About a year ago Jordan and I started throwing around the idea of moving to New Zealand to explore the beautiful country and gain work experience abroad. For Jordan, the subliminal messages started early with a poster of New Zealand’s famous Milford Sound mountains above his bed. Despite no one remembering where the poster actually came from, it had a significant impact on Jordan and his desire to someday see the mountains in person himself. About 5 years ago the childhood dream began to surface with the purchase of a “Living abroad in New Zealand” travel book. Little did he know a few years later, that book would come in handy!
|Taylor (brother) and Jordan circa 1990 – Note the New Zealand poster (top right)|
For me, I first learned about New Zealand when my cousin, Antony, moved his family there about 15 years ago. The adventure and beauty always interested me and has been at the top of my list of places to see for years. About 3 years ago I started researching tours of New Zealand in hopes I would make it there for a visit, however, as usual, life gets in the way, days fly off the calendar and before you know it another year has gone by.
As we began to contemplate the idea of moving there, we began researching the country and the opportunities available. Once we saw the 100% New Zealand propaganda video we were hooked. Boasting it as the ‘Youngest Country on Earth’ with scenes of surfing, paragliding, white water rafting and the beautiful landscape, the video tapped in to our vulnerability for adventure and made us want to experience it for ourselves. Over the last few months whenever we doubted our decision, watching this video reaffirmed our choice.
Since both of us are ~30 years old (I can’t believe I just rounded myself up), we felt that having just finished our MBAs, this was the time to take the plunge and uproot our lives before we start a family and life gets more complicated. I regretted not taking an international co-op, instead jumping right into work after my undergrad. I won’t make the same mistake again. If we were ever going to do this – now is the time. We had initially made a pact that we would only make the move if we both secured jobs before leaving. A few months into the planning that quickly turn to ‘at least one of us has to have a job’. Eventually we threw all caution to the wind and decided we would never have everything line up perfectly, therefore accepted the fact that we would most likely quit perfectly good jobs with no security on the other side. After months of planning, securing work visas, selling 2 properties, 2 cars and quitting our jobs, we are just about ready to move our life to New Zealand – with a one way ticket in our hands. I am excited for the adventure and the opportunity to gain work experience with a new company, in a new culture, on the other side of the world. Over the past few months we have documented the process to relocate to New Zealand in hopes of inspiring others to have the courage to take a leap of faith and make their dreams come true too. We will be posting pictures and videos of our adventures and sharing our trials and tribulations as we experience the Kiwi life!
Check out Episode 1: Introduction