Living abroad is a privilege not many get to experience - but those that do, realise just how beneficial it actually is. Whether you move to Europe, Asia, America, or any other areas, there’s a chance you’ll have an unforgettable experience. We’ve all heard of terms like reverse culture shock and other experiences that occur after you return back from your adventures abroad. So why does living abroad changes you so much?
You get challenged 24/7
There’s just something about taking that courage to move abroad in the first place. Stepping into the unknown and just accepting that whatever will happen will happen. Are you moving to a brand new country? Your day-to-day habits will get challenged. You’ll no longer be able to see your friends every single day and even regular things like ordering coffee become more complex. The complexity is only added if you’re moving to a country with a brand new language.
The challenges are often unpredictable - you just never know what will happen. But you have to go through it and you WILL go through it.
It brings a new perspective of the world
Living abroad brings a new perspective of yourself and the life around you. The change of pace and quality of life, depending on where you move, can equip you with brand new you. On top of that, you’re putting yourself into a brand new world - into the unknown. No matter what prejudice you had about that world before you moved, you’ll now gain a totally new perspective on the situation.
You learn new skills
Knowing multiple languages is an incredible addition to any CV and by living abroad, you’re able to practice those languages more than anyone else. It’s part of the challenge - you can always just stick to the language you know or, you can actually completely immerse yourself in the culture around you.
New people everywhere you go
Everyone has a story and an experience to share. By exposing yourself to a new location, you’re also exposing yourself to the people. They might not always be the people you expect them to be and you might not always get along, but it forces you to communicate in ways you never have before.
Gaining complete independence
Moving abroad by yourself brings complete independence. You learn how to deal with things by yourself. You’re forced to meet new people because “your” people are so far away. It’s something not many get to experience and it most definitely brings you out of your comfort zone and builds character.
Living abroad… there’s just something about it! Of course, none of these experiences will always be 100% positive - but isn’t that also a part of the experience?
“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.” – Hannah Arendt
For more articles like this one, check out: