My name’s John O’Sullivan, and two years ago I decided to uproot myself from my native Minnesota to move abroad. Armed with my own personal get-out-of-visa free pass (dual citizenship with Ireland), I quit my job at a Minneapolis newspaper and returned to Galway, Ireland, a place I’d briefly lived while studying abroad in 2006. I wasn’t sure how long I wanted to live abroad or what I wanted to do, I only knew that I wanted an adventure. I never would’ve guessed that the adventure would lead to an entirely new country, a job at a hostel, as a bartender, a gig as a television producer, and an opportunity to travel Europe (and get paid for it). Nearly two years after my move abroad, I’m still not totally sure what job I’ll have in six months, much less on which continent I’ll be residing. But I’ll keep shooting videos and writing about it along the way. You can find me on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
If that’s not enough for you, here’s a chronological timeline of my time spent abroad:
Autumn 2006 I spend four months studying abroad in Spiddal, Ireland; fall in love.
Spring 2007 I discover that I can apply for dual citizenship with Ireland since my grandfather was born there. I begin the application process.
May 2008 I graduate from college, enter the workforce as a video editor intern at a Minneapolis ad agency. I wonder when my citizenship will arrive
April 2009 I start work as a contract worker for the major Minneapolis paper, still waiting for my citizenship.
August 2009 I receive my Irish Certificate of Foreign Births.
November 2009 I finally get the nerve to quit my job, break my lease and move to Galway, Ireland with not enough money in my pocket and no job to speak of. I launch a blog, johnfosullivan.com to share my journey.
December 2009 After a long month of unemployment and coming within weeks of needing to move home, I finally score a job as a stock room manager at a retail shop. Not glamorous, but it pays the bills.
April 2010 Tired of working retail, I mentally consider moving home while using a week of accrued holiday traveling Wales. While staying at a hostel in Cardiff, I ask for a job, get said job, take it and never look back.
September 2010 I meet a Welsh TV producer who asks me to help produce a pilot he’s working on. I finally getting back into what I’m trained in professionally. I relaunch johnfosullivan.com under the much more appropriately-named TwoPassports.com.
February 2011 I’m offered a job leading bus fulls of tourists across Europe for six months. An offer too good to turn down, I put in my notice at the hostel, plan a trip home to Minnesota, and begin to prepare for six months living on the open road. In March, I begin traveling Europe.