Reasons Why Moving Overseas as an Expat, Student or Migrant Can Change Your Life For the Better

Many people have the dream of living in another country for at least some time during their life. And with good reason. There are so many benefits.

However, many dreams have been on hold these last few years dues to the coronavirus pandemic. Now that’s all changing! With the vaccine rollout, vaccine restrictions are fast disappearing and many countries are opening up to skilled migrants.

So should you consider moving abroad?

Moving overseas can dramatically change your life for the better.  In fact, there are a whole host of reasons why people decide to move to another country. Living overseas can offer new opportunities, new lifestyles, new careers and a new direction.

It gives you the opportunity to leave your past behind and reinvent yourself. When moving abroad everything is different. So why don’t you try something different too?

Here we look at some of the best reasons to hop on that plane and discover an exciting and different way of living.

Ten Great Reasons to Move Abroad and Live in a New Country

 1) It’s character building

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There is certainly no other experience that’s going to test you like turning up in a new location and starting a new life. But that’s the exciting part. New experiences, new friends, new memories. If you want a new you, moving country is a great way to do it.

As Seneca once said, “Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.”  So throw off the shackles of your old life and have a fresh start!

 2) Enhancing your career

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If your ultimate aim is to improve your job prospects, living abroad can revolutionise your career. You could reinvent yourself with an entirely different career or quickly progress up a ladder not available to you previously. Also by moving to another country your international experience may be more appreciated than it is back home.

Many countries are crying out for skilled migrants so you could be earning more money for fewer hours and having a better lifestyle.

No matter whether you choose to work abroad for a few years as an expat before returning home or are intending to move for a lifetime, it will give your career prospects a welcome boost.

Either way, it will look great on your CV and might just make your workday a pleasure rather than a chore.

3) The culture shock will be of the very best kind

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Even if you arrive in a country where they speak the same language as you, nothing will prepare you for the change in culture. You’ll meet people with a whole new perspective of life and find new ways of doing the most mundane things. Everything from what breakfast you eat to the time you go to work can be different. Embrace the changes, embrace the lunchtime siestas, and make the most of your new location.

4) You’ll change your tastes

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There’s nothing like exposure to new foods, designs and locations to give your firmly held beliefs and values a good shakeup. This is a good thing. Challenging those tastes with a different outlook can help you understand who you are and give you a new zest for life.

I guarantee you’ll return home with some new recipes and favourite foods!

5) It will be rewarding

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Very few people go abroad and say it just wasn’t worth the effort. Many people are financially better off working abroad, but that is not even half of it. Even if you don’t stay in your new location forever the experience will stay with you and you’ll have plenty of new memories and stories to tell your family and friends.

The more you embrace the opportunities in your new country and culture, the more rewarding it will be.

6) Your family will thank you for it

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Whilst the initial move may be difficult for everyone involved, the new opportunities will be bountiful. Children will make new friends, you’ll find a great job and gain new hobbies.

Moving overseas gets you and your family outside your comfort zone – and by definition that is uncomfortable! But children are very adaptable and will soon embrace the opportunities.

And what better education is there than to travel and experience new cultures?

7) Developing social skills will be beneficial

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Awkward situations are guaranteed in a new location. Making new friends and fitting in at work can be tricky initially. Learning to override the difficulties will only give you more confidence, which is something you’ll never regret.

You may be a bit shy back home, but living in a new country will give you the opportunity to grow and you’ll have so many more exciting stories to share.

8) You’ll find new friends everywhere you go

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It may be lonely at first but making new mates is one major benefit of living overseas. Meeting people with different life experiences to you will make for an interesting time. It will also help you fit into the new location.

Also, being the new person from overseas can turn you into a minor celebrity. You’ll have no trouble making friends!

9) Learning a new language is a great life skill

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Arriving in a new country and having to quickly learn how to converse in a different language can be challenging but fun too. In fact, you’ll learn it much quicker and it will be much more interesting than picking it up from a book.

10) It will change your life one way or another – forever

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Even challenging experiences help build us as people and there will be plenty of those along the way. You can also expect plenty of life affirming moments that you’ll simply never forget. New dawns, new jobs, new friends and new relationships are all great reasons to embrace the dream.

What are your reasons for moving or living in a different country?

So these are just some of the benefits we’ve had from moving and living overseas. But how about you?

What are your top reasons to live abroad? And where do you plan to go?

If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International Removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 40 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote.