The Truth Behind the Myths About Living Abroad

So, you are considering moving away from your home and living in another country? Living abroad can be a wonderful adventure, but it can also be a tumultuous decision. There will be a lot of changes in your life and a lot for you to get used to. There will be a lot of things that you will need to take care of in the process of moving to another country. It will take some time to adjust to living in another culture and immersing yourself in another way of life.

Of course, there are a lot of misconceptions about living abroad. Many people who haven’t experienced it before assume they know what it is like, when they really do not. That results in a number of myths and rumours being spread around that are not really rooted in reality. Whether you are moving to New Zealand from the UK or to Canada from Australia, you have probably heard these myths come up. Let’s take a look at some of the common myths about living abroad so that we can separate fact from fiction.

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It’s Not Always Glamorous and It’s Not a Silver Bullet for Happiness

When many people think about moving abroad, they imagine themselves in a glamorous movie montage having fun in their new surroundings. They picture life being so much more beautiful, fun, meaningful, romantic and enjoyable simply because they are living in Australia, Spain, Guatemala or whatever far away country they have moved to.

While it is true that you will have a lot of fun experiences to look forward to, it is dangerous to think that your life will automatically become 100% wonderful when you move abroad. First of all, it is important to know that there will still be annoyances and negative aspects in your life. There will be difficult days, things that stress you out and things that get you down. There always will be in life, no matter where you move.

Also, you will still have whatever internal issues you carry within yourself. While moving abroad will change your external surroundings, it will not immediately erase any internal struggles, past pains or mental weaknesses. You can only do that by looking within yourself and dealing with your own emotions.

So, if you are able to understand this you will not be disappointed when moving abroad doesn’t suddenly make life a fairy tale and fix all of your problems.

You Can Always Go Back

Another myth about moving abroad is that it is a completely permanent decision. Many people hesitate to move abroad, because they think they are deciding where they will live for the rest of their lives.

Although it might feel like an enormous decision that cannot be reversed, this is not necessarily true. You can decide five years later or even ten years later that it is time for you to move back to your home country, or even to a different country. You are not a tree – you aren’t stuck in the ground and you always have to choice to move. When you realise this, it makes the decision to move abroad less overwhelming because it doesn’t have to be a permanent one.

Getting a Working Visa Isn’t As Hard as You Think

Another myth about working and living abroad is that getting a visa for another country is virtually an impossible task. However, this is not necessarily true. There can sometimes be a lot of bureau-ocracy involved and the paperwork can take a while, but it’s not impossible. Working visas, such as New Zealand Skilled Visas for example, are available for a reason. Many countries want workers to emigrate there to fill skills shortages, so if you have the right training and experience they will be happy you have come to work. Also, there are many working visa companies that can help you to make your application and ensure that you are on the right track.

So, with these false myths explained and debunked, hopefully you have a better understanding of what it is really like to move abroad. If you are aware of any other myths that are simply not true, let us know in the comments below.

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