The Five Best Things about Living Abroad

17 Nov

Being an adventurous person has very much contributed to my lifestyle. During the past 4 years I’ve already lived in 4 countries, namely, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, China and now Canada. By nature, an adventurous person may have a hard time being happy anywhere…even while on an amazing adventure. It’s because the horizon always beckons you to go one step further…to climb one more mountain…to explore one more culture…to learn one more language. It’s like in one of those TV commercials, where they say: “if you try it once – you won’t be able to resist”.

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine

Despite the demanding nature of an adventurous life while living abroad it has a lot of cool advantages. I’ve chosen to write about  5 Best things about living abroad (don’t expect to read something too serious, though!) , here we go:

1.) Always having a conversation starter

Every time you meet a new person, enter a party room or even go out for shopping you will most likely be asked: ‘so, where are you from?’ Some will put some efforts into guessing and naming a few of the countries they know. It’s always a fun experience because you have at least a few things to talk about starting from where are you from, then explaining where exactly it is ( it happens all the time to me), what brought you here and so on. The good thing about it is that you can be a Lithuanian one day and a Swedish on the other day – the more creative you are the better! (Once, I told people I was from South Africa. They bought it!)

2.) Being popular just because you’re a foreigner

They either love your accent or make fun of it but regardless of that you get all the attention!  They seem to be interested in hearing all the details about your country, people there and then again what brought you here. Most of the time it becomes a Q&A session, where people quite literally attack you with questions…but don’t you just love it? Not to mention my experience of being super popular in China just because I have a white skin and blond hair…some said I reminded them of Britney Spears, ah!

3.) Meeting amazing people

Very important part of the whole living-abroad experience is meeting new people. During my past 4 years I’ve met so many different people who had absolutely enriched my life, or in some cases, even changed it! Now, I have friends from all over the world and always have someone to talk to from different times zones (a friend for a morning conversation from Europe, a friend for an evening conversation from somewhere in Asia…). Not to mention the fact that you get a free-stay at their place if you plan to go to one of those countries! Convenient, huh?

4.) Getting a new perspective about yourself, your culture and the biases

Mark Twain once said: ‘“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” That perfectly applies to the case of living abroad. Growing up in a country where seeing a black person was equal to a miracle had given me some biases towards different people. We all  carry around biases without even realizing it. However, living abroad helps you to get rid of those biases and become, like I say,  a citizen of the Word and that is quite a packaged deal as it also enriches you with a cross-cultural mindset, which one day may be rewarded! You also find out how others view your culture and that is always interesting. Not to mention the fact that you can learn so much new about yourself while in a new environment….

5.) Having  once-in-a-life-time experience

That pretty much sums up everything I’ve written above. There is nothing like the voice(s) of experience and it works not only in terms of career. Life, in general, is a journey and every experience counts. Living abroad gives you a different type of experience every time you enter a new country that comes along with a new language and culture and you’d better appreciate those moments  of experience while you can! You never know how long you will live and how many opportunities you may have…just grab one and never look back!

For the end: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”- Henry Miller




3 Responses to “The Five Best Things about Living Abroad”

  1. z November 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    I can’t wait to move away again, especially after reading this 😛

  2. K December 7, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    whats a point cheat on peoples (whre are you from)? its so rude.

    • pioneeringventures December 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

      It’s not an actual cheating. It’s an innocent, little lie which makes things more fun 🙂

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