During the past two years, Maya has built an active, fun-filled life in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She has a comfortable position at a university — but she’s decided it’s time to move on.

Lisbon has such a strong sense of identity. There so much history, street art, great restaurants. It’s like there’s an unwritten invitation from the city, “I am who I am, so just show up and be who you are.”

When Adalia’s two-year contract in Honduras didn’t work out as planned, she used it as an opportunity to choose her own adventure.

Leslie says moving to Hiroshima City meant having to relearn how to be a functioning adult all over again. At first, because she couldn’t read foods labels, she lived almost entirely on produce.