I get what you mean, and sometimes I do have that thought, but I have an amazing life waiting for me back in Seoul and it’s kind of hard to just let that go, you know? I have some of my best friends there, I have the transportation system down, I have my favorite spots and shops, I know the language, there are career opportunities for me there… It’s like a pre-assembled epic life in a foreign country, just waiting for me to reclaim it.
If I go to a new country, I won’t have any friends, I won’t know how to get around, or order in a restaurant, or how to find a decent apartment… Since I haven’t even visited before, I’d be going in totally blind. And there’s something thrilling about the prospect, yeah, but there’s no guarantee whatsoever that I’d be happy with my life there. So to me, the best option seems to be: live a comfy, happy life in Korea, and spend my money traveling to as many different countries as I can, with Seoul as my home base to come back to.
But yes, sometimes I do seriously think about spending a year in a country other than Korea, chase adventure and all that, but I think that can only happen if I learn the language first — at least enough to hold a basic conversation. I really don’t think I could ever live in another country without being able to speak the language.