5 Signs That It’s Time To Leave Korea


1. You’re Just Not As Happy Anymore
So you’ve lived in Korea for a year, maybe six or even ten. You look back on what you’ve accomplished in your time and feel proud and happy to have experienced them. But then you take a look at your current emotional condition and realise that being here just doesn’t make you happy anymore. The things that used to, no longer bring you joy and you don’t think that they ever will again.

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2. You Go To All The Same Places
So you find yourself visiting the same shops, bars, districts and events but wonder why you still go to them even though they aren’t fun anymore. It can be hard breaking old habits but sometimes it’s necessary. If you don’t want to leave Korea and this is a problem you’re facing then maybe you should look into new events, new areas and just new things to do in general. Some change can breed a lot of difference in a person’s life, be it people or places. Maybe you just need that change.

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3. You’ve Lost Motivation In Life
Motivation is a powerful tool and once lost can spark a downward spiral of unproductiveness. It can be the motivation to get out of bed on the weekends or the motivation to build a career, a family or even working out. Whatever it is, you need to it back if you’re going to want to continue this journey. I find that watching people who inspire me or reading an amazing book motivates me to want more from life. It gives me the motivation to get up in the morning and think of how I can better my world.

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4. Job Satisfaction Is At An All Time Low
This can be a tricky one. At one point in everyone’s life they are going to find that they are not satisfied with their work, career or however they bring in the bacon. That is perfectly normal and human. However, if you find that there are endless downs and very few ups with your job then maybe it’s not the right one for you. In all honesty your working life is usually a choice. Some people choose to do a job they’re good at but hate in order to build a life for themselves and their family. It’s a sacrifice that has to be made in some cases if that’s what you desire. But in other cases people stay in jobs they no longer enjoy out of comfort and stability. This can happen sometimes when teaching in Korea. If you’re bored and unsatisfied but want to stay then looking for a new position might be in order.

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5. The Idea Of Moving Excites You Beyond Belief
A new opportunity has popped up for you to move to another country and your first instinct is “Hell yeah!” This isn’t necessarily a surefire sign as you need to think it over, weigh up the pros and cons. But it tells you something about yourself. It shows that deep down you’ve been wanting to embark on a new adventure but haven’t yet admitted it. Be honest with yourself. No one is going to live your life but you. You can choose to live life to the fullest or let fear paralyse you. Which will it be?

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My Choice
I’ve decided that it’s time for me to move on. I have loved my life in Korea but every journey must come to an end. This year I decided that it would be my last year teaching in Korea. It has been an invaluable experience that has helped me shape who I am now. I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved and all the people I met along the way. But for me, continuing to love Korea is more important; sometimes you have to leave something in order to protect it. I don’t want to grow to dislike this country that has been so good to me, as I’m sure I would over time. I will be back in Korea one day for some reason or another. Of that I’m sure. But for now it’s time for a new journey.

Where To Now
I’m going to be travelling around Canada this August and I will be documenting and blogging that experience. I plan to stay in Vancouver for awhile after that too. I’m so excited to be going somewhere new and seeing new things! I’ll most definitely miss Korea because without it I would not have found what I have now.

New Chapter
I’m creating a new channel as I’ll be leaving Seoul and it only seems right. But Smiling Seoul will still be up and running and I’ll continue making videos, vlogging and posting on this blog.

I guess this blog post is for those of you struggling with the decision. I hope it helps you make the one that’s right for you. Be it staying in this awesome funfilled country or journeying to a new unknown!

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Author: Smiling Seoul

A British YouTuber who loves & lived in Korea then moved to Canada yet still craves the rush of travelling the world.

7 Responses to "5 Signs That It’s Time To Leave Korea"

  1. Jo Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Yay Canada! I don’t work for them or anything (I swear!) but if u don’t have a place to stay in the Toronto area when you visit, you could try Planet Traveler. It’s cheap but also really nice and clean too. Have fun on your journey.

    P.S. Your videos are super entertaining 🙂

  2. Robert House Posted on June 30, 2014 at 2:33 AM

    It’s called maturity.Time to move from being a child then a young girl and then finally into a WOMEN.GOD bless you on your next step in life.Ive been in your shoes but it was when I was in the military way way back then when I lived in Uijongbu for several years and they are great memories both of places and people . I’ve enjoyed your channel for some reason, I guess it’s a sort of reflection of my youthful times.Say hello to Kyle.ANYONG

  3. Megan Votour Posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:31 AM

    This is an excellent article. I would like to welcome you in advance to my home coun

    • Megan Votour Posted on June 30, 2014 at 3:36 AM

      *country (sorry hit the wrong button half way through my comment) of Canada. I am in Atlantic Canada so if you are visiting New Brunswick, PEI or Nova Scotia (the don’t know it as well as the other two but I still no of some fun things) at any point and need activity suggestions I can throw some suggestions your way.

  4. Johnny philomen (female) Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    I completely understand what you mean. I have watched ur channel from the first few months u got to Korea and I have seen you grow and change over the past three years…and am so happy to have gone on that journey with you through your videos coz u were experiencing things i’ve always wanted to experience but haven’t had chance to yet until I finish med school . But I also get what u mean about having to let go of something in order to protect it especially concerning Korea , kpop and my 5 year “obsession” with everything asia. So I can wait to see what adventures you take on next in Canada….:D…xxx

  5. NyNy Posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I haven’t followed you long but I love your perspective of Korea. Moving on is probably best but I can’t wait to read about your adventures in Canada soon 🙂

  6. Tom Gates Posted on August 16, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    This is such an excellent article. Spot on on so many levels with things I have also been wrestling with in my own life. I hope for the best for you.

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