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Migrating to another country seems like a huge challenge. After all, you’ll have to learn a new language, adapt to new laws and regulations, and deal with the psychological effects of being in an unfamiliar place far away from your loved ones. However, if you know what you’re getting into, it can be very rewarding—so here are 8 reasons you should move abroad sometime soon!


To Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you have been living in the same country your entire life, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone and live somewhere new. The best way to do that is to move abroad. Whether it be for a year or just a few months, getting out of your comfort zone is important for personal development. If you are someone who has never traveled outside of your home city, moving abroad will be an eye-opening experience that will change your perspective on how the world works.


For the Adventure

Move abroad for the adventure. Living in a new country with a different culture will open your mind and allow you to experience the world differently. The best part is that you can take this with you anywhere you go, so if you get tired of one country, just move on to the next!

Experience Dubai’s modern architecture, Portugal’s variety of fish food, United States expansive roadways or Malta’s narrower streets.


To Learn a New Language

Moving to a new country will help you learn a new language faster than if you had stayed in your home country. The people around you will also be speaking the native language, so it’s less likely that you’ll slip back into English. If you are really committed to learning a new language, moving abroad is an excellent way of doing so.


To Experience a Different Culture

Living abroad heightens your awareness of many diverse cultures and can completely immerse you in an entirely different way of life. If you live in a small town, you might still experience that type of immersion if you’re attentive and consider the habits of your locals; the perfect tool for language learners. For those planning to live in metropolitan cities like Portugal and Malta, the multilingual population is highly visible on the streets.

Additionally, you will be introduced to new musical sounds, local cuisine, foreign movies and shows, and even learn some interesting cultural habits. Dubai rules, for example, don’t have to be as strict as people have you believe.


To Make New Friends

Today, there are many vibrant expat communities to become a part of or live near due to the large number of people working or studying abroad. Making lifelong connections abroad is easy when you connect with people who share your experiences or interests.

So if you’re looking for an opportunity to make new foreign friends, why not spark a conversation at work; join the many Expat organisations online, such as Expat Network; join a fitness club; take up a hobby; or use apps like Bumble to meet likeminded people.


To Boost Your Career

Living abroad can boost your career in a number of ways. First, it’s a great way to gain valuable work experience. Second, moving abroad can help you get ahead in your field because new experiences are valued more highly than your previous experiences. Third, living abroad can lead to increased salary if you’re working for an international company. Fourth, those who have lived abroad often have better interpersonal skills and are more well-rounded than their stay-at-home counterparts.


To Save Money

Moving abroad can help you save money in the long run. Different countries have different cost of living rates, so if you are living in a country where your currency doesn’t go as far as it would somewhere else, you might be able to make up for that difference by moving to a country with lower living expenses.

It’s worth comparing which countries provide the best rates, as an example Malta may be cheaper than Portugal in certain areas but would it be worth it to live in Dubai and adjust your life style to the prevailing ones?


Because You Can

There are tons of reasons to move abroad. Some people want to try something new and experience a new culture while others just want to be able to work remotely from their home country. Regardless of your reason, you should go for it! After all, you only live once, so you might as well take the plunge!


How RHJ Accountants Can Help

We recognise more than ever that individuals and businesses from the UK and other countries may be globally mobile. We aim to make you aware of the tax-efficient opportunities, available tax relief and structure finances for life at home and abroad.

Our international team of specialists operate from offices in the UK and Portugal. We work together synergistically to provide tax efficient solutions to our clients to help them grow their business whilst keeping tax liabilities to a minimum.

Get in touch with us today to find out more, or to make use of our services.

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