Written by Hossein Rad
1: Language Barrier
One of the most common challenges of moving abroad is living somewhere where English is not the main language. When I moved to Hungary, I barely knew any English so on top of learning an international language, I also had to learn a little bit of Hungarian, one of the hardest languages to learn in the world because communicating with the locals was extremely difficult, since mostly the younger generation of Hungarians understood English only a bit. That being said, this is something that will get better with time and once you reach a certain level of confidence, it can help you feel like you’re part of the new culture. I strongly recommend putting yourself out there, try and talk to the stranger sitting next to you at the bar, or at the bus stop. I learned so much by just befriending my English tutor who was Hungarian and ended up going on day trips around Hungary with him and learned Hungarian history, language, food and so much more..
2: Lack of personal support
Leaving behind family, friends, relationships for a better future can put a toll on you. Especially if you come from a family-oriented culture. There are days where you’ll find yourself questioning the decision you’ve made because of hard it can be to leave everything behind, something that I do even after being away from home for 12 years, but the answer is never what I’d think it is when I start weighing out everything. If you are moving abroad, you will need to take the initiative of sharing news, being in touch, and asking your loved ones for mental support through social channels. While it’s not comparable to being physically there with them, it definitely helps. I certainly cannot imagine how this would go without the help of our modern technology. One obvious solution would be frequent visits back home but that can be costly and may not even be possible for some, So face-timing would suffice for now.
3: building relationships can be difficult
Living abroad without a partner can be difficult for various reasons, while being single has its own advantages and freedoms, you are bound to feel lonely at some point in time. I personally learned to enjoy my own company and don’t mind being alone, but I don’t think anyone prefers to be lonely. Depending on who you are, we all need someone to share our deepest feelings with, but finding the right person abroad will take time and energy, considering cultural differences, language barriers, and such. However it’s not all so bad, in fact in many cultures, you may have a better chance of finding a partner than a local because of the sense of mystery that one might have due to cultural differences, and in many cases finding a local partner may be more beneficial as to who better to teach you all about their culture, language, and network than a local.
4: financial security
It is no secret that future finances can be a concern to some and may affect your decision to settle in a foreign land but just like any other major decisions in life, planning well in advance is necessary. Keeping yourself secure enough to get to a milestone, whether it’s graduating from school or climbing up the position ladder in a company. Planning will help prepare you and your resources for rainy days and reduce anxiety about future finances. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned for a more in-depth blog on how to manage your finances abroad!