Living In Another Country Might Be Just What You Need!

It’s pretty common for a lot of people to reach the point where they really feel like something in their life has to change. There are plenty of reasons why this might be the case. It could be that you’ve found yourself stuck in a job that you hate and get no fulfilment from in the slightest.

Or it could be because you feel like you’re stuck living somewhere that you never really had that much attention to or that you’ve outgrown, but you’re struggling to see a way to really make a change in your own life. Making any kind of change in life can be extremely difficult and it’s certainly not something that a lot of people would want to do lightly.

However, if you want your life to improve then there’s a good chance that you’re going to need to make some serious changes. And there’s one chance that a lot of people have benefited from that you might not have considered: starting over in a totally new place. Sure, a lot of people find that moving home can give them a great new start but why not think about going even further than that? With that in mind, here are some reasons why living in another country might be just what you need.


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One of the biggest problems that a lot of people have to deal with on a day-to-day basis is the fact that the cost of living is always going up. Whether you’re paying rent or a mortgage, car insurance, energy bills, or just the cost of your groceries, it can feel like just trying to live your life is getting more and more expensive every single day.

However, there are plenty of places all over the world that offer an amazing quality of life without the serious cost involved in more well-known parts of the world. For example, if you’re somewhere like Singapore the cost of a resale flat near MRT stations is going to be a fraction of what you would pay for a similar property in other parts of the world. Sure, not everywhere is going to offer this kind of benefit but it’s something that’s worth keeping in mind when you’re looking for somewhere to live.    


It’s often all too easy to assume that the things you do and the way you live your life are just the “correct” way of doing things. We learn from our parents, our teachers, and our friends the ways that we should be living and we just sort of assume that’s the way everybody does it.

However, if you move to another country then you may well find yourself discovering that the people there live their lives in some very different ways. Living somewhere new is an amazing way to see both the things that really make us all unique and different as well as the things that make us a whole lot more alike than many of us might think.

New potential career options

When you’re stuck in a horrible job, one of the most frustrating things about it is the fear that you’re not going to be able to find anything else. Well, if you’re no longer limiting yourself to looking for career options in a single place then your options are going to be a whole lot more diverse.

There are always companies all over the world looking for amazing and skilled people and the world is more interconnected than ever before. That means that you’re in with just as much of a shot when it comes to connecting with employers overseas as you would for those right on your doorstep.

A fresh start

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We all carry with us a great deal of baggage and it can often feel too heavy to lift. You may find that one of the reasons that you’re unhappy in your life is that you’re constantly surrounded by mementoes of the past that you would much rather leave behind. By moving to somewhere completely new you give yourself a chance for a fresh start that you might never have otherwise been able to achieve. You can live your life in a totally fresh context free of the weight of the past hanging over your shoulders.

Reconnecting with yourself

Many of us like to think that we really know ourselves but it can often be hard to separate yourself from the context in which you exist. Do you ever have a moment where you go back to your hometown and you can kind of feel yourself being pulled back into the person that you were before? That can often happen in many different parts of our lives and it makes it hard to remember who we really are. By living somewhere completely new in an entirely different country, you have the chance to connect with who you really are free of all of that baggage. You can take the time to figure out the things you want out of life and that can often be the real key to making some truly positive changes in your life.

Of course, it’s totally reasonable to find yourself in a position where you either don’t want to make that kind of incredibly serious change in your life or it’s something you want but that you can’t quite make happen for a variety of reasons. Just remember that none of this is to say that living in another country is the only way to make the kinds of changes that you really need in your life. There are plenty of things that you can do that aren’t quite so drastic. Sure, living in another country is incredibly exciting and many people find it to be an incredibly positive step in their lives. But if you’re not ready for that kind of step or you’re not in a position to make it, don’t feel as though you’re just stuck having to put up with these kinds of frustrations in your life.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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