ok, Well there is hope! I left Toronto about 3 years ago for the same reasons and now I'm Maintenance Manager at a lovely private resort in the Carib.... andI've never looked back! I can't give you a job but hopefully I can give you some encouragement. Don't plan on any one country at first... find something that will take you from country to country. Cruise ships are a good way to get started and you can learn a lot about things like taxes and leaving your Canadian residence status/ohip behind. You can work on a US ship if it isn't in the US. Similarly, you can work on any foreign ship while it's in the US. It's a legal ballet that you can use. Get a talent. A chef is invaluable (and well paid)on yachts/ships/rich *******'homes. Bartenders are always needed on cruise ships. If you can swing a wrench there's a shortage of mechanical talent (that's how I got here!) But whatever it is, you have to be able to get through the interview. Certifications, references, experience. The biggest secret is this: Do what you love and promote it.Do a web search for cruise ship crew. There are hiring agencies for these jobs, you just don't know where to look - yet. I've included one to get you started.It really is possible. Keep trying. Keep looking. Keep it in the back of your mind always and one day you'll find a niche that fits you. I spent 10 years dreaming then a break - I met a guy online looking for a volunteer to help deliver a sailboat. The rest just fell into place.And one last tip: be ready to make a leap of faith on a moment's notice. Having no dependants is invaluable. Having friends who encourage you is even more so. Bills, mortgages, child support are all great excuses to prevent you from leaving your rut. You're crazy for thinking you can do it and I wish you all the luck in the world! But once you make it, do me one little favour: ecourage others whenever you see that spark in their eyes....A.