Live abroad, here’s why.

From 2015 to 2020, I lived in the Philippines, then in 2020 until 2022, I was living in Japan then the unexpected happened.

I spent about two months in London, about one month in Japan, stayed overnight in Singapore then six months in the Philippines. Became a travel writer for EATZCebu Magazine and an overnight TikTok sensation!

Followed by 36-hours in Dubai then nearly three months in the United States with 2-week trip to Spain and France in between. After the US, I had a 49-hour trip across 3 airports in Canada then arrived in Sydney, Australia and stayed there for three weeks before finally moving to Adelaide on December 29th, 2022.

Thanks to the RADelaide community, I have come to realise how colourful and unintentionally nomadic my life has been, and this is why I recommend living abroad and immersing yourself in a different country, culture and language.

  1. Going out of your comfort zone and the safety net of “home” by leaving the familiar behind will give you an opportunity to discover yourself and level-up on Maslow’s pyramid of self-actualization.
  2. Through exploring the unfamiliar environment, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, appreciate new flavours and foods, and socialise in a different language, which develops open-mindedness and adaptability.
  3. Enhance your problem-solving skills while building your self-confidence and self-esteem through socialising with strangers in passing or proactively participating in clubs, societies and/or volunteering! Joining new communities will help shape your friend groups who will overall impact your mental and emotional well-being, but also, enhance your way of thinking.
  4. A new place means a new routine! A different timezone can completely shift your schedule but the freedom of independence alone will allow you to freely fix your time which is an essential part of growing up.
  5. With independence comes goal-setting! Appropriately allocate time for work and play – invest into enriching hobbies, like weightlifting or rock climbing, reading books, or joining meet-ups for language learning. Whatever your goal may be, pursue it! Time can never turn back.
  6. Use social media wisely by checking-in with friends and family back home. I am sure they would love to hear your stories!

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