Why you should travel and live abroad
It is hard to make a decision. It is impossible to do anything unless you have a plan. And if you don’t know what your plan is, you might be surprised.
When you think of it, it is surprising that the world is full of surprises.
To be alive is to live with uncertainty and that is wonderful. But we all have the freedom to decide if we want to live that way.
We all need a plan.
The most wonderful characteristics of human beings is curiosity and willingness to keep on learning. This is why it is so important to encourage a love of the truth of all things and not just your own, since what you learn is true and can save your life and the lives of others. I learned a long time ago to think critically, which is something I was never taught to do in school.
The best way to learn being an open person is to travel abroad and live for a couple of months in a foreign country. If you’ve never done this before, it’s a good idea to do it at least once. Then, travel as much as possible, and when you come home to visit, you will understand what it is to be truly comfortable in your own skin.
That’s why I talk about having a plan — nowadays living abroad is really within reach for anyone but you need to prepare a plan to do that. The reason for that is that the more you prepare your plan the less chances you’ll run into a problem. You have to know exactly where you want to go before you leave home and what exactly you need to do in order to do that. To make that plan you have to keep track of everything that needs to be done, even if it’s only to be a little bit less anxious.
When I’m out there I’m always thinking about what I need to get done before I leave. I like to keep a detailed checklist of everything that I’m doing and how I’m doing it. This way, if something happens or I need to make a change, I know exactly what needs to be done and can easily get back on track.
Before moving you should think about:
- general expenses
You can usually find accommodation for a month or two if you want to see if it suits you (thanks to Airbnb for example). It’s better to get a job while you’re living abroad at your destination, but you don’t have to. It’s possible to earn an income from freelance writing, or to work from a flat. However, living in a smaller place where you can’t bring your laptop or your books can make it harder to earn money. If you are able to work from home, be sure you make a budget that includes rent and other expenses.
Try to travel light, so you that you can minimise your expenses and worry less about your obligatory expenses like food and accommodation. You can Google all the potential expenses before leaving home and build a small spreadsheet to keep track of what to buy and where. It doesn’t take much time to make a thorough preparation. Moreover while you’ll be doing that, you’ll see for yourself how much money it will cost you in the end and how much you’ll need to earn on a monthly basis to make ends meet. This will only make you more confident that travelling is a good decision.
Finding a job abroad
When it comes to a job market, thanks to various online services you can easily research open positions at your destination and apply for them without leaving your home. Just start emailing people and get the first introductory calls — you’ll take meetings in person when you’ll arrive.
Of course planning everything will give you a lot of confidence and a safety net but it’s not totally risk free. There are many risk factors involved in moving to another country, so you should always remember about that. On the other hand — prepare for a plethora of amazing new experiences.
Living abroad will be a wonderful chapter in your life.