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What have you learned from leaving your country and living in another one?

Why you should leave your country and live in another one? I was wondering if anyone here would care to share their views on the topic. I recently wrote about it on my blog ​and I'm trying to get some opinions through, so anyone who, like me, moved to another country to live is very welcome to share their story here or on my blog. I really appreciate your input, thank you! 


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  • Cecilia Martens

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    That you cant go back to what you left.

    This is not a bad thing, but people don't change at home. Your travels change you in way's you cant prepare for. And that's a good thing.

    I love what Travel has done for my life, my knowledge, my ambition my character etc. And yes it's sad that I left home, as the socialite the one everyone got on with, I knew hundreds of people, somewhat intimately, and since I returned the 2nd time, I can count the people I call friends on one hand.

    Not because I don't like those other people, but because my horizons boarded and my cravings and passion to travel grew that much deeper and I learnt exactly what friendships truly are. Most of my "friends" are actually abroad.

    There are many other things I have learnt in my travels, but this is the one, you can't prepare for, its the one that no one tells you about, and sometimes, people battle accepting it when they get home. I encourage those people, not to feel out of place or sad, but rather encouraged and excited for their next adventure :-)

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      This is so true - broaden horizons and massive change in me too - not scared anymore, I do trust myself more and I am not as stressed as I used to be :) I love your answer and I do thank you for it from the bottom of my heart! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Chiara B. Townley

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    Hello Monika, I was born in Milan. I lived 1 year in London 3 months in Maceió Lived 3 months in Seattle. Lived 2 years in Santa-Cruz de Ténérife Long story of love and travel that I wrote in a book published on Amazon. Living in different countries opens your mind, makes you stronger and enriches your soul. When you start from nothing and you are able to build a new life in a new country you become more self-confident and you can empower others to do the same. You are able to face the challenges of life with more courage and you learn to fight more for your dreams. It's an amazing feeling. There is nothing comparable in life.

    Visit my Travel Blog for more travel tips!

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      Thank you Chiara, this is really beautifully put :) · (1 likelikes)

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  • Steve Shallenberger

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    I lived in Germany for 4 1/2 years in the mid 80's to early 90's. It was a black & white picture of how differnt things can be from mentality to infrastructure. I have enjoyed my time overseas. It taught me that I have a choice as to my perspective. I was amazed at the history .

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      It must have been very interesting to be there in the time of changes! Which part of Germany did you live? · (0 likelikes)

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      I lived in Ludwigshafen and around Mannhiem. It is about 40-45 miles South of Frankfurt Am Rhein. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Rasto Elgr

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    That not people, but the governments are evil to create most of the problems and poverty around the world. I could find nice people in every country (traveled 35 so far), but sick government propaganda and brainwashing too.

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      This is sad true, this is what made people unhappy :( · (0 likelikes)

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  • Linda Gruenert

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    Before moving make a list of pluses and minuses in both places. Decide what you can live with and without. These decisions will help you adapt to a new environment with patience, acceptance, understanding, open mind, and "You aren't in Kansas anymore". Be prepared to have new experiences and adventures, good and bad. Reach out to find those of like interest and knowledge of living in your new country. Connect with those who have a positive attitude who are not complaining about where they live. You made the choice, enjoy the experience.

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  • Larry Hoskins

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    I was in Vietnam for 3 months and the main thing I can tell everyone about living in another country is be open to trying new things, also remember you are in a foreign country be respectful of their culture. Also go off the beaten path and see the real people and culture.

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      Openness is very important, I totally agree. Be open and be respectful to others, discover and experience and your life will get a new meaning, thanks for joining the discussion! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Bartek X

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    For me personally the best thing has been a deep exposure to other culture. Not that Wales, where I currently live, is so much culturally different than the rest of Europe, but the devil is in the details as usual. You never get to know those tidbits by simply travelling, no matter the place, because it takes a long time.

    Another thing is that you are faced with problems you have never imagined could exist, which, when solved, help you stand firmly on your own feet and gain/boost self-confidence.


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      This is great comment Bartek! I could not agree more! Thanks so much for sharing :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • jack gorman

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    I left the US about nine years ago and have lived in several countries in the Caribbean. My favorite being St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Virgin Islands, where I live now. What I've learned the most is to live and be happy with as little material possessions as possible. What I have also learned is that things are easier if you quickly learn how to exercise patience.

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  • patrick burke

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    I left Minneapolis for Freiburg in Breisgau when I was 20 and spend a year abroad. When I came back I felt something about home was quite unsettling. Over time I learned that my feelings stemmed from our hypertrophic city design.


    Exhibit A: nice cartoon illustrating the effects of our car-oriented cities.

    General Trippy MediaExhibit B: Where I used to live. So pleasant and person sized.

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  • Quirine van Eps

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    We have moved several times to different countries with our 4 children and have only positive feelings about it. They are able to speak different languages and have an emotionally good relationship with each other. We all made good friends in all these places who are still our friends after all these years.

    I can highly recommend to live in other places.

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  • Stuart Watson

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    I've learned there is more than one way to do things successfully, from driving on the left side of the road to marketing food to mass transit.

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  • Lexim Maximus

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    For me the calculus is simple: opportunity. If you think there may be opportunities for you from which you would benefit, and I do mean in a material way, then do it. If, however, your motivation seems to be nothing more that to experience something "different", to meet "new" people, experience other "cultures", etc., don't do it--take a week tour or something instead.

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  • Cheiro Ph

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    Human nature is to learn what is taught to them traditionally right from kindergarten, your mindset is what you see in your neighborhood, family , society, elders, friends etc.

    As a child or grown up when you change your locality, city, state or country you tend to learn accordingly, you differentiate or compare the differences, adopt or ignore.

    I remember my best buddies or cousins who traveled and settled outside India , loved those countries, becoz they could analyse and differentiate something they really love or discovered a passion.

    But comparing them when they are grown old, they wish to travel back to their mother country, back to their childhood days...trust the inner reality.

    This is a vast subject....and wish to conclude.

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      Interesting point here, Cheiro, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Richard Barone

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    I have learned that you are not alone in doing this. There are so many things to learn that the list is as interminable as the visitors are but some things I have experienced are scary and others a delight.

    I learned that there is definitely a lot to be said for being humble, patient, trusting but not cocky and as wise as you can muster. Don't be attached to anything accept the experience itself and this too may fade so enjoy the moment even when you get robbed.

    I learned that once you have started down this path of learning their is no turning back and you may loose friends and family that just can't keep up with you so don't be sore about it, its between you and Life.

    I have learned that their is something behind the scenes that we all have in common and Love brings out the best in us all no matter where, when or with who. Peace and enjoy your travels.

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      This is beautifully said, Richard. I could not said it better, really, very inspirational, thank you so much for this! · (1 likelikes)

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