I am a world citizen: the reasons why millennials choose to travel over settling down

Your friends are very active in posting and sharing about their next travel destinations. Their inspirations in Europe or their adventure in Southeast Asia. It looks very inviting and made you think about your personal goals in life. What is really the reason of most millennials in creating their own path to discovery over settling down?

I was 24 when I first worked abroad. I stayed in Singapore and worked in hotel, 2 years later I quit my job as a manager to work full-time in my business. I decided to move to Indonesia where I met few people doing online job but mostly on their own startup projects.

When I started out on my personal journey it was a risk, I had few back up plans just in case my attempts will not succeed. Within the past 3 years I have met people gave up their corporate career for a one way ticket. Here are the reasons we share;

Living and Discovering Life’s Meaning

Getting married or having promotion at work is no longer the primary goal of millennials. We tend to hold it for a purpose of seeking new knowledge. University books are never enough for us but going to places and seeing how people live, laugh and breath is what we want. We are a generation who want to experience the world first-hand.

We try to avoid making commitments at home because we want to fully get the chance to integrate to the next country or society we will be living in. Finding a job is an option to support us while others chose to work online so they have the freedom to work at their working convenience.


Compared to the generations before us we have expanded our marketplace thus making us grow our ideas of doing a business. We think global and we love to compete in a bigger marketplace.

We are becoming more open minded and welcoming ideas from other entrepreneurs from other cultures. It excites us to do business with multi-cultural environment. Solving a small community problem is no longer the business of our generation but we are trying to make the world our consumers. We want to dominate a bigger marketplace and reach a bigger audience.

New Work Ethics

Living overseas or with diversity allows us to develop new work ethics. We are trying to cope up with the innovations in the internet in order to be part of its growing success. We are becoming multi-taskers who are needing flexibility in our tasks.

Millennials have different work ethics now than the previous generations. For us, it is less important to have a nine to five job and having the freedom to sustain our lifestyle is the new standards. Regardless of having or not having a real office to work.

For example, I do coaching for a marketing company. I consider Starbucks as my office to do trainings and meetings. I organize my own recognition and award program with my marketing team, sometimes our top seller incentive is a Royal Caribbean Cruising experience for a week. I communicate with my sales team through WhatsApp and at times I conduct trainings through Facebook Lives. We also have shared folder like a normal office but we use Box or Dropbox now.

I do not attend BNI groups or Rotary Club to network. But millennials join events organized through meetups.com or expat.com and even find new contacts through dating if not social media apps.

Easier To Find a Job or Business Partnership

The good thing with the millennials is the adaptability. They can easily adjust to new environment and they are driven to win and prove themselves. Though some are leaving the corporate world there are other millennials that are doing well in a new country that they are moving to.

It is easier for them to find a job or even business partnership bringing the knowledge and work experience they have from their home country. Once a millennial choose to work or stay in that country it is when he/she can tell that the self discovery is starting to be found.

Realizing that they do not need to search themselves but they have to create it and moving to places is where it becomes a possibility.

It’s Simple:
It’s easier than ever before with technology. We live in an age where it is possible to connect with people and companies around the world within seconds. The fear of moving abroad can be virtually eliminated by lining up a position ahead of time, communicating with fellow expats, and exploring where you plan to move; all while over your morning coffee.

Millennials may appear complicated but they are not. Yes they have so many ideas or maybe less focus as others judged them to be but they are not. Millennials are looking for an environment where they can practice their gift and be them without being judged.

They want to be understood and accepted. They believe that they have ideas but their ideas are sometimes questioned before it is heard. So they go somewhere people are more open-minded or with like-minded individual.

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