Adulting / Living Abroad

There’s a lot to learn how to do all over again.

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It doesn’t matter if you were a pro at all those things in your home country because everything will be different in a foreign country.

Yes, there will be similarities, and you will learn the differences quickly. But, you will still need to learn the best place to grocery shop, the best method of transportation to get around (bus, subway, taxi), and the currency (so you know when something is overpriced).

And, on top of discovering all those things, you will need to learn a foreign language.

AND, while you are learning ALL that, you also need to deal with homesickness and culture shock (at least for the first few months).

Now, I’m not saying all this to scare you. I personally have been loving my experience living abroad. I’m telling you all this so you know what’s coming: A LOT OF WORK AND DEDICATION! But, it’s 100% worth it.

Yes, there will be ups and downs. There will be days where you won’t want to speak the language (you’ll get tired of needing to train your brain in a foreign language everyday). There will be days where you’ll just want to do nothing. But, those days are the best because they will teach you the most.
If you power through those days, you will realize how worth it, it is, to learn to adult/live in a foreign country.
It will make it that much easier for your return to your home country. Adulting/living in a foreign country is an amazing, life-changing experience.

It really is LIFE-CHANGING because after you live in a foreign country for more than 2 or 3 months, your view of everything changes. But, the only way to understand this life-changing experience is to live it yourself!
So, step out of your comfort zone & live this amazing experience!

Thanks for reading!

I hope this inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and change your perspective!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊


P.S. I just completed my second months of living abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
CHECK OUT THE LINK BELOW TO SEE SOME OF MY ADVENTURES, WHILE LEARNING NEW THINGS AND LIVING A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE:


https://youtu.be/G5h00mML3RY

Day 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina! 

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My first 24 hours here were a whirlwind of emotions. I couldn’t believe that I was actually here (it seems too surreal). I was so happy that I finally made it!
But, after the initial feeling of amazement and happiness, the culture shock hit me. 
I didn’t know what to feel or what to do.
I couldn’t remember why I wanted to come here in the first place.
I was afraid to speak Spanish to ask for directions, and as a result, I would get lost a lot
I would shut down in the middle of the street, and basically cry because I didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going. (I felt lost and alone.) 

In summary, my first 24 hours were filled with all the ups and downs of culture shock.

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Now that I’ve been here for more than 48 hours, I am much more confident in my Spanish (I actually want to speak it), I know my way around the city much better now, and I’ve learned that it’s completely normal to feel culture shock.

So, my advice for anyone traveling to a completely new country (especially for the first time) is to know that culture shock is completely normal (even if it’s your millionth time traveling abroad)
Everyone will feel it differently, and every country will be a different type of shock because there’s always at least one thing that changes.

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All that to say that, I am absolutely loving Argentina, my new found perspective on things, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the next 3 months hold.

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Thanks for reading! 

Follow this blog for updates when I upload a new post from my next adventures
(I promise, it will be more exciting than this one)!
And, click HERE to check out the video from my trip getting here!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Hope For Your Future…

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
-Robert H. Schuller

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So, before I begin, I should start by saying that I don’t know the person who said that quote, but, when I read it, I immediately remembered one of the main reasons why I made the decision to live here, in Chile, for 3 months.

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I knew that living here was going to be very different, and I would have to adapt to a lot of new things.
I also knew, from experience, that travel teaches amazing & valuable skills & knowledge and it helps with (mental, physical & spiritual) growth.
So, let’s just say that I wasn’t exactly terrified of this trip, and making this decision was pretty easy for me because I love traveling anyways. But, I still had some doubts in me about this decision (like, was it even the right one?). And, the only thing that kept me from letting doubt win was the excitement of travel, and knowing that I was doing something that would better myself and my future.
I knew deep down that this trip was going to shape me and my future in some amazing way, and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to travel more, grow more and shape my future.

Traveling shapes us in a way we don’t realize,
until we come home & see what changed in our minds!

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That quote is a good reminder to have faith in your future, and to not let today’s hurts and fears stop you from accomplishing your dreams.
It reminds you that, how you feel today does not define your future because if you keep hoping, praying and working, your dreams will become reality and you will be able to say that you accomplished your goals.
It reminds you that even though traveling has tough moments (culture shock, fear of flying, fear of the unknown, etc.), it’s all worth it in the end because you’re working towards creating a better you and a great future for your better self. And, in that future, culture shock, flying & fear of the unknown will not be as foreign to you.
You might even, actually, start to love those aspects of traveling (I know, I definitely have).

Hurts only last for a period in time!
But,
Hopes can lasts forever (as long as you never lose your hope)!

So, whatever it is that’s stopping you from doing something amazing, put it aside and let your hope and faith in your future guide your decision because being hopeful is much better than being fearful.

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to go out & live your dreams because you should never let your hope fade & your hurts win!

Kill the hurts & fears by letting your hopes & dreams shape your future!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

A cup of coffee…

A different type of post that I haven’t done yet on this blog, but I wanted to try it out.
Let me know what you think in the comments (when you finish reading).

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I’m just going to write what-ever and how-ever I would, as if we are best friends just casually meeting for a cup of coffee to catch-up. Here’s what I would tell you:

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Hey! 🙂
So, as you probably know, I am currently living in Chile and I am loving every second of it. But, I didn’t always feel this way.
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A few weeks before this trip, I was super excited and I couldn’t wait.
And, then, I went to drop off my uniform and keys at work (where I worked for almost 8 months), and that’s where it really hit me.
I was just working at this job, waiting for something better to come my way. And, now, it was finally happening.
I was quitting my job to go live in another country (that’s been an item on my bucket list for a while and I was finally going to fulfill this life-long bucket list goal)!
But, although I was VERY excited, I kept thinking:
Am I ready for this new adventure? This is something I’ve never done before? I mean, sure I’ve lived in another province and traveled to many different countries, but, that was still in my home country or with people I knew. This was completely new, different and alone, What is it going to be like?

I had no idea what to expect.
I was nervous and excited and anxious, all at the same time!
But, I was leaving in a few days, and I was ready!
Nothing was going to change my mind.
I wanted to experience this new adventure, no matter how nervous or anxious it made me!

And, although, I was nervous, I used those nerves to keep me excited until I got on that first plane on my way to Chile. And, although I’ve been on many planes, that plane ride was probably the most confusing one for me because I was excited and nervous (I’ve never been nervous on a plane before this moment). Because I just knew that once I landed, there was no turning back (I’m not one to give-up, I was going to experience this journey until the end). I would just have to fight through any culture shock that came my way (this was harder than I thought for the first few days/week).
But, I kept reminding myself:

“Don’t be afraid of the unknown; It won’t be unknown forever, just take that step into it and learn about it!”

So, that’s what I did every time I felt culture shock; I learned something from it.
And, since that confusing travel day, I’ve been living here for exactly one month today.
And, I can definitely say that living in a new country is VERY exciting (I’m loving it so far).
But, it also has it’s tough moments.
The biggest moment for me was the language, although that’s also the reason why I’m here (to practice and learn more Spanish). Sometimes it can be frustrating to learn a new language because people will want you to speak their language, but they will also make fun of you for your accent and the mistakes you make.
But, I’ve learned that, that’s just part of learning and becoming fluent in a new language.

“Laughing with others at your own accent & mistakes will help you learn so much more (about yourself, the language & the culture).”

And, today, after living here for one full month, I can really say:
“This new adventure has been amazing so far. I’m so glad that I didn’t let those nerves stop me from coming here, & that I didn’t give up when the language got too difficult because this is definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken (and I still have 2 months to go). I’m SO excited for the next 2 months”.

…And, that’s what I would say…


Thanks for reading!

I hope this post inspired you to get over what-ever fears you have about traveling because I promise you that it will be the best decision you ever will ever make.

Now, it’s your turn:
If we met for coffee, What would YOU tell ME? (comment below or email your answer, whichever way you prefer to chat)

-LiveForAdventure! 😊