Most everyone knows that living abroad changes ones mind, character, habits, way of life the way of viewing the world among many other things.
If you have never had the opportunity to live somewhere else you probably have a friend, or a cousin, or a friend of a friend who has moved to another country and came back a bit different in some way.
Maybe that fascinates you or maybe your not enjoying this new person and thinking “you were not in this way before!”. Well, that’s ok, there are some things you can’t change but we think that it’s better to know about some of these changes and experiences before your significant other or friend moves to another place.
You can ask hundreds, thousands or millions of people and everyone will agree that living outside your own country makes you change and grow in unexpected ways. You face new challenges daily, you discover parts of yourself you didn’t know existed, you evolve, you make unexpectedly strong relationships in an incredibly short time.
We have collected some things that change forever when you live abroad!
If you want to read more, click on the link at the bottom of the page.
You suddenly understand that courage is overrated
Lots of people will tell you how brave you are and that they too would move abroad if they weren’t so scared. But you will soon understand that even if you are scared, once you really want to make a decision, then you just do it. That’s all.
Adrenalin becomes part of your life
Once you decide to move you turn into a mix of emotions that make you feel alive. Your life will be full of new people, habits, places, and challenges to deal with. You will begin to hate the old “routine” word!
When you go back, everything will look the same
It doesn’t matter how much you love your home, friends, and family. When you get back home you’ll see how life is the same as ever and realize how much you have changed and how you now see everything in a different light.
Your life and home will all be in a suitcase
Even if you were used to living with a lot of clothes, you will suddenly understand that all you need can fit in one bag… you will start to change your mind and lifestyle, as you think “I will buy something when I need it”. You will now feel at home in your new flat full of a few random things, you will feel at home on a plane, you will feel at home even if you are not at home!
You will measure time in precious moments
The concept of time will be distorted, because your life is going fast, at top speed. You receive news from your family or friends, you feel nostalgic each time you cannot be part of a birthday celebration, a dinner with your best friends, or a party with your family. But you are living a super fast paced life and you suddenly learn how time is measured in little moments like a Skype call, a picture, or a video.
You have two of everything!
Well, first of all you have two lives. One in the place where you were born and one in your new location. Then you have two mobile numbers, two bank accounts, two address’, two types of money and coins, and two (or much more!) supermarket cards… that you will use for sure in the wrong way and in the wrong place.
You will learn how to say goodbye, and enjoy it
Each relationship is different and special and you learn how all the people you’ve met and you will meet are just passing through your life. That’s why you know how to enjoy every single moment and how to balance nostalgia and pragmatism.
The best thing is that… there’s no turning back!
Once you start moving and traveling, it’s hard to stop. You learn how to live, you discover what makes you feel alive, you start thinking that you are “a citizen of the world” and not of a single country.
Is it possible avoid all these side effects? There’s no way, these are the things that will make your life more full, emotional, and exciting!
Keep traveling and moving!
If you want to know more about what will make your life different, check the following link
And if you are about to move, our community on Goguin is waiting for you to make your move easier and cheaper!