I think we have these internal storylines in our minds. We have all these reasons we remind ourselves of why we shouldn’t do something, or at least not right now. We dangle this carrot in front of ourselves and delusionally convince ourselves that one day all the clouds will magically disappear and everything will align perfectly for you to move abroad. And, who knows. Maybe that will happen. But I think more than likely, these excuses you give yourself won’t magically go away. So let’s take some time to be honest with ourselves about what these blockers are for us to move forward with pursuing a life abroad. In this podcast episode, we’ll outline the 13 reasons you haven’t moved abroad yet, and why each of these excuses are nothing more than a myth.
– Description: Many Americans have strong ties to family and friends in the United States. Moving to Europe means being far away from loved ones.
– Myth: While being away from family and friends is a valid concern, modern technology allows for easy communication through video calls, social media, and messaging apps. Additionally, many people find that the experience of living abroad can create opportunities for personal growth and new connections.
– Description: Concerns about job opportunities, career advancement, and stability can dissuade Americans from moving abroad, especially if they have a comfortable or promising career trajectory in the U.S.
– Myth: Europe offers diverse job opportunities across various industries. With careful research and preparation, Americans can find job prospects that align with their skills and goals. Moreover, international experience can enhance your resume and open doors to unique career paths.
– Description: While many Europeans do speak English, the potential language barrier can be intimidating for Americans who aren’t proficient in the local language. Fear of communication difficulties can deter Americans from making the move.
– Myth: While language barriers can exist, many Europeans, especially in urban areas, touristy cities and amongst younger people, speak English. Additionally, learning the local language can enhance the expat experience and open doors to cultural integration.
– Description: Moving to a new country involves adapting to a different culture, customs, and way of life. Some Americans may feel anxious about the challenges of cultural adjustment.
– Myth: Cultural adjustment is a natural part of moving abroad. While challenges might arise initially, adapting to a new culture can lead to personal growth, expanded perspectives, and a richer life experience.
– Description: Healthcare systems and insurance policies differ in Europe, and concerns about accessing quality healthcare and understanding how insurance works can be a deterrent for some Americans.
– Myth: European countries generally have robust healthcare systems. Expats can navigate health insurance options, and the quality of healthcare might even be superior to what’s available in the U.S.
– Description: Some Americans might perceive the cost of living in certain European countries as higher than what they are accustomed to in the U.S. This can be a significant concern, especially for those with financial commitments.
– Myth: The cost of living varies widely across Europe. While some cities might be expensive, like London and Zurich, others offer a more affordable lifestyle. Proper budgeting and research can help Americans find suitable destinations that match their financial situation.
– Description: Navigating visa requirements, residency permits, and other legal processes in a foreign country can be complex and overwhelming, deterring some from pursuing a move.
– Myth: While paperwork and legal processes can be complex, they are manageable with research and preparation. Many countries have resources and support services for expats to navigate these challenges.
– Description: Parents may be concerned about finding suitable schools that match the educational standards they are accustomed to in the U.S., as well as the potential language barrier for their children.
– Myth: International schools and bilingual education options are available in many European countries. These schools often offer high-quality education that caters to expat children’s needs. But it’s also a great option to send your children to public schools in your new city abroad because it offers your children an opportunity to be completely immersed in another culture’s language and customs.
– Description: The prospect of leaving behind property, investments, and assets in the U.S. can be a significant barrier for some Americans who are financially invested in their home country.
– Myth: Property ownership in the U.S. shouldn’t necessarily deter Americans from moving to Europe. Some expats choose to retain property in the U.S. as an investment while living abroad.
– Description: Leaving behind the familiar and stepping out of your comfort zone can be a daunting prospect. Some Americans might hesitate to embrace change and the uncertainties of a new country.
– Myth: Stepping out of your comfort zone can be intimidating, but embracing change and challenging yourself can lead to personal growth, new experiences, and a sense of accomplishment.
– Description: A strong sense of patriotism or attachment to your American identity can influence you to remain in the U.S., feeling that your identity is tied to your home country.
– Myth: Living abroad doesn’t mean forsaking your identity or patriotism. Many expats find that their global experiences deepen their understanding of their home country and the world.
– Description: Moving to a new country entails a degree of uncertainty. Fear of the unknown, including challenges like finding housing, making new friends, and adapting to a new environment, can be a significant hurdle.
– Myth: While the unknown can be scary, thorough research and preparation can alleviate many concerns. Expats often find that their fears diminish as they settle into their new lives.
– Description: Moving to a new country without a support network in place can be isolating. Some Americans might worry about feeling alone or not having the same level of support they have at home.
– Myth: Many expat communities, online groups, and local social events provide opportunities to meet fellow expats and build new support networks in your new country. And your family and friends from back home are only a call away.
It’s important to approach the idea of moving to Europe with an open mind, realistic expectations, and a willingness to address challenges. While these concerns are valid, they should be weighed against the potential benefits and opportunities that come with living abroad. While the idea of moving abroad can feel scary, I’d hate for you to let these excuses get in the way of you living your very best life abroad. Take a few moments to think through these excuses. Consider whether these reasons why you haven’t moved abroad yet are important enough to keep you from moving abroad. If they are, then that’s fine! But if not, then let’s start putting together your plan to move abroad!