Are you considering packing up your things and moving abroad? For some people, moving abroad has been a dream of theirs for many years… for other people, the thought of living somewhere out of their comfort zone terrifying. Depending on where you decide to move to, you may have to give up some of the luxuries you experience on a daily basis… for a lot of people, giving that up can be a huge culture shock.
If you indeed have made that life-changing decision to live abroad, then good for you! Leaving everything you know in exchange to live somewhere and start a brand new life is a huge deal and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Now, I could sit here and tell you all the great things about living abroad but I couldn’t tell you all the great things without telling you the questionable aspects of it as well.
The decision to move overseas would be completely up to you, so we’re going to discuss the pros and cons of living abroad. Knowing the good parts and the bad parts of moving abroad are what is going to help you make your final decision and will make your life easier.
Pros: On the One Hand…
Living Abroad is an Exciting Adventure
The fact that you’re moving to a different country is an adventure all in itself. You can do all the research in the world but you won’t truly know what to expect until you actually move there and experience life in that new place. This aspect is a great way to look at living abroad when your life has become monotonous, with your everyday routines. In fact, Psychology Today states that traveling abroad can have an effect on your personality, making you more willing to try new things and be more open to new experiences.
Another aspect of the adventures of moving abroad is that you find a new way of doing things and find that entertainment doesn’t always have to come from the digital world… you will soon find that you can find a lot of enjoyment in what nature brings you… People who have moved abroad have found that life is much easier.
You Get to Meet New People
When you move to a different country, it can completely take you out of your comfort zone because you don’t know anyone there. On top of that, it’s a completely different culture and there is a high chance that you will experience a language barrier. But that’s okay… all of that comes with living abroad. The longer you live abroad the more you’ll get accustomed to the cultures there and pick up the language… that’s all part of the adventure!
It’s the Perfect Opportunity to Become an Entrepreneur
How many times have you heard people complain about their Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job? All the time! Moving abroad is the perfect opportunity to work for yourself by way of e-commerce. The great thing about starting your own e-commerce store is that you can work from anywhere! Whether you’re in the U.S. or in China, you can still run your business from anywhere and at any time!
Maybe you made friends with some of the locals and they taught you a few trades… You can actually profit from those trades you learned. If you learned how to make handmade, woven blankets, you can easily sell those on your website. The key thing here is to make the pieces you’re selling unique. People love buying items that no one else will have.
Cons: On the Other Hand…
You’ll Be Far Away From Friends and Family
Being away from friends and family is one of the hardest parts of moving abroad. Yes, you will be going on a new and exciting adventure and you’ll be meeting new people but some people feel like where’s the fun in it when you can’t share the experience with the ones you love. Luckily, the advancements in technology have made it much easier to stay in contact with friends and family now than ever before, regardless of the distance.
It used to be a point in time where the only way you could keep in contact with your loved ones was by way of “snail mail” and telephones (depending on if you had access to one). Today, you have social media, email, and Skype to keep in touch with your loved ones. These new ways to stay connected allow you to keep that close connection regardless of how many miles apart you may be. You, of course, want to always encourage them to visit you too!
It Can Be Hard to Get Settled In
Culture shock is a real thing. We mentioned earlier how moving to a new country allows you to met new people and shows you a different way of life… well, those aspects are wonderful learning opportunities for some people but for others, it can be quite overwhelming. It really depends on how well you adapt to change.
Getting used to the culture and the language can be a hard and sometimes frustrating challenge. You’d already be feeling out of place because you don’t know anyone there but feeling like you have no one to talk to because you don’t understand their language and they don’t understand yours, can definitely make even the most traveled people feel out of place sometimes.
What’s Your Decision?
So when you do make the decision to move abroad, make sure you and anyone else moving with you, do research on the country and at least learn the common words like “hello” and “thank you” to help you while you’re learning. There are translator apps on phones now and you can always grab a few books on learning the language of the country you’re going to.
Getting adjusted to your new home isn’t going to be something that will happen overnight but it will come with time… the question is, do you have the patience to wait it out?