Friends from home often say they envy the lifestyle I’m living and they wish they had the same opportunities I have been given. You do! I’m not special. I don’t have some fancy education or trust fund that allows me to live this way. I get by through hard work and believing in myself. Maybe you find yourself held back by fear or something else, but I’m here to tell you that you should….you MUST move abroad for at least a year if you have the opportunity. Here are some great reasons to live abroad….
1.Meet Fab People
It is so refreshing to move to another country and discover that you’re beliefs, habits, and way of thinking are vastly different from other people, but we are all the same at our core. These differences can end in some amazing friendships.
I’ve made some great friends abroad that I can not imagine life without. I can now easily travel through Europe or the US without ever having to pay for a hotel because I always have a friend somewhere.
I was at a small party once in Germany with two other Americans, one British guy, one guy from South Africa, two Germans, a guy from Iran, a girl from Kenya and a girl from China. It was really interesting to see how all these cultures mixed seamlessly together.
Plus, these friends are bound to come visit you as well. Now that I’m living in Costa Rica I’m expecting the amount of visitors I get to skyrocket. Everyone wants to come visit me here! Tons of visitors is a great reason to live abroad!
2. Learn A New Language
So, you know how hard it is to learn a language in school? Well, if you are actually immersed in the language it becomes so much easier. You will pick up words through daily life and before long you will be speaking like a pro (hopefully).
After living in Germany for four years it’s safe to say my German is scheisse, but that’s totally my fault. Despite me being pretty bad at learning German I try to think of it this way, my German is better than it would have been if I never left The US.
I can understand most spoken German and can read the language pretty well. My speaking is not so good, but that’s because I’m shy when it comes to languages.
Now in Costa Rica I realize I remember so much more Spanish from school than I thought. I’m picking it up really fast and I’m super excited about it. I mean, what a cool skill to have to understand three languages!
Learning other languages also opens up more job opportunities. I have a friend in Germany that despite not studying translating is able to make a really good living as a translator because she learned German so well while living in Germany. That could be you!
3. Become Stronger
I’m not trying to scare you, but moving abroad is hard work…like really hard work. I know I say you should live abroad at least once in your life, and I’m sticking by that belief, BUT it is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
I’ve learned so much about myself over these past four years. I had to learn about insurance, residency permits, apartment contracts, banking etc. in a country I knew nothing about. It wasn’t easy, but I’m totally proud of myself for accomplishing it all.
Think about how good it will feel to have a dream of moving to another country and actually fulfilling that dream. Amazingness! Sometimes that dream doesn’t work out, and that’s OK too. At least you gained some awesome life experience!
From living abroad my perspective on life has completely changed. When I finished college I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I wasn’t interested in working a 9 to 5 job for the rest of my life, as most of my peers ended up doing.
Living abroad has helped me realize exactly what I want from my life…well not exactly what I want, but I know for a fact that I love the lifestyle I’m living. I have learned I can live minimally and experience life maximally.
I really want you to discover the same amazing lifestyle I’m fortunate enough to be living. Moving abroad will mess up your life, in a good way.
5. Learn To Live Minimally
I moved to Germany with two suitcases. I moved to Costa Rica with one (I didn’t have to take up space with heavy coats and boots like I needed for Germany). Let me tell you, it is so refreshing to know that all your belongings can be easily packed up and moved as needed.
I think a lot of people get held back from moving because of all the stuff they have. It’s hard to sell everything, but once you do it’s so freeing!
Also, if you love to shop you’ll find yourself being a little more conservative with what you buy because whatever you buy will have to be carried on to whatever country you move on to next.
What other reasons to live abroad would you add to this list?
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