Many people see travelling as a way to experience the rest of the world. They see it as a fun and exciting way to embrace different cultures, learn about new things in the world and also meet interesting people that could become lifelong friends.
However, travelling is also a fantastic way to help you find a future dream home, and in this article, we’re going to be explaining why and also how you can use travelling to potentially find yourself a new place to live once you’ve retired, or even if you get bored of living in your current country.
Travelling helps you embrace new cultures and discover new parts of the world
It might not seem like a huge difference, but if you look at how people live their daily lives in America then compare it to Japan, things are very, very different. For instance, one cultural difference is the idea of eating out alone. In many western countries, eating out alone often gets a few looks. While people often don’t make fun of those that eat out alone, they do find it weird and there are rarely areas in a restaurant that are designed for single people. In many cases, a solo diner is going to be taking up a table for two.
However, in areas like Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, it’s very typical to eat out alone and there are many places where you’ll find solo tables that are often closer to the kitchen or bar. In addition, you should expect to be seated on larger tables with more people because table sharing is very common in those parts of the world where everyone is busy and just wants to get a bite to eat for lunch on their own.
This is just one of the cultural differences that could completely change your lifestyle and the way you perceive a country. It could be a difference that you vastly enjoy in another country because, culturally speaking, it’s more comfortable and suitable for you. There are countless differences across the world and you only get to experience them by actually seeing them up-close by visiting those said countries.
There are also other unique cultural differences in the world that you might love. For instance, in Spain, between the hours of 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM, a Siesta usually takes place. This is a quiet period in the afternoon where the majority of stores shut down so that people can rest, take a nap, and avoid the midday heat. It also allows people to enjoy a much later nightlife than would be possible in other parts of the world where naps aren’t taken during the midday. Although it doesn’t seem like much, it can completely change the way you approach life and it could be something that you either absolutely love or actually dislike.
Either way, travelling is a brilliant way to experience different parts of the world through the eyes of locals. Although some differences may seem small or insignificant, they can drastically change the way life is lived in those parts of the world and could even become a much better fit for you.
Moving to a different country is easier than you think
Whether it’s having an internet-based job that you can carry out without attending a physical location or having access to online home searches, there are actually plenty of little ways to make moving abroad a much smoother and easier process than you might think.
- You can search for a job beforehand. There are many unique opportunities that are specific to expats, such as teaching a different language or getting job seeking benefits.
- Learning the language can be tough, but if you have a basic understanding then you can learn the rest through trial and error and being forced to participate in daily conversations.
- With the help of a mortgage calculator from another country, you can accurately predict how much it will cost to purchase a home. Using those same sites, you could look at rental properties as well. You can even look for accommodation well before you move into the country.
- Surprisingly, you don’t need to fully commit yourself either. As long as you have a destination in mind and an idea of how you’ll want to earn money, living in a completely different environment kicks our survival instincts into gear and it helps us make good decisions and get work done to make moving abroad a reality.
- You don’t need to pack much either because you can easily find replacement clothes and household products in local stores.
Travelling is a great way to meet new friends
One of the easiest ways to make new friends is to travel abroad. Locals usually love to meet visitors and tourists because it shows that you want to learn more about the culture and areas that you’re visiting. Meeting friends can help you expand your social network in those countries, and they can help you with everything from translating something to showing you the best places to get a bite to eat. There are countless advantages of having friends in different countries, and if you ever decide that you want to move, then they’ll be there to welcome you and help you settle in.
Making friends means that you have people to speak with and interact with when you move. If you’ve ever moved to a different country or even city in order to study or work, then you might know how lonely it can feel if you don’t know anyone in the local area. While it’s nice to rely on the internet so that you can interact with others and socialise, there’s nothing quite like meeting up with a couple of friends and going out together.
If you manage to make some good friends while travelling then you’ll have a much easier time convincing yourself to move to another country, especially if you can’t get enough of it and absolutely love the atmosphere and culture.