6 Signs You’re Ready To Move Abroad

August 4, 2017 18 Comments

Call me crazy, but I’d say the first sign that you are interested in a life abroad would be that you clicked on this article. When presented with the idea of living in a foreign country people tend react one of three ways:

“Why would I EVER want to leave ___? I have everything I need right here.”
“I would love to live abroad, but….”
“Absolutely. I’ll quit my job tomorrow.”

from my article on Jet Set Times

More than likely, you’re in that second category. If we were honest with ourselves, I’d say the majority of people are in that category. If the idea of moving to a new country doesn’t completely terrify you then ask yourself what exactly is stopping you? Now, take the time to read these signs and see if you relate to some, if not all, of them.

You Don’t Want Your Current Job/Location To Become Permanent

It is important to remember that everyone will feel stress with their job, EVEN if it is your dream job. However, there is a satisfaction that comes with stressing over a goal that you are inspired and determined to achieve. If you are uninspired every day in your job and counting down the minutes till you get to go home, why are you wasting your time? You deserve to live a life that keeps you motivated, fulfilled, and energized. If you are living in a city that doesn’t excite you, why waste the rent money? Think of where you would love to live and go there.

When You Travel Abroad You Are Always Hesitant To Come Back

You know the feeling. You just had a life changing trip and you’re headed to the airport with an overwhelming sense of sadness. Have you ever experienced post-trip depression? Has it ever been so strong you’ve contemplated skipping your flight home? Ask yourself this: What is it about your current life that you dread coming back to? The average person takes one to two weeks of vacation a year. That is 7-14 days out of 365. So what are you doing with those other days? If you find yourself wasting them dreaming of your next vacation, maybe you’re ready for a change of scenery.

You Actually Like Change

If you’re not willing to step outside of your comfort zone, moving to a new country probably is not for you. Taking this step will mean constantly being surrounded by new languages, people, cultures, and even food. You’ll be leaving all that you know behind. Every day will become a learning experience. What better way to educate yourself about a country outside of your own?

You Want To Learn Another Language And Your Foreign Language Class Knowledge Is Fading

As an American I was required to take two years of foreign language in high school and one year in college. I loved learning a new language because it was a subject that I had so much room to grow in. Over the years I lost relatively all of that knowledge. With English as my native language, I never truly had a need to learn another language. After traveling I realized that most people know at least two languages and I so desperately wanted to be in that category. If you find yourself feeling the same way, what better way is there to learn a language than to live in the country that speaks it?

You’re The Only Single One In Your Friend Group

To clarify: you DO NOT have to be single to move abroad. Being single and being married are completely different stages of life. There is no denying this. If you find yourself surrounded by friends who are all engaged or married, it becomes hard to relate. You’re in a completely different mindset than everyone around you. What better time is there to live in a new country and start a completely new journey than when you are completely dependent on yourself? Your single years are your time to be selfish and grow as an individual.

The Thought Of Moving Abroad Doesn’t Scare You, It Thrills You

When you see people moving abroad you get a little jealous on the inside. You’ve thought about quitting your job and moving multiple times and you’re looking for any sign that this is a practical step for you. There is never a perfect time to do anything. If you can’t stop thinking about something, you should act on it. We all get one chance on this thing called life. What do you truly want to do with yours?

Do you live abroad? Have you always wanted to? Let me know in the comments.

Hanna Jobes

18 Comments

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    yukti

    August 4, 2017

    I completely relate myself with this post. When I hear of moving abroad I get thrilled instead of being scared. Being single in friend group and what next destination is always in my mind. A read Nomadic Mindset. Completely agreeing with you.

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 6, 2017

      That’s so awesome, exactly how I feel. 🙂 It’s definitely a risk worth taking if you can’t stop thinking about it!

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    Rishabh & Nirali

    August 5, 2017

    We’ve changed cities a few times but never lived abroad. Its probably due to a number of reasons and though we find ourselves mentally ticking off a few points off your checklist, we do not see ourselves moving abroad anytime soon

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 6, 2017

      I loved that you’ve moved around a bit together! Such an awesome thing to experience together 🙂

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    Mimi

    August 5, 2017

    that’s exactly how i felt when I travelled… didn’t want to go back home! That’s why I found a job abroad and stayed there, such a good valid point! Also you are right, the thought of moving abroad really didn’t scare me, really just wanted to do it asap!

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 6, 2017

      That’s so exciting! Not many people get the chance to so that’s amazing you’ve been able to experience it. Good for you!

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    Ticking the Bucketlist

    August 6, 2017

    I love change and would love to move to Bali myself. Its a pity that the Indian passport does not make it too easy. I am soon hoping to move to Spain…fingers crossed to find a job there! I am totally ready to move!

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 6, 2017

      Oh wow! Spain is wonderful and a great place to live! Best of luck to you!!

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    Anna Schlaht

    August 6, 2017

    I can absolutely relate to a lot of these (the only ones not matching being that I’m single, hehe, because I’m married, and that I don’t love my job, because I do). Moving abroad is such a courageous, curious, exciting thing to do. I’d go in a heartbeat if I had the chance, but you’re totally right, I do fall in that second category. Seems there are a lot of things in life that can hold people back from making the jump. Jobs, marriage, family, money, the fine details… Regardless, I think moving abroad is one of the best things someone who wants to can do, as it definitely broadens your horizons. 😀

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 6, 2017

      You are so right! It’s not something that is easy, especially with so many things that can hold someone back. It absolutely comes with sacrifices, and some that aren’t possible!

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    Archana Singh

    August 7, 2017

    Agree to each and every point you wrote. In fact I was living abroad for three years and found it very easy to adjust. After returning I feel I should go back again. Especially being single helps 😛

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 31, 2017

      Ah, three years sounds amazing! Good to hear you loved it 🙂

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    Ling Ge

    August 8, 2017

    We’ve definitely thought about moving abroad with the reasons you listed above. But we’re still home, although a big part of it is because of our dog, who means the world to us. One day we may explore the possibility, but for now, we’re content with 4 or 5 weeks long trips.

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 31, 2017

      That’s SO much traveling time!! So cool!

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    Sridhar @interludejourney

    August 9, 2017

    Great article!I think the comfort zone factor really influences people to stay at home and just ‘accept’ the life they’ve created. But if you don’t try you’ll never know, it’s best to look back and say you took a shot then to remain where you are forever wondering what could’ve been.

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 31, 2017

      Absolutely! It’s so easy to be comforted by our routine, I’ve been there! I feel like if you keep thinking about it, you should go for it.

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    Abhinav Singh

    August 10, 2017

    Perfect. I have always dreamed of making a living in a country far away from mine. I am eyeing to be a school teacher in Vietnam. As you said the idea of living in an alien country thrills me more than it scares me. I see it as immerse travel at its best.

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      Hanna Jobes

      August 31, 2017

      Ah, what an incredible experience that would be! Hope you do it some day 🙂

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