Moving abroad is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you should always take. And with all the benefits that come with it (new culture, new friend, new you!) we’d forget there are some downsides as well. At some point, you will have your doubts. So you’ve heard about some great advantages of moving abroad but what is the downside?
Before heading off to your new life, here are some things that you should consider. Let us drop some bombs on you.
You will drown in paperwork
So you’ve decided to move to another country? Great! Now all you have to do is fill in some forms and you’re ready to go! There’s a crazy amount of papers that has to be signed and forms that have to be filled in, people want to know e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. About your medical state, your jobs in the past and the balance of your bank account…
You will get lost
No matter what city you’re moving to, you will get lost. Guaranteed. Carrying a map with you all day isn’t going to change that (GPS doesn’t count either!). Trust us, there were at least three occasions where Yara called from L.A. to Kelly in The Netherlands, because she was lost and needed an address ASAP.
You will be alone
Being new and all can be lonely at times. Not knowing anybody in the city – besides the woman from your regular coffee place – will get to you at some point. And making new friends is easier said than done.
You will miss things you never expected to miss
Your mom’s best dish, your blanket. Even simple things like supermarkets will be missed – whereas other things, things you maybe expected to miss, don’t even cross your mind for a second.
You’ll get to know the ugly side
It’s a really big step to move and once you’ve settled, you’ll think that you will never move again. Ever. You’ll see that the city you fell in love with, also has it’s dirty alleys and annoying people on the subway. It will eventually hit you like a ton of bricks: every pretty place has some ugly truth to hide.
Have you ever lived abroad? Where did you live?
(Inspired by Forbes / image via tim.vsco.co)