Would you like to become an expat? We made the decision to live abroad in Mexico in 2013, and it was one of the best decisions we ever made! If we can do it with four kids, than maybe you can too ;-) Here are five reasons to help you make the life-changing decision to become an expat NOW!
* This guest post comes to us from Akshata at With Love From Akshata. Thank you chica for the great post! Readers be sure to visit her blog and say hello :-)
You Will Broaden Your Perspectives
Living abroad means you will be faced with different challenges that are completely out of your comfort zone. By doing so you will inevitably broaden your mindset. You will become an expat, a deeply immersed member of a new community, and you will have exposure to various customs and traditions that once may have seemed very foreign. These will become seemingly normal, due to your changed and widened perspectives. In an article featured in the Telegraph, Neil Bunting writes about how his perspectives completely changed after being an expat in Saudi Arabia. Because of this you will be forced to embrace the unknown, you will become more open-minded, and you will eventually enjoy the thrill of newness that this uncertainty brings.
You Will Be Immersed In A New Way of Life
Even if you don’t actively immerse yourself, you won’t be able to stop yourself from learning about a new of life. From mundane everyday habits, to larger culture-specific events, the “learning by experience” that comes with living abroad is easily one of the most fulfilling parts. My advice would be to try as much as you possibly can, because you never know when you might have to leave and it will all end.[clickToTweet tweet=”Top 5 Reasons to Become An Expat NOW!” quote=”Top 5 Reasons to Become An Expat NOW!”]
You Will Build A Global Network of Friends
You’ll make truckloads of new friends, locals and other expats alike, when you become an expat. From your barista at your new everyday coffee shop, to those you might bump into at expat meet-ups, you will get to interact with new kinds of people from different backgrounds and walks of life. Having a friendly, open personality is key, and will enable you to significantly expand your personal and professional network, to an international scale.
You Might Be Able to Live Very Well for Less Money
One of the reasons people become an expat is because of the lower cost-of-living. Your money could take you a lot further abroad, especially if you have savings to take with you. For example, according to iExpats, countries like India, Nepal and Moldova have a relatively low cost of living as opposed to countries like Switzerland and Australia. Depending on where you decide to move, your cost-of-living could reduce significantly. It is important to have an idea about the cost-of-living in your country of choice, while also considering your savings.
You Will Discover New Facets of Yourself
Hadas Aharon, in an article about living as an expat, mentions that living abroad gave her insights that assisted her in her “self-quest.” While every expat may not be on a self-quest, living away from home, facing different challenges, and learning to adapt definitely does help you get to know yourself better. You will discover your strengths and weaknesses and maybe find that you are content in a different way from how you had previously imagined. Because of your experiences, and how you deal with everyone that comes your way, being an expat will unlock various parts of “you”, that you could be pleasantly surprised to find!
Now go read, 12 Compelling Reasons to Live Abroad in Mexico ;-)
*Akshata has a passion for traveling and exploring the world. She loves to scuba dive and is always on the lookout for her next diving adventure. Being a foodie, she spends a good amount of time cooking up concoctions in her kitchen and recording her recipes and travel adventures on her blog, With Love From Akshata.[social_warfare]