What people think you do when you live abroad vs. What you really do

What people think you do when you live abroad vs. What you really do

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Living abroad; my enemy, my ally. Don’t believe what they tell you, it’s all a lie.

Expectation: It’s all fun and games

Live abroad Expectation: It’s all fun and games

You’re abroad right? And as we all know, that means that life is oh-so-easy.

Reality: You drown in paperwork

Live abroad Reality: You drown in paperwork

You are officially an expat and have to trawl through the bureaucracy that goes with it, just to make it possible for you to live / work /go to the doctor’s… or anything really!

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Expectation: You party and explore all the time

Live abroad Expectation: You party and explore all the time

You’re in a new place with exotic people, places, and norms; time to live it up and fill every moment!

Reality: You still sleep all weekend, just as you do at home

Live abroad Reality: You still sleep all weekend, just as you do at home

Yep. Your bed is still the number one spot.

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Expectation: You’re having far too much fun to think about home

Live abroad Expectation: You’re having far too much fun to think about home

The whirlwind of your new life is just too exhilarating!

Reality: You’ll have terrible homesick pangs in unexpected situations

Live abroad Reality: You’ll have terrible homesick pangs in unexpected situations

Yes, your life abroad is exciting and new, but you just never knew how much you depended on the small, everyday normalities of your home country, and the proximity of those you love.

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Expectation: Having a foreign accent makes you attractive

Live abroad Expectation: Having a foreign accent makes you attractive

You’ll pick the language up soon enough, and I mean, at home foreign accents are cute, so why shouldn’t yours be too?

Reality: You are a stuttering mess

Live abroad Reality: You are a stuttering mess

As much as you’d like to have mastered the language by now, you can’t help feeling like a fool on a regular basis trying to string a sentence together in the native language of your location. At least when people from home come to visit, they’ll take your garbled attempts as fluency!

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Expectation: You have to pack everything

Live abroad Expectation: You have to pack everything

You’ll miss that thing you always use, you couldn’t possibly spend months without it, or without all of these other things that you have now packed into 5 suitcases of various sizes…

Reality: A toothbrush and your passport will do

Live abroad Reality: A toothbrush and your passport will do

You live differently, you adapt, and you travel. You tired of carrying around so many belongings long ago.


 

Whatever you expectations were, or whatever others think your life abroad is like, you know that you’re gaining invaluable experience, and having a whale of a time!

Are you living abroad? What still surprises your friends and family back home?

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