We never know where the journey of life will take us and what twists and turns we will take along the way. Some of us will live all our lives in the place of our birth while others will explore all the world has to offer, and both choices are perfectly valid.
For those of us who do have itchy feet, it can often be difficult to work out what to do for the best. The safety and security of sticking with what we know is immense, but the desire to move to pastures new can be equally important to us.
If this sounds all too familiar, and you are not sure whether you should take the plunge and move overseas or stay put where you are, here are 10 signs you are ready for the adventure:
- You are the adventurous type
If you are the kind of person who is always doing something new, whether it be rock climbing, learning how to paint, or going off on another adventure to a new place you have never visited before, it is likely that you have the right personality type to thrive should you move overseas.
You are likely to be unfazed by the challenges and willing to embrace the newness of the experience, and this means that you are much less likely to regret the decision to go.
- You have traveled the world
You don’t have to have traveled to every corner of the globe, but if you are someone who is well traveled, and someone who always regrets coming home at the end of a vacation, chances are you are more likely to do well with an overseas move than someone who has not traveled so extensively simply because you have gotten a taste of what is out there and you will have a better idea of what to expect should you go for it and pack up your life to live elsewhere.
- You know where you want to go
If you are someone who have vague ideas of moving overseas but no idea of where you want to go, then chances are you are not quite ready for it yet. However, if you are already thinking about moving to the Uk from the US or moving from Florida to France, then chances are you have put more thought into it., you have visited the place you would like to live; you are a fan of the culture and the way of life over ther
- You don’t have too many ties at home
Okay, so most of us have good family and friends around us, and they are, of course, ties that must be considered, but if you are the kind of person who has a flexible working situation or who has not settled into a career yet, does not have a particular attachment to your current home and who will not struggle with feelings of homesickness if you do leave, then this is a good sign that you will adapt well to moving overseas.
If, however, you are the kind of person who hates to be away from loved ones for long periods of time, has caring responsibilities for animals or pets, and has a settled working life, it might not be the optimum time for you to leave.
- You thrive on change
If you are someone who gets very easily bored with the status quo; if you are always changing jobs because they bore you once you have learned the basics; if you are forever taking off on vacation because staying at home is full; if you are always trying new hobbies and new cuisines because you want to experience all you can, then this is definitely a good sign that you are ready to make a move abroad work.
- You need a fresh start
Sometimes, things go wrong in our lives that cause us to rethink our lives and try to make changes. Some people, for example, will want to make a fresh start after a bad breakup while others will look to make a fresh go of things when their work industry collapses and they need to find new skills and new opportunities. Although it is not always the case, moving overseas can be one of the best things you can possibly do when you need a fresh start in your life.
- You want to be a more independent person
If you are the kind of person who wants to grow as an individual, and if you have realized that you rely far too often on other people. then taking the plunge and moving overseas, even if just for a short period of time, will throw you in the deep end and force you to pick up the skills you need to be a more independent person, so it can work well.
Of course, there is a school of thought that you should learn the skills of independence before you head off overseas, so think very carefully about this one, it might be a positive sign for some, but not necessarily for all.
- You have learned the language
It is totally possible to move abroad and then learn the language once you are immersed in the culture, but it is so much easier to find a job and integrate with your new country if you can already speak the language to some extent.
So, if you have taken the time to learn the language of the country you intend to move to, this can only be a positive sign.
- You have job opportunities
Most of us are not independently wealthy, which means we will still need to earn a living when we move overseas. These days, there is a good chance that you might be able to keep your current employment and work remotely, which will make things easier, but if that is not the case, you need to be confident that you will be able to find work when you move.
If you have the right skills to succeed, and you know there are lots of job vacancies in your field in the country you plan to make your home, this is an excellent sign that you are ready to go.
- You can’t stop thinking about it
At the end of the day, if you simply cannot stop thinking about Paris or Rome or London or wherever it is you want to go, and you spend so much of your time daydreaming about being there that you might as well already be living there, then what more do you need to convince you?
We never know 100 percent if the decisions we take will work out well for us or not, but we have to take the plunge nonetheless, otherwise, we will end up ending our days with more regrets than triumphs and this is a situation that most of us do not want to find ourselves in when we reach the end of our lives, right?
If you have spotted most of these signs in your own life, then chances are taking the plunge and moving overseas could be a good move for you. Obviously, it’d a big decision to make, so you should not rush in without really thinking it through and planning the whole process, but if, after doing that, you still feel the pull of the new, go for it! I wish you the best of luck.