Why you should move abroad at least once in your life
Whether it’s for an exchange semester or you got a thrilling job offer abroad, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make the move and get out of your little comfortable bubble. Moving abroad changes you forever. It might not always be the perfect experience you were looking for, but it’ll definitely teach you a valuable life lesson or two. So what are you waiting for?
The first time I moved abroad, I was going to the US for one whole year to be an au pair. I was terrified. One year was a really long time back then and I was regretting it as soon as I stepped on the plane. What have I done? I thought multiple times. What if this happens, what if that happens, etc. I was already destroying it for myself before I had even given it a chance. So when I finally landed in San Francisco and I allowed myself to just be excited about it, things quickly changed for the better. It’s not too shabby to live in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
It’s also good to note that I have lived in way less popular and smaller cities such as Cluj-Napoca in Romania and it was just as exciting as San Francisco. So it really doesn’t matter where you move, it’s about you taking the risk and allowing yourself to have fun with it. Moving abroad made me much more independent because I didn’t have my family or closest friends to rely on anymore. I had to do it all by myself. It was challenging and frustrating at times, but boy did I learn a lot. When we are faced with a situation where we just have to do it, we will do it. Moving abroad also helped me put things into perspective. You appreciate the things you have at home so much more, which is a really good thing.
Even though you’re far away from everyone you know, you’ll get to meet so many new people that’ll become your family. You might even befriend a few people you wouldn’t normally hang out with at home (let’s be honest here). Some of my best friends, I met while studying or working abroad. But don’t get me wrong – there were many moments when I felt lonely. Especially in the beginning. But I learned how to deal with it, I even started to enjoy it and it wasn’t as bad as I imagined it to be. It was just all part of the process.
So besides getting the chance to see something outside of your hometown, you also gain valuable lessons, friends for life, a new home, and you become more independent. You might even want to permanently move abroad.