This is a list of the top 10 things you’ll learn from living abroad. I’ve lived abroad for over 4 years and in this time I’ve learned a lot. Embarking on the adventure of living abroad has been nothing short of transformative. Let’s dive into the eye-opening journey that has reshaped my perspective on life, opportunities, and independence, to help give you an idea of some things you might learn as well.
Living in the United States, it’s easy to underestimate the privileges we enjoy. The realization struck me that, despite imperfections, the opportunities and quality of life in America are unparalleled.
Contrary to expectations, the differences between moving abroad and moving across the U.S. aren’t as drastic as you might think. For example, adjusting to time differences between your new country abroad and the U.S. becomes a new normal.
Letting go of the need for a car was freeing. Commuting via public transportation opened up opportunities for relaxation—naps (yes, I actually take naps on the Tube), reading, and catching up on text messages—making the journey relaxing and/or productive.
Contrary to worries, it’s possible to maintain strong connections with family and friends. Regular visits and effective communication bridge the physical gap.
From drying clothes on a rack to menu prices including tax, daily life abroad holds subtle nuances. Language, even if spoken fluently, can still pose challenges due to regional accents and colloquialisms.
Globalization hasn’t erased cultural distinctions. Whether it’s ‘bloody hell’ in Britain or ‘mama mia’ in Italy, these cultural nuances enrich the experience of living abroad.
Independence gained through moving abroad often leads to a supportive family, even if initial reactions were less favorable. Demonstrating happiness and success abroad can change perspectives.
Problem-solving becomes a way of life abroad, fostering independence and confidence. Navigating challenges reinforces self-reliance.
Loneliness is a part of the journey, but it’s not unique to living abroad. The experience is a mix of being a tourist in your own hometown and exploring new territories.
The awe of iconic landmarks, the love for local pubs, and the joy of exploring European countries, all within reach of affordable flights, contribute to a life that feels nothing short of extraordinary.
In conclusion, living abroad has offered me the chance to blend the familiarity of home with the excitement of exploration. As I walk past Big Ben and the Tower of London, I’m reminded that every moment is an opportunity to live my best life—one that is uniquely mine (and you can do the same!).
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