Thanks everybody for your great and positive feedback to my latest blog post You are so lucky to live in London. Here are some reasons why I think it’s great to live abroad or travel as much as you can.
- You get to know yourself very well.
- You’ll stretch your mind because you continuously have to get out of your comfort zone
- You’ll experience a lot of challenges. This is tough. But when you achieve to manage those you will feel soooooo, soooooo good
- You’ll find pleasure on little things that you wouldn’t have thought to matter
- You’ll see, eat, experience continuously new things and everyday life can become pretty exciting
- You’ll miss home and learn to be grateful
- You’ll figure out who are the friends that love you and are there for you (of course, vice versa) no matter the distance
- You can receive parcels from home and exchange parcels, which is a great thing to do
- You’ll meet new people
- You’ll realise that a lot of people do have exactly the same experiences as you and therefore new friendships can sometimes build on a more intense basis – similarities connect
- You’ll feel home on more places than just ‘home’
- Heimat becomes something special – you will become sentimental and sometimes homesick but to head ‘home’ to see your loved gets you excited as a child on christmas
- You’ll relax – you’ll have the chance to step back from expectations, cultural norms and figure out what you truly want
- Therefore you will become more independent and value more your own decision-making skills
- You can restart in a certain way – no one knows you anyway so you don’t have to deal with expectations or stereotypes
- You’ll have a lot tourist moments in the city / country you live in because you absorb things differently. When I lived in Germany I actually haven’t traveled too much within the country or did a lot of sightseeing within the cities I lived in, because I always felt I could do it later. But living abroad – especially if it’s for a limited time only, will create a certain sense of urgency to do so
- Your language skills will progress incredibly – simply because you have no other choice
- Distances will no longer matter that much
- You’ll become proud of your cultural ID while also …
- … growing into another culture. The world becomes your home.
- You’ll become more aware of cultural differences and learn to appreciate them
- You’ll learn so much by having friends from all over the world
- You’ll realise when talking to tourists how much you have learned – i.e. London transportation and the tube map and a lot of other things
- You can do whatever you want (of course, just the legal stuff) and many people wouldn’t even care as it’s more anonymous
- You’ll learn how to ask for help …
- … and while doing so get more confident in not having the perfect language skills
- Especially when you relocate or travel with a limited amount of luggage you’ll declutter and simplify your life.
- You’ll learn to focus more on collection of moments rather than clutter and stuff
- You’ll anyways find loads of cute stuff you want to take with you
- You’ll realise that things you are good at can be totally challenging because you don’t understand a word (i.e. for me an aerobics class) – and you’ll be so proud of yourself when you manage to participate anyways
- You’ll be surprised how people from different countries think about your home country and you’ll create great memories. I gonna share my favourite example with you. A friend of mine from Taiwan was totally surprised when I had a salat because she believed that Germans just eat sausages and meat.
- You’ll have conversations about things you would never think you could have a serious conversation about and you’ll totally enjoy it. And let’s be honest it’s great to get to know everything about other cultures when it’s shared from locals
What else do you think makes the adventure ‘living abroad’ so worthy? Let me know – either in the comments or drop me a message.
Lots of love,