Below is a post I first wrote in November 2009. (Whew, how time flies!) I figure it might help a few others with the same questions I had back then.
If you’re thinking about starting over completely new, you may wonder “How long it will take?”
Fair question – and here’s my answer: 3 months. Three months is all it takes to drastically change your life, self and all that’s around you. And that’s assuming you have a house, job, perhaps even family as we did. Even as “settled” as we were, it was just 3 months from wondering about getting work overseas to all moved and working overseas.
23 April Initial inquiry about a couple jobs
03 April Telephone interview w/manager
02 May Face-to-face interview in Prague
05 May Offer tendered and accepted, to start 3 July
26 May Wife’s last day of work
31 May House on market; luckily sold soon from real estate boom
21 June House sale ‘closed’
5-11 June Jeff & friend went apartment shopping in Prague
30 June Jeff leaves for Prague
3 July Jeff starts first day at work
We moved to Prague, Czech Republic in July 2006. On July 3rd, 2006, I started my first day at work at a new job. It was Only 3 Months Before, I was thinking “Our life needs some adventure – I wonder how I should look for something new?”
It didn’t take me long and we got what we asked for.
I’ve documented this whole thing in a detailed, step-by-step process. If you are interested, think about the “Gone In One Year” (here‘s a link).