Moving Abroad for a New Perspective

We’re rapidly approaching the new year, and you might be considering your new year’s resolutions in advance. This is brilliant! Most of the time, we come up with resolutions out of thin air as the clock chimes midnight, only to have forgotten them by the next day. By planning ahead, you get to the venture more thought and yourself time to become settled on it. So, where should you start? Maybe you could try more exercise? Perhaps you could kick a bad habit… Resolutions are supposed to change your life in a positive way. So why not go for something bold? Something to remember. Something that will truly make a difference! Well, changes don’t get much bigger than moving abroad, and there are so many positives that can come hand in hand with the new perspective that this experience will provide you with. So, whether you plan to move for a couple of months or make things more permanent, here are a few places to consider and lessons that they might teach you.


If you’re looking for culture, Indonesia is home to culture en mass. This Southeast Asian nation is comprised of thousands of small, volcanic islands and is home to almost as many different ethnic groups. By visiting the different areas, you will expose yourself to numerous languages, cuisines, rituals, and other social and cultural phenomena. Perhaps start out with Jakarta – the region’s capital. Located on the island of Java, Jakarta is the centre of Indonesia’s economics and politics. With a population of over ten million individuals, you’re bound to meet some interesting people, perhaps making true friends for life! A huge lesson that moving to Jakarta will teach you is patience. When you visit many of the world’s major cities, you often romanticise the spaces. Jakarta, on the other hand, is relatively noisy, polluted, and can prove overwhelming at first. However, once you have settled in, you will begin to unearth its many charms. If you are looking for somewhere a little more rural, you may want to consider another place. Rural Indonesia can be extremely difficult to integrate into, especially if you are used to the privileges of a Western lifestyle such as easy to access healthcare. Instead, opt for a smaller city. Why not consider Bogor? This is near enough to Jakarta to realistically be considered a suburb, but it is also the third largest city in Indonesia itself. It has a higher elevation than Jakarta, and thus the climate is a little more desirable. While temperatures will still be warm, there will be lower humidity. Despite being a city, Bogor is an extremely natural place to live. It has a beautiful botanical garden and a presidential palace with sprawling lands that play host to herds of tiny deer. Take a look at the types of housing available to you in the area at


For years, films and the media have portrayed Italy through rose-tinted spectacles. So is it all that it’s cracked up to be? Well, the only way to truly know is to try it out yourself! There are numerous benefits to living in Italy. But let’s start with one of the most obvious: the food. The Italian food that we serve up in our restaurants doesn’t have a patch on the original. Delicious pizzas, pasta, and other traditional dishes will make you question how you ever survived on anything else. Italy also has astounding supermarkets, with full spreads of fresh fruits, vegetables and cheese. What’s more? The country enforces strict food standards laws, ensuring that use of preservatives and colourings are kept to a minimum. The downside? While goods that are made or grown in Italy are cheap, everything else that is imported tends to have a relatively hefty price tag. Now, for accommodation. You’re going to want to know where you’re living, after all. Housing in Italy tends to be old and relatively small. It’s also pretty expensive. But your money does tend to go towards good service. Properties are generally well maintained, and when something breaks, landlords tend to be some of the fastest to resolve the problem. In terms of transport, the roads are pretty dangerous. Confusing rules and numerous erratic drivers can frequently result in problems, particularly if you are unfamiliar with your surroundings. Public transport links, on the other hand, are brilliant, with services connecting everywhere between the North and the South for an affordable fare. The lesson that living Italy is likely to teach you is that for every negative aspect of life, there’s a brilliant one that more than compensates for the first’s faults.

New Zealand

It seems like increasing numbers of people are opting to move to New Zealand. So what’s drawing them to this relatively small country in the South Pacific? Well, like its neighbour Australia, New Zealand is renowned for its laid-back ethics. The country is renowned for its ethos of life being for living and this is reflected in the balanced lifestyle that most of its inhabitants take on. The country is forward thinking, well developed and well connected. It has a whole host of career opportunities and chances for advancement. However, great emphasis is placed on ensuring that you only work allotted hours before returning home to spend quality time with your friends or family. You are entitled to over twenty days off every year to kick back and relax and do whatever takes your fancy. Did we mention that your commute is likely to be shorter, as there’s less traffic? You can expect to leave your workplace and be home at a decent hour! Along with the country’s low crime rates, uncrowded communities and easy-going ways, it’s not surprising that the people living here tend to suffer from less stress. Besides the general lack of pressure, there’s also astounding scenery to sink back into. Search for images of New Zealand and one thing will strike you in particular: how pure and clean everything looks. You can revel in nature, visiting waterfalls, natural lakes, and mountains without having to travel excessively far. Believe it or not, there are also rainforests, black sand beaches, white sand beaches, planes, geysers, mud pools, and hot springs. The profound diversity of the landscape is immense for such a relatively small place. So, if you’re currently stressed and overworked, open your eyes to the fact that life doesn’t have to be lived in this way to be productive and rewarding.

When it comes to getting a new perspective on the world, you may have to take a step outside of your comfort zone. Sure, you know these places exist. You can read about them all day if you like. But to get a real taste for how different life can be in different places, you’re going to have to take the plunge and experience different countries, landscapes, and cultures yourself. A holiday may well be a good taster, but really consider living in each of these places for an extended period of time. Not only will you learn a lot about others, but you will learn so much about yourself in the process too! Every country or city you come into contact with will have a different lesson to endow you with. These are just three different places that we’ve listed. There are so many more out there! So, do your research, book your flights, and throw caution to the wind. Make your new year’s resolution to spend a long period of time in a country other than your native one!

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