Petite Adventures is a space for me to share my life abroad – whether that’s navigating the expat life in Madrid or Leeds, or exploring and experiencing a different place while travelling.
Every so often I like to hand the mic over to someone else who’s chosen a life abroad, to share their perspective, their experiences, their likes and dislikes of living in a different land. Today, I’m passing the mic over to Megan Thudium, an American with experiences living in New Zealand and Germany.
Tell me about yourself.
I am a creative and enthusiastic young woman making it my goal to fill my life with experiences. Originally from the United States, I call whatever country I’m exploring (and that I fall in love with) home. A few that has caught my wanderlust fancy, include Austria, New Zealand and Germany. Between discovering colorful landscapes, new cultures and countries, I work in marketing to financially keep my wanderlust afloat and study for my Master in Leadership & Management.
Tell me about your living abroad experience(s).
Living abroad is one of the most eye-opening and enlightening travel experiences that I have had. When you commit yourself to a country, you are no longer a tourist. You learn the local hotspots, make foreign friends and grow your understanding of the world. My first living abroad experience was New Zealand. My only regret is I didn’t stay long enough. Now in three months, I jet to Berlin to begin a (hopefully) long expat experience, completing my master studies and working in local start-ups.
What attracted you to the idea of living abroad?
This might sound silly. I was attracted to living abroad, because I thought I could do it. It was a great challenge, that brought with it new experiences, learning opportunities and personal discovery. I follow many travel bloggers online. I said to myself “I can do that” enough times, that I decided to make it happen. That is when I quit my job, and left for New Zealand.
Why did you decide on that city/country?
Berlin is my next expat experience. Berlin is a vibrant city, full of international cultures and people, job opportunities, travel opportunities and more. Before I set foot in Berlin, I didn’t think I would like it. A big city, me, never! Berlin is so much more. Germany provides excellent opportunities for young people, through a good job market, visa opportunities and living opportunities. My university is in Berlin, which is why I will make this city my home.
What is the best part of living there?
Food. I am in love with food. Berlin offers so many new food taste pleasures. From Vietnamese to American cuisine, this is the perfect place to satisfy your taste pallet.
What is one thing you’d change?
Ask me in one year.
Best food and where can we find it?
Best food? I am still discovering the food in Berlin, because it is so fantastic. We also have many different types. Best brunch place: House of Small Wonder. Best coffee atmosphere: Café Hermann Eicke. I could go on, but an entire blog post could be dedicated to this.
What do you wish you’d known before you moved abroad?
I wish I could’ve anticipated how much I would fall in love with traveling and living abroad. If I had, I might have enjoyed my time in the states more with friends and family. I am not planning on coming back anytime soon.
Is there anything you miss from home?
Peanut butter! I know that’s crazy, but I am in love with peanut butter. Europe just doesn’t do peanut butter well (or that I have seen). American peanut butter has an excess amount of sugar, but that’s the way I like it. Peanut butter and jelly. Peanut butter and celery. Peanut butter and pancakes. Yum!
What is the one piece of advice you’d share with someone interested in moving/living abroad?
Know that you are not alone. The Internet is a phenomenal resource of people making their way around the world, traveling and living abroad. If you have questions, ask them. You are not alone. The travel community is vast, but approachable. There are several people eager to help you follow your travel dreams (like me!).
“Explore the world with an open mind, a sturdy carry-on, & clothes that don’t wrinkle.” – Madeleine Albright.
This is pretty much my travel bible.
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