Expat Life: 6 Reasons Why you should live abroad
If you would have told me six years ago that I was going to move to Asia, I would have told you that you were fucking crazy!
At the time, I was working as a flight attendant for Jet Blue and had just met my husband, the pilot. Two years later, I quit my job and opened up a cupcake store. He took a job working rotation and six months later, everything changed.
Within one year there was a pregnancy, a marriage, opening up cupcake store #2 and my teen had moved in with us full-time. The last thing on my mind was moving, anywhere.
But then. that's how life happens. Sometimes what you get isn't necessarily what you need and what you want, isn't what you get.
Husband got the opportunity to take a job in China, working less hours and making a lot more. That meant, more family time. Which also meant, closing the stores.
And, although I truly miss my stores, I wouldn't trade my experiences during the last five years for anything.
Here are the 6 reasons why you should live abroad.
#1-You make friends from all over the world
During the last five years of living in Asia, I've met thousands of people from various backgrounds, religions and upbringings. No, I don't keep in touch with all of them and to be honest, I probably couldn't remember half of their faces if they walked up to me today. But, I've definitely made invaluable friendships. I'm talking about girlfriends that I can count on, talk to about anything and will always have a place in my life.
#2 - Food.
Okay, I'm from New York, a place where food choices are in abundance. But there is nothing like having Mango Sticky Rice as a snack. (And, no. In case you were wondering Real Chinese food doesn't taste anything like your neighborhood Chinese restaurant.) There are flavor combinations I could have never imagined and foods I'd never ever try, like grasshopper on a stick, but there are tons of foods that I know I will crave when I finally leave Asia.
#3 - Perspective
More than half of the friends I've made from New York don't have a passport and the ones have do have only traveled as far as Mexico. These are the same people who will never truly understand the cultural differences that somehow still unite us. They will never understand the beauty of living a simple life, or how far a smile can actually travel. My perspective in life has changed dramatically from living over seas. I am more grounded, open to new ideas and cultures, have more patience with others and have a desire to help others in ways that make me feel like my purpose goes deeper than just being a writer and a coach. I love a nd appreciate every single moment much more than before.
#4 - The travel bug
You will crave more travel, not just for the travel but for the experiences that you create along the way. Traveling abroad isn't all Hostels and backpacks. You can easily dive deep into a plethora of cultures that will make you crave more of everything.
#5 -Opportunities Arise
I've met so many wonderful travelers that had originally sought out to travel for only a few months, and later end up creating a nomad lifestyle aka Digital Nomad. They don't want to go back to the grind of a 9 to 5 job. And as they meet other travelers they realize there are so many wonderful opportunities to create a life they truly love. They realize they can work and STILL travel! They'll teach Yoga in Peru for a few months and then teach english to kids in Thailand for six months. Or they figure out how to work for different companies virtually. The opportunities are endless.
#6 - You become fearless
Fears. They hold us back from living our best life. Fears are what keeps us miserable in a life and job we hate and in relationships that do not serve us. Traveling to a foreign country provides us with a much-needed sense of clarity that we wouldn't get from living our robot-like life. How? By pushing us past fear. If you were to place yourself smack in the middle of a country where you didn't know the language you would have two options, figure out or go home. If you choose to tough it out, you grow from the inside out. You develop confidence. You gain clarity on the things you want in your life and what you don't. You become fearless!
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