It can be extremely daunting to pack up your things and move abroad, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be eye-opening and rewarding!

Nearly everyone is nervous when they decide to move abroad, however, they almost always report back saying the experience was exhilarating and worthwhile. Below is a list of seven reasons why moving abroad is a fantastic experience.

1. Learn a New Language

Have you ever wanted to be bilingual? Or maybe trilingual? Now is your chance! Moving to another country is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture thereby forcing you to learn a different language.

Knowing another language is a useful social and career skill that will help you in life regardless of what you do after your experience abroad.

2. Knowledge

Reading and educating yourself is one way to gain knowledge, although, the old term ‘seeing is believing’ holds true when moving abroad. Living in a new place means that you’ll be exposed to a whole other world of concepts and knowledge. There is no better way to expand your knowledge by learning it first hand.

3. Independence

Often, we grow comfortable in the place we grew up because we have the support of friends and family close by. While it is great to have a superb social network, living on your own in a new location without others that you know is a great way to learn independence.

Independence is a valuable skill to have that will benefit you in many facets of life. Many never learn how to enjoy time alone or support themselves without the help of others, moving abroad will teach you how to do so.

4. New Friends

Moving abroad means you’ll develop a whole new group of friends, perspectives and experiences! Sometimes, in the place we grew up, life can get dull and boring as you tend to do the same things day in and day out. While this lifestyles is comfortable, everyone could benefit from stepping out of their comfort zone from time to time.

There is a lot of general excitement surrounding new friends, although, people tend to forget that new friends can broaden your perspectives and experiences. In the friend groups you have now, you likely do the same things together and share similar ideas. Sometimes you need to break the cycle and try something new!

5. Career Building

For some, a new career or job is the reason to move abroad. Even if you want to move abroad for other reasons, you will notice that there are many more job opportunities available to you when living abroad.

This is because employers value that you have lived in another country and experienced another culture. It shows that you are resilient and can handle change which is a skill that not everyone possesses.

6. Change Your Taste

Your tastes will change a lot overall when you’re immersed into a new country and culture. More specifically, your food preferences and fashion style will change and you’ll have fun doing it! Living abroad means that you’ll be trying new foods and clothes, chances are you’ll pick up some new, welcomed tastes.

7. Expand Your Mind

At first, you may be taken aback by culture shock when you move to a new location. Keep in mind that this is  merely the first step of the process to expanding your mind. It can be extremely fascinating and mind opening to conceptualize how other people live around the world compared to your upbringing and past.

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Mo is a seasoned traveller and an adventurous spirit who dreams of visiting every country around the world. When he's not travelling, you might find him writing and cataloguing about his recent trips.