we would be travelling and living together it made it a lot easier and we knew we were doing the right thing in saving. I would also go easy on ordering clothes and things for going, once you do a good wardrobe clear out before leaving you will probably realise you have so much already.

You're family and friends will still be there -
I'm lucky in the fact that my family is close but it made it so much harder to leave. I have a niece and nephew that I'm obsessed with and the night before the flight I was set on not going because I didn't want to leave them. I'm so lucky that my mum was so encouraging about going which made it so much easier. Time will fly in and family and friends will still be just as you left them. Take this chance to be selfish and do what you want to and need to in life.

Be proud and get excited -
I'm honestly so proud of myself for doing this. I have friends at home that have said to me they don't know how I've done this and they could never do it. It's not for everyone and that's ok, it's a massive thing to do and if you are doing it - be proud of yourself. It's the scariest thing and it's honestly hard at times but when you go outside on your own and look around the new country that your in, wherever it may be, the feeling is so worth it. 


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