I read this article by BRANDMENTALIST and I wanted to share it on my website

8 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD LIVE ABROAD AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFETIME

1.YOU GET TO KNOW YOURSELF BETTER

Nothing can bring you closer to building an intimate relationship with yourself and getting to know yourself better than moving away from home and living in another country. You have the freedom to discover who you are, what you truly want and don’t want without any distractions or influences from people close to you — whether it’s close friends, family, or just familiar surroundings, societal and cultural norms you grew up in and were taught to believe.

2. YOU BECOME INDEPENDENT

When you move to a new country, everything is new; everything is unfamiliar. Unfamiliarity can make you feel insecure and scared at first. Getting to know the unfamiliar environment which soon becomes familiar teaches you to get over fear — fear of discovering the new streets alone, talking to new people, trying out new foods, or fear of people in general because you do not know people’s intentions and the streets look scary at night.

3. YOU KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE NO SUPPORT SYSTEM 

If you have a good relationship with your family, no one can replace that feeling — the feeling that family is and will always be there for you through thick and thin, through the darkest hours and stormy nights. No matter what time it is, no matter where you are, they will always be there and go out of their way to help you.

4. YOU BECOME ADAPTABLE AND OPEN-MINDED 

Probably nothing is ever what you’re accustomed to in a new country — from road rules, choices to choose from in day-to-day life, to people’s attitudes and common behaviours. As a result of this, you have to keep an open mind and continue to learn new things. It’s like going back to school again — social etiquettes, the education system, healthcare system, the country’s history and cultural beliefs, etc.

5. YOU LEARN TO BUILD CONNECTIONS AND NETWORK

We all grow up with a group of networks — from schools to family, family friends, and friends of friends. When you move to a new country, you don’t have these networks. You have to learn to build it up especially for business, work, career progression and free time.

6. YOU BECOME SELF-REALIANT 

From doing your own laundry to paying bills and dealing with complicated visa arrangement, you become totally self-reliant because you only have yourself to trust and do things for you. Your mom can’t help you. Your dad can’t help you. Your family friends and childhood friends can’t help you.

7. YOU BECOME BOLD AND FEARLESS 

If you can get over fear of moving to another country on your own, you can get over fear of anything. Getting out of one’s comfort zone is an art that can be mastered. Just like any habit — actions done repeatedly become a habit that the mind is no longer scared of jumping right into.

8. YOU START TO WONDER WHERE HOME IS

traveling and living overseas have become a part of who you are. You become emotionally connected to this new country you moved to only just a few time ago. You start to wonder where home really is. They say home is where the heart is, but where is my heart at?

We talk about falling in love as in falling in love with someone. But for a traveller, you fall in love with another country. The country has become your new love affair.

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