The best things about moving abroad
The first time I moved abroad, I was terrified. I told myself over and over again that I had made a huge mistake. All of a sudden, I just wanted to stay at home. I think many people who are moving abroad for the very first time might struggle a bit in the beginning. It is, after all, a huge change in your life. You’re not going to see your family or friends for a while, you won’t recognize the streets, you won’t know where you can find the best restaurants, etc. It’s a whirlwind the first time you move abroad, but it’s also one of the best experiences that you can have in life. Let’s see why.
It makes you develop more as a person
When we step outside of our comfort zone, we’re going to grow immensely as people. It might not always be the easiest thing to do, but it’s definitely rewarding. When you leave everything you’ve ever known behind for something completely different, it’s going to make you grow. And that’s just one of the best things about moving abroad.
Making new friends
You’re going to miss your friends at home a lot, but now is also a great time to form new connections in your life and get to know people from all over the world. You’ll most likely meet a lot of other people who has also moved to where you’re going. When I was an Au Pair in the US, I met girls (and a few boys actually) from all over the world, and some are still my close friends. There’s just this instant connection because you both know what you’re going through.
Change of scenery
You might be tired of your hometown and want to change your scenery a bit. Traveling is one way of doing it, but after a few weeks or days, you’ll come back again to where you started. But if you decide to move abroad for a while, can be just a few months, you’ll start to appreciate everything you had at home while also appreciating what you have abroad. By changing your scenery, you really learn more about what you love at home and what you miss.
The cultural exchange
Moving abroad means we have to adapt to a new culture, to learn about our host country’s culture and embrace it. It can be frustrating at times, especially if it’s a completely different culture than what we’re used to, but it’s also really fun and learning. How many times do you get an opportunity like this, to become a citizen of another country than your own?
You’ll learn so much about yourself
Perhaps the most important thing when you move abroad is that you’ll learn so much about yourself. You’ll learn that you can handle certain situations, you can be away from home for a long period of time, you can find your way in your new city and you can be independent. It’s a great feeling when you get to know that you’re capable of so much more than what you thought you were. So move abroad, spread your wings and embrace your new life!