Moving abroad is something increasingly common. What for our parents supposed the decision of their lifes, nowadays it’s almost like going on a walk. The ease of movement within the European Union, the common currency and the job opportunities make the young people move from one country to another as if we were movingfrom one neighborhood to another.
How many people do you know that when they finished their studies they moved to London or Berlin? Certainly many. Either because of the lack of job opportunities in somecountries, the desire to learn a new language or because your inner hipster is screaming you to go to more European vintage market, moving to Europe is an increasingly popular option.
Keep the money under control
I assume that you already know (and if you don’t know, my innocent little angel, get ready) that when moving to cities like London or Paris you will automatically become a homeless whose main daily objective will behaving enough money to eat a sandwich.
You will have to be much more careful with your expenses and you will be always be broke until you get a more or less well paid job, and even then. Remember to use an app to send money which also serves to receive it in case of emergency.
Keep your ego under control
It’s possible that during the first weeks in your new city you experience an incredible rush of adrenaline, self-esteem and enthusiasm for living in general.
You will upload 5 selfies a day on Instagram, you will look for literature in the language of the country you are in, you get a second hand bike with a wicker basket that you will never use, you will buy a wool cap with snowy mountains sewn by hand even though it’s August, you will adopt a dog, go to barbecues with people from countries that you didn’t even know existed and you will decide that your life has changed forever. And it may be true.
But it’s also possible that when youhave already lived a few months there, the routine of your work will make everything more boring, being a foreigner will make you feel misunderstood, the cold European winter will make you miss your mother’s soups, the cap you bought won’t shelter you enough, your bike will have a rusty chain, your flat mates will hate your dog, you won’t understand anything about the local literature and you will be tired of hearing names of exotic countries you don’t care about.
Keep the language under control
This point will seem obvious, but you would be surprised to know how many people are able to live in a city for more than 5 years without learning a single word of the language, and that’s a mistake. A mistake for several reasons:
Your social life will be greatly diminished and limited to a group of expatriates who simply compare their country with the one they live in, and in the long term that getsboring. Professionally you will be tripping yourself, as you won’t be able to move in any direction because of your linguistic ineptitude. And in short, your stay abroad will have lost much of its meaning.
If you keep these 3 things under control you’re ready for the adventure of living in Europe. Good luck! You need it.