If I had a penny for every comment made by people who have said “I would love to move abroad just like you”, I would be a rich woman! You see, living in another country isn’t for everyone, and no-one should be ashamed it. Look at it this way, if you know someone who has moved to a sunnier climate, think about all the holidays you can have which won’t mean you need to shell money out on a hotel!
Below I’ve listed a few reasons why moving abroad might not be for you:
In today’s economic climate, anyone who has managed to hang on to their full-time job should be thankful. There are many people who have been caught up in the so called “world recession”, and their lives have been turned upside down as a result. (Actually if you are one of the unlucky people to have lost their job, this might be time for you to put your thinking cap on about moving abroad).
However, I digress work isn’t always easy to find in another country, especially in Europe. This is because your first language may not be spoken there, and unless you’re fluent in the mother tongue, your chances of finding work are pretty minimal.
You may have extended family in your home country, and believe me when I say leaving them behind is a very difficult thing to do. Of course, with the wonders of modern technology you can always speak on the phone (for free), or have the odd video call, but, honestly, it’s not the same as popping round for Sunday lunch, (I speak from experience).
Whilst many people who are ex-pats with children have told me their kids are better off after moving to another country, you have to bear in mind that about 90% of the people I talked to relocated their kids when they were very young.
If you have kids of a certain age, they may be very attached to the friends they’ve had all their lives, and their education may be at a crucial stage.
If you’ve been thinking about moving abroad, and feel you’re not brave enough to do it just yet, don’t worry about it. It’s important you’re happy in life, and moving abroad just to prove a point is the very last thing you should do!
Author: Julie Coburn