March 9, 2021

What I Dislike About Living Abroad (After 20 Years in 60 Countries)

What I Dislike About Living Abroad (After 20 Years in 60 Countries)

In this podcast, I talk about what I hate (more like strongly dislike) about living abroad while sharing stories and examples of how moving to a foreign country has challenged me, caused me to miss out on important events back home, and has made me...


In this podcast, I talk about what I hate (more like strongly dislike) about living abroad while sharing stories and examples of how moving to a foreign country has challenged me, caused me to miss out on important events back home, and has made me feel like an outsider. I speak on my experience struggling with cultural adaptations, dating, dealing with homesickness, and so much more.

 

In all honesty, living abroad isn’t always a magical, euphoric part of life. Traveling comes with many challenges and difficulties! There’s always going to be bumps in the roads, so it’s important to prepare for them if you can. 

 

The insights and challenges I share with you in this podcast will help you in preparing to live abroad. Although there will be challenges to overcome, the positive aspects of moving to a foreign country greatly outweigh the negatives.

 

For the best things about living abroad, be sure to listen to Episode 97 of Badass Digital Nomads (if you haven’t already), where I explain everything I love about living abroad

 

TOPICS DISCUSSED/WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The worst thing about living abroad: Physical distance/separation from friends and family (homesickness)
  • FOMO and missing life events (birthdays, weddings, babies, etc.) 
  • The hard work it takes to maintain relationships back home
  • Saying goodbye and making new friends that you won’t see for long 
  • The difficulty of dating as an expat living abroad
  • The struggle of fitting in and feeling like an outsider
  • The possibility of experiencing discrimination or racism
  • Steep learning curves and frustrations that come with moving to new places
  • Getting ripped off, scammed, and stolen from frequently in foreign countries
  • Language barriers and communication difficulties
  • Being asked about politics and becoming the spokesperson for your country
  • Paying U.S. taxes when you’re not living in the U.S.
  • Confusing or losing your sense of self

 

RESOURCES

 

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Kristin Wilson

Host of Badass Digital Nomads and YouTube's Traveling with Kristin

Kristin Wilson is a long-term digital nomad and location-independent entrepreneur who has lived and worked across 60 countries in 20 years. Since founding a fully-remote, international relocation company in 2011, she has helped more than 1,000 people retire or live abroad in 35 countries. Today, she helps aspiring remote workers, digital nomads, and expats achieve their lifestyle goals through her YouTube channel (Traveling with Kristin) and podcast, Badass Digital Nomads.
 
Kristin is a Top Writer on Medium and Quora in the topics of business, travel, technology, life, productivity, digital nomads, and location independence. She has been featured on The Today Show, Bloomberg Businessweek, ESPN, The New York Times, WSJ, Huffpost, HGTV’s House Hunters International, and more.