Wake up, make coffee, pet the dog, get dressed, go to work, go home, make dinner, go to sleep. Repeat.
Too many people are caught in the daily rat race and can’t seem to find a way to get out of it, but have you ever considered moving abroad in a country that doesn’t speak English? I’m here to convince you why you should live abroad at least once in your life!
1. You gain more patience for those who don’t speak English
When learning a language, you will realise how hard it is to put together a sentence in another language that you don’t speak. In result this means that when you meet other foreigners who can’t speak a lot of English, you have a better understanding and empathy for them. There are so many languages other than English, so why not spend some time learning another one of the many beautiful languages! It’s great for your brain to think in a different way and extremely invigorating once you get the hang of it.
2. You learn about a new culture
When living in a country that speaks a language other than English, more often than not their culture is different to everything you know too. Therefore you are expanding your understanding and knowledge of a new culture. Creating a new lifestyle determined by the culture you are living in is a great experience and very good for your personal growth! You may end up adapting and preferring the new culture over your original one!
3. You speak to people you normally wouldn’t
When you live in a new country, you get a chance to meet people from all over the world who have had different experiences, beliefs and lifestyles. This is extremely refreshing and is a great way for you to find motivation and inspiration to follow a new path in life. It also means that next time you travel you will have more world wide friends to visit, which is yet again another reason why you should live abroad!
4. You can travel more
When you are in a foreign country, you have the opportunity to travel around the country you are living in. Learning a foreign language will help you meet new people and understand the culture too. You also will find it easier because you are learning words and hearing people speak along the way, therefore are totally immersed.
5. You will learn new cultural habits and hobbies
If you’re interested in cooking, dancing, or sport you can find the opportunity to learn or practise abroad, a great way to meet new people and network. For example, if you want to cook traditional cuisines and learn about techniques and local recipes that you would otherwise never get the chance to experience at home.
For me, from living in Italy I have adopted a lot of the cultural habits including no cappuccino after 11am, only good quality coffee is accepted, less snacking, lots of talking with my hands (I already do this a lot though), taking time to walk outside and appreciate my surroundings, pushing-in when waiting in a queue (you won’t get served otherwise) and creating small talk with anyone that will listen to practise my Italian!
Are you convinced yet? I could name another 10 reasons why you should live abroad but here are some of my most important reasons and the aspects that have really changed my life in a positive way. Aside from all of these, living abroad really puts you out of your comfort zone, while the first few weeks might be hard because you don’t know a lot of people, it is such a great experience for you to really build your life skills, learn a new language and make friends with people all over the world!
So what are you waiting for? Buy your ticket and go!