Why do we move abroad?

Did you relocate recently? Or maybe many years ago? Welcome to The Abroaders Club 🙂 I’m in it too 🙂

If you are planning to do so, I hope my posts and articles will help you make the final decision.

On the other hand, if you are happy where you are and just interested in my writing or accidentally found my post while browsing the internet – thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again 🙂

From my experience I know moving abroad is not a piece of cake. It’s a challenging, yet rewarding journey, sometimes lifelong. I know only a couple of people who made this important decision in haste- I’m not going now into details whether they regret it or not- that’s different topic. However, vast majority of us give it a careful consideration. We weigh up all the pros and cons, prepare ‘balance sheet’, analyse many scenarios and eventually make the final decision- we move…. or not 🙂

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Does the process of making decision depend only on us? Not always. There are different situations.

  • WE decide we want to relocate– WE chose new country, new place and new life; Reasons? Because of a better job opportunity, better income, higher life standard, better weather, to ‘find yourself again’, to start everything from scratch, to explore something new, to find love or just because we love other country more than our motherland
  • LIFE helps us to decide it – when you love your job, but the company you work for (or your partner works for) relocates to another country ; when you meet a foreigner who lives abroad, you fall in love with him and after taking into account all pluses and minuses you choose to live abroad;
  • LIFE decides on your behalf– when you don’t want to relocate, you want to stay in your country, but you have been forced to flee due to war/conflict or to escape persecution

I am typical number 2 🙂 How about you?

I met my husband in the most unexpected moment of my life. I came to the UK to spend my long summer break, work at the university, earn some good money and come back to Poland to continue my law studies. I was single, happy and had my Life Plan in place (you can read about it here). Suddenly, I met this guy…. At the beginning, I was pretty sure it is a holiday affair.  But very soon it has become obvious we both want and we are ready for something much more serious.

We have started planning the future together. Where? For us the choice was easy. It had to be Britain. We did not consider living in Poland or in India for good as one of us would always feel at home and second person would have to compromise much more. In Britain, as a neutral country, we both feel the same. Moreover, there are so many Indian and Polish people over here, sometimes we feel like in our homelands…:P On the other hand, it would be fantastic to spend few months or a year together in Poland or India. Each of us would love to do it, so maybe one day it will happen 🙂 We are also aware our life can turn upside down if one of our parents falls seriously ill and we will have to move to one of our homelands for some time. We take it into account everyday and we agree with it. Life in mixed marriage is based on compromise and deep mutual understanding.

There are many reasons why people move abroad, but at the end of the day it is worth to remember:

‘Home is where the heart is’

 

Images: shutterstock_ 129132983, chasingscout.com

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