Expat Living Abroad

Oct 30 2013

Living abroad is an adventure many of us keep on our bucket list. Living overseas for any amount of time is a big adventure, and those who have experienced it usually agree it is the best thing they have ever done.

Becoming an expat opens your mind and the minds of your family to what the world has to offer, and it can remind you about many important things in life. If you are thinking of living abroad for a year or more, below are some of the expat benefits for you and your family that might convince you to take the plunge!

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Photography by Robert S. Donovan

A Fresh Start – One thing that might attract you to the idea of moving overseas is the opportunity to have a fresh start. Some people give up a stressful job, large expenses and a huge social network just to leave the United States and have a wonderful opportunity to simplify their lives. Being an expat gives you and your family the chance to get back to the basics in life and what is truly important to you. Oftentimes, expats know themselves better within one year of living abroad than they did their entire life living at home.

Own Less and Do More – Living in the United States can find you caught up in an endless cycle of bills. Things such as credit cards, gym memberships and a subscription to cable seem like a vital part of our lives; but they are not necessary. Moving overseas can break the cycle of all these bills and give you new ways to spend money. Expats explore and travel more than the typical person does. They know that experiences in life are a lot more valuable than belongings, and they remind themselves of this as they visit the ancient ruins, take part in exotic celebrations and trek through the jungles.

Learning New Things – When you live abroad, you learn new things that become important parts of your everyday life. There will be big differences between the country you emigrate to and your home country. Behavior, language, holidays, celebrations and social customs will all be different, but experiencing and learning about those differences is great fun for you and the family. Learning these things can also be a challenge in your new life. Settling down to a new lifestyle takes time, but it is truly rewarding. You might just find out that you’re a lot more capable and stronger than you thought you were.

Getting Inspired – When you live abroad, you can expect to be bombarded with new opportunities. This is always inspiring. If you are a creative person, the benefits are immediate. Learning and seeing new things every day will encourage you to be more creative than ever before. If you’re not the creative type, you will still find this valuable. You might not be tempted to pick up the camera or get a new blog going, but you might dream up a new business idea or try a new hobby.

If you are craving adventure, moving overseas could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Becoming an expat changes your perspective on life in a positive manner. It will help you reduce your spending, get back to the basics and embrace change. The biggest benefit of all is that you never know where you might end up next.

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