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
Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is no surprise that the best things to do in the UK are varied and fascinating. You’ll find different dialects, ancient Celtic languages and unique communities, traditions, myths and legends. There are surfer havens and soft, sandy beaches, rugged rock formations, punishing mountain climbs and deep, glassy lochs all waiting to be discovered.
While rural spots promise lush, verdant greenery, ancient woodland, utter silence and nights so dark you can see all the stars, the UK’s towns and cities – Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast, Oxford, York and London, among others – are home to buzzing nightlife, striking modern architecture, historical landmarks and incredible celebrations of culture.
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Every August, the capital of Scotland is taken over by comedians and performers for a month of shows, plays and theatre. Expect a mix of first-timers and big-name stars, new material, old favourites, snappy one-liners and unusual experimental comedy. It’s the world’s largest arts festival and transforms Edinburgh into a pulsating, exciting hive of energy. Turn up with a cluster of tickets in your pocket or plan nothing and see where the Fringe takes you
Being a groundling (that’s getting yourself a £5 standing ticket and watching Elizabethan-style) at Shakespeare’s Globe in London is unmissable, but it doesn’t get more special than sitting in the audience of one of the Bard’s beloved plays in his actual hometown. Head to pretty Stratford -upon- Avon to see a Royal Shakespeare Company production in the riverside theatre, before visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace and the church where his body was laid to rest in 1616.
Cornwall, Devon, The Ritz in central London – wherever you are in the UK you can’t go too wrong with an afternoon tea. Just don’t go putting the clotted cream on before the jam. Or is it the other way round? Bettys is a Yorkshire institution. The York branch has been serving up scones (or Fat Rascals, as they call them) and tea in china cups since 1936. Work up an appetite before you visit by wandering around The Shambles, York Castle or the ancient city walls
Home to independent shops and theatres, Bath is a pretty, honey-hued city famous for its grand, sweeping crescents and former resident Jane Austen. It’s also home to a fascinating, and impressively intact, Roman bath right in the heart of the city. It still flows with natural hot water, thanks to the city’s thermal springs, but no one’s swimming in it these days. Once you’ve wandered around the historic site, head to Thermae Bath Spa for your own chance to wallow in Bath’s warming waters.
The sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 made headlines around the globe, and continues to intrigue people to this day. The ‘unsinkable’ ocean liner was the largest ship afloat, before it hit an iceberg and disappeared into the depths of the Atlantic, along with over 1,500 of its passengers. Belfast is where the boat was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard, and it’s where an impressive museum dedicated to the ship now stands. Explore interactive galleries that, thanks to reconstructions, rides and special effects, allow you to walk the decks of the Titanic, descend to the depths of the ocean, tour the shipyard and witness the boat’s launch.
The United Kingdom might be small but its countryside is mighty, and incredibly diverse, from rolling green hills and ancient woodland to impressive mountain peaks, idyllic lakes and rugged moors. To see all the different kinds of landscapes the UK calls its own, take a tour of the UK’s 15 National Parks, from the flat Norfolk Broads and the wilds of Exmoor to the high drama of the Lake District and Peak District and the internationally recognised dark skies of Northumberland.
You could spend a month in London and not get tired of visiting its museums, galleries, parks, historic landmarks, and world class restaurants But if you’re short on time, a stroll along the South Bank is an ace way to soak up some city sights. Start at the London Eye , where you’ve got views of Big Ben and the House of Parliament , and head east. You’ll pass cultural giant the SouthBank Centre ,and , the National Theatre and countless pop-up bars and street food stalls. Pause by Tate Modern for a quick look around its free galleries, or to spy St Paul’s Cathedral across the river, before carrying on past Shakespeare’s Globe. Stop under the Shard for incredible food in Borough Market before finishing your walk by City Hall with views over the Thames of the Tower of London and the iconic Tower Bridge
Film fans the world over will know the United Kingdom as the home of Harry Potter. There are filming locations and spots that supposedly inspired JK Rowling dotted all over and you can even visit places where she wrote the books, like The Elephant House in Edinburgh. Potterheads will want to visit Leavesden Studios on the outskirts of London, where the majority of the movies were filmed, too. Wander around the Great Hall, peek into shop fronts on Diagon Alley, order a butterbeer and even ‘fly’ your very own broomstick on the Warner Bros Studio Tour London .the making of Harry Potter