Top 5 Reasons to Live Outside of Your Own Country
So gather up your confidence, sell off everything that’s replaceable and get out there in the real world to enjoy this very short life that you have! Here are some of my tips on why you should live outside of your own country:
3. You may flip your perception of how you expect to live 180 degrees. I lived in a city of almost 2 million people in the U.S. and swore I could never live in the country. “I’m a city girl!” I’d proclaim. Well, now I live in a famous wine producing region of New Zealand in, you guessed it, a small country town. I love it here…between growing my own fruits and vegetables to being able to see the clouds forming over the mountains and talking to the horse across the street, I can hardly imagine going back to my old way of living.
4. You learn to do with what you have. There’s something to be said about not living in an Amazon.com world. The places I’ve lived in Central America and Down Under, you can’t always get what you want. Especially not delivered for free in two days. People keep things around because you never know if you’ll need them for something in the future. Kiwi’s are some of the most ingenious folks I’ve met. You should see some of the mailboxes here, simply because if you want to buy one, it’s a good one day’s pay and it sucks.
5. If you’re American, you’ll see how we look to other people. It ain’t pretty. You may also feel some prejudice which often feels strange if you’ve never lived outside of the U.S. Live abroad long enough and you too may cringe when you hear an American accent. Don’t let it deter you from leaving your comfortable home and belongings though. You’ll never get this life back again. Go try something new and you’ll gain a new perspective on just about everything.
Have questions or tips about leaving your hometown? Post them below in the comments so others can be inspired too!