It's easy to get stuck in a monotonous routine. Wake up, go to work, count the hours till 5PM, get stuck in rush hour traffic, get home, sleep, and repeat the next day. It's no wonder that more and more people are getting fed up living a life with no spontaneity. For many, moving abroad is the answer. 35% of Americans would consider moving abroad and the number increases to 55% for millennials. Below, we explore 5 reasons to move overseas.
Gain A New Life Experience: What better way to experience a new culture than living in another country? Living abroad will change your perspective on many things and give you more of an understanding of how different cultures are and that that's okay. Immersing yourself in another way of life brings out new sides of you that you never knew you had.
Broaden Your Circle: Moving abroad is a great way to widen both your professional and social circles. You get to meet people you probably would never have met back home. Expanding your professional network abroad can never be a disadvantage. You never know when you may need to call one of your contacts for help or advice. Making lifelong friends that expose you to new things is also a bonus.
Learn A Language: What better way to learn a new language than to move to the country where it is primarily spoken? It is a known fact that learning a language is way easier when you are constantly surrounded by it 24/7. You also get to pick up on different mannerisms and slang that is impossible to learn from a classroom or from Rosetta Stone.
Boost Your Resume: Worked in Italy for a year? Or how about Brazil for 6 months? Adding your foreign work experience to your resume is guaranteed to give you an edge over your peers as well as provide you with interesting things to discuss during an interview.
Get 'Uncomfortable': Prove to yourself that you have the strength to step out of your comfort zone and try something new and 'scary'. Whether you move abroad for just a semester of study abroad or you apply for a 6 month internship. You can only come out of the experience a stronger person and you'll thank yourself for getting 'uncomfortable' and not playing it safe.
Still not convinced? Check out 6 reasons why moving abroad is a valuable experience.
So you’ve moved abroad, now what? We’ll explore how to adapt to your new home country in Part II of this series.
Tell us, have you recently moved abroad? What made you do it?