‘Should I move abroad?’ It’s a question I hear often.
Wanting to explore more of the world, have more money in the bank, have days relaxing in the sun or even just witnessing the sun rise from a different angle…
There are a whole host of reasons to move to another country.
However, though there are lots of people who think about moving abroad, there are not many who actually make the dream a reality.
Many are set back by the task of essentially starting from scratch – but if you’re willing to take that first step, there are some wonderful benefits of moving abroad.
5 Reasons to Move Abroad
1. Build Your Character
As soon as you move abroad, you will be dealing with new challenges on a daily basis.
If you move abroad at a young age, these are likely challenges you never faced previously and when dealing with them in another country – it will be a real test of character.
Finding somewhere to live, making new friends and making your own decisions without having your friends or family to support you will all be tough tasks – especially if there is a slight language barrier too.
Nevertheless, when you make these decisions and are able to successfully do these things for yourself, you will become stronger than ever and you will be a lot better off for it!
Living abroad changes you and helps you grow as a person. If you are looking for reasons to move to another country, this is definitely number one!
2. Enhance Your CV
The current job market is as competitive as it has ever been. By saying that you have lived abroad, you can give yourself a big advantage over a lot of other people who may be applying for the same role.
You will be able to demonstrate that you’ve learned and developed additional life skills and if you’re applying for a role at a multi-national business that has offices around the world, being bi-lingual can be a necessity for the role.
3. Immerse Yourself in the Culture
By living in a new country, you will have the chance to immerse yourself completely in the culture.
You will essentially learn a new way of living and see how the different attitudes in the country define how people go by their day-to-day lives.
Yes, you can try to immerse yourself in a foreign culture when you visit a country, but that’s nothing like living in that country.
Having a daily routine, local colleagues, celebrating local holidays, sharing dinners with local friends… It will all help you understand how people with a completely different background live their lives. And that will broaden your horizon.
4. Truly Experience the Country
There is no doubt that going on vacation to another country is a lot of fun and will give you some great memories. However, one of the problems with this is that you are usually trying to cram everything the country or city has to offer into a few days or weeks.
When you move to another country, you are able to travel around slowly. You can spend numerous weekends visiting your favorite museum or taking day-trips to the beach or the mountains.
Plus, over time you will meet so many local people showing you sights you would have never seen as a tourist…
5. A Sense of Accomplishment
When you look back on the time you spent living abroad, you will be able to look back with fond memories and feel proud of the fact you were able to deal with the stress which came with moving to another country.
You’ll notice how much you have achieved in your new country: you have made new friends, found a good place to live and got to understand and adjust to a new culture…
You have grown as a person and that experience is incredibly valuable and truly unique!
So, to answer the question ‘Should I move abroad?’, I would say, if you get the opportuntity, do it! Even if it’s only for a few months, the experience will change you and will be an incredible memory forever!
What Is It Really Like to Move Abroad
Check out the Ask an Expat Series to read interviews with people who have moved to various places all over the world. They share their experiences and honest opinions about what living abroad is really like.
And, if you are already living abroad but are thinking about moving home, then read about the reverse culture shock.
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