What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Living Abroad?
Having lived abroad in several countries I wanted to share my thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of living abroad to give you a real picture of what it is like to move and live abroad and what does living abroad mean.
It is important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of moving to another country very carefully to make sure that you’re making the right decision for you..
Living abroad is a wonderful experience but it does come with its challenges and has advantages and disadvantages
Here I will list some pros and cons of living abroad so that hopefully it will help you to make the right decision as to whether living in another country is right for you .
Pros of living abroad
It allows you to develop your career
Living abroad will enable you to go to overseas colleges or work in foreign companies. It exposes you to experiences you would not get if you were living and working at home. If you are living in developed countries, you get a chance to use equipment fitted with the latest technology. It increases your expertise and expands your skills.
Moving to another country can give your career big lift as it can open new opportunities and possibilities It also i gives you the opportunity to start over.
For example, I didn’t go to University to study to be a teacher as I had hoped ,but when I moved to Egypt and I saw the opportunities that teaching English as a foreign language could offer me as an English Native , and using my training in childcare health and social development I grabbed that opportunity to create a new career for me.
It was challenging in the beginning but has turned out to be very rewarding and gives me an income to live on ..
It enhances your communication skills
When you get a chance to live abroad, you get an opportunity to interact with people from different backgrounds. It gives you the opportunity to learn a new language and enhances your communication skills and master a new language.
You will meet many interesting people both local and other foreigners living there ,This will not only be a wonderful experience and you will learn the language first hand in an international setting .
You will be able to immerse yourself into another culture
Depending on where you come from, there are stereotypes that you develop about people and their culture. But when you live abroad, you interact with the same people and begin to understand them. You start to realize that the things you heard about them were not correct. It gives insight into their culture and makes you know them even better.
To truly get to know another culture is something that is not easily achieved by just visiting that country.
You will experience the local way of life every day. This will give you such an amazing in-depth experience of the culture and the way of life of the people who live there .
You will be very motivated
You can only live abroad if you are a self-starter. Finding work and working in a foreign country confirms that you are a highly motivated person. It also shows that you are adaptable and mature. Employers like outgoing employees. When you get out of a comfort zone to live in a foreign country, it tells a lot about your character and attitude.
Living abroad will give you such great motivation because you are doing something you only dreamt about before You have achieved your goal! This in turn will give you more energy and determination that you need to live successfully abroad
Cons of living abroad
Challenges in adapting
The first challenge people who live abroad encounter is to adjust to the culture of their host country. It is difficult to get used to the host countries’ currency or driving on their roads. Also, it is a daunting task to adapt to their customs. Lastly, it may be difficult for you to adjust to the new cuisine and unfamiliar conventions.
Feeling homesick is a significant challenge for people who choose to live and work abroad. If your home is thousands of miles away, and your financial situation does not allow you to visit them frequently, it may take more time before you settle down.
New weather patterns
Unless you are moving to a neighboring country, you will have problems adjusting to the new weather in a foreign country. For instance, if you’re you are moving from Africa to Europe, you will get challenges adapting to the winter and summer periods. If you are not used to low temperatures, you must be prepared for them during the winter. Similarly, some countries experience very high temperatures during the summer. It may be a big challenge for some people.
Is living abroad worth it?
Let’s take a look at whether living in a foreign country is worth it or not.
It is important that you understand the pros and cons, so make sure that you also look at the benefits of living abroad as well as the reasons not to move abroad, because living in another country is not for everyone.
Living and moving abroad is upheaval and challenge in your life
You’re going to be faced with many different changes and you will need to be able to create everything from scratch. There will be so many decisions that you need to make on a daily basis
So make sure that you put your own personal pros and cons about moving abroad and living away from your home country.
During my time abroad I have had some wonderful experiences but also some difficult times and I have met so many people from all over the world that i would have otherwise never have met
It takes a certain kind of person to be successful at living overseas. You will need to have a lot of flexibility and patience.
You will be starting from the beginning again ,which is exciting for some people but very daunting for others.
What does it mean to live abroad?
They say that the journey is more exciting than the end result when you’re trying to reach a goal. I think the same goes for moving and living abroad…The whole experience from the planning stage until you actually make it to your chosen destination
How do you cope with living abroad?
Do not be afraid of failures. This is part of life , just try to learn from them and move on
Although living abroad takes you away from your comfort zone, it is rewarding and well worth it . If you can overcome the initial challenges, you are likely to live abroad successfully.
Before you decide look at the pros and cons of living abroad, If you decide to go ahead get ready for a new life and prepare yourself for some unforgettable experiences and memories