Wanting to explore more areas 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 why someone would want to move abroad.
However, though there are lots of people who think about doing it, 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.
1. Build Your Character
As soon as you move abroad, you will be dealing with new challenges on a daily basis. If moving at a young age, these are likely to be challenges you never would have 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, your character will become stronger than ever and you will be a lot better off for it!
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 learnt and developed additional life skills and if you’re applying for a role at a multi-national business which 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. Whether it’s the siesta in Spain or the Sunday Roast in the UK, you will be able to partake in these cultural norms.
4. Truly Experience The Country
There is no doubting 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 1 or 2 weeks. By living in the country, you are able to travel around slowly and can spend numerous weekends visiting your favorite museum or taking a day-trip to the beach. Plus, over time you will meet so many local people showing you sights you would have never see as a tourist…
5. A Sense of Accomplishment
When you look back on the time you spent in another country, you will be able to look back with fond memories and feel proud about the fact you were able to deal with the stress which came with moving to another country.
You will 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!
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.
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