Whether you just moved away to go to graduate school or accepted a new job, here’s what living far away from home can feel like.
It’s ok to feel lonely sometimes. That doesn’t mean it’s ok to give yourself a pity party of a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, and a whole season of That 70’s Show every night.
Most of your life epiphanies will happen on the bus… or train.
Yes, you read that one right, I did in fact save thousands of dollars while living in two of the most expensive European cities as well as an excellent Philadelphia suburb and… got paid to do so!
You missed some big social and pop cultural movements. It takes a lot of effort to keep up with trends from far way.
Holding onto garbage- If they had as few garbage cans in New York City as they do in Japan, the streets would be filled with filth (not that it’s spick and span to begin with or anything…) But for some reason, streets in Japan remain spotless even though sometimes, I go for hours without finding a garbage can.
You have unconscious cultural biases. You might think you’re less prone to cultural bias as a result of being well travelled and/or growing up in a multicultural city, but it’s not until you live abroad that your cultural biases are challenged.
That you’re not a risk taker because you moved somewhere new, but you moved somewhere new because you’re a risk taker.
If you’ve decided to teach English and live la vita bella in Italy or la vida loca in Spain, you have to be ready for the onslaught of paperwork that will head your way.
Travel changes you, irrevocably so.