Moving abroad is a huge decision. Moving your whole life into a new place that is foreign to you can be incredibly scary and thrilling at the same time.  With such a huge decision it can be difficult to know whether or not to take the plunge. There are many reasons why you might consider moving abroad. Here are four reasons that some immigrants have thought, before moving into another country.

Start a Fresh New Life

Moving abroad is an excellent chance for a brand-new start in life. You will meet new friends, experience new activities, and explore possibilities in life you might never have known before. Especially those who have experienced a depressing event in life, like a loss of a loved one perhaps or a break-up, migrating to another country is a chance to find happiness somewhere else and reinvent yourself.

Even if things are going well with you now, moving abroad can spice things up and bring some good changes to everything. Who knows? The new surroundings might open opportunities for you to help you grow as a person and achieve your goals in life.

Moving for Love

If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend living abroad, you may have thought about moving to that country to be with him or her. Many have immigrated because they want to be with their partners. Although a romantic vacation in Australia, for example, is amazing, their love is strong enough for them to cross seas to be with the person they love the most and make the move a permanent one.

For gay couples that had considered moving abroad, they would find themselves looking at countries that have gay-friendly laws and an accepting culture. Australia is one of the countries that are now, not only tolerant but house some of the largest gay activities, Pride being one of the most popular in the world. Australia has legalized same-sex marriage, enforced their laws that protect LGBT+ rights, and encourages businesses to have equality policies, making it not just a fantastic gay travel destination.

Moving for Work

Moving abroad to study or work is a great career opportunity. Many have gone to the US or Europe to study or practice their professions and have experienced many new and exciting things in their careers. Others have gone to work overseas because of higher salary rates that can help them support their families’ needs.

One opportunity for work abroad is teaching in Asia. Especially in China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, foreign teachers are welcome to teach English as a second language, advanced Mathematics, Sciences, and even foreign languages. Other foreign teachers are hired in universities across Asia to teach cultural subjects, advanced engineering, health, and technology courses.

Explore your Heritage

If you belong to an interracial family, chances are you want to know your ancestry and where they came from. If you are a dual citizen in your own country, you may want to see the culture, traditions, and the lineage of your mom or dad. One way to do so is by moving into your parent’s birth country and live there to explore your heritage.

For example, if you are someone who lives in the US and has a mom or dad who is from Italy, you can consider moving to Italy, through Jure Sanguinis, Latin for ‘Right of Blood’. For some it’s not just about understanding the heritage of your or your parent’s dual nationality, it’s also about embracing the different cultures of the world.

Moving abroad allows you to broaden your perspective, experience, and knowledge about yourself and your strengths and weaknesses. Although it is something you have to think through and through, it could be the best decision you will ever do to allow yourself to grow.

*Post contributed by UK based writer, Jackie Thomas.*