So to start off my blog I wanted to pick out some of the benefits of being a teenage expat because let’s be real here. We all have those times when we feel homesick, lonely, or we just wished our lives were different. But trust me being an expat is a great opportunity and I’m gonna show you why.
Reason 1: Your horizons are broadened. By living abroad and moving around you have experienced more changes in a few years than some people do in their lifetime. You understand people of all cultures and you can empathize with them. You’re more aware of what’s going on in the world, and more educated about different cultures and countries. It is a HUGE advantage to be able to experience this as a teenager and a privilege that a lot of people don’t get.
Reason 2: You have friends and connections all over the world. I think this is one of my favorite things about being an expat. Wherever you move to, you’re bound to meet people from different places and different cultures. I can be sitting eating lunch at school and next to me there will be a girl from Turkey, a friend from India, Palestine, Denmark, South Africa, South Korea (to mention a few). This way not only do you build connections all over the world but having friends from different places also builds you as a person. Your mind grows and you start to realize things that you wouldn’t have before.
Reason 3: You get to travel the world! This last point is sooo important. For me I love visiting new places and being an expat allows you to do this more. Of course, you travel home for the holidays, but you are also more likely to visit new places. By being an expat you’re already more open and adventurous when it comes to things like travel because your horizons have already been broadened. And you’re probably going to be able to visit different places all over the world.
I hope you can relate to the reasons I mentioned. What is your favorite thing about being an expat?
Little Miss Expat