Sometimes the perfect words can help us find meaning, motivation and insight into ourselves and what we want in life.

Moving abroad is a monumental life changing decision. It has deep underpinnings to our sense of self, place in the world and dreams.

It is often hard to put into words why you want to move abroad and then when you finally do move abroad finding the right words to express what the experience is like can be challenging.

Moving abroad is an experience like no other and sometimes these enormous life choices can leave us feeling at a loss for words.

However, I have found that quotes can serve to enlighten and help people find language and meaning to what they are feeling and going through. Having this language can be extremely helpful in getting motivated, clear and encouraged about your own path forward.

Many of these quotes are from extremely wise and insightful people who have also embarked on their journeys abroad. We can learn from them and gain insight and encouragement from them through their enlightening quotes.


Making the Leap to Move Abroad…

Making the life changing decision to move abroad is a monumental decision. Almost everyone second guesses themselves and it take A LOT of courage to make the leap. The quotes below are wonderful reminders of how life is short and how making bold moves are what it’s all about!

Quotes On Making the Leap to Move Abroad…

You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C.S. Lewis

And suddenly you just know…It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings. – Meister Ekhart

Live your life. Take chances. Don’t wait. Because right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be. – Suzanne Collins

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spend working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain. – Jack Kerouac

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. – Steve Jobs

 Don’t let a good life get in the way of a great one. – Anonymous

Never be so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. – Dolly Parton

Life is short, and the world is wide. – Simon Raven

When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home. –  Rumi

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch

Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret. – Zig Ziglar

Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from. – Seth Godin

Life as an Expat…

Once you move abroad life as an expat is like no other experience in the world. It is remarkable and challenging all at the same time. It is hard to explain just what it is like until you have experienced it yourself.

If you have ever moved abroad you know that it changes you as a person. It changes who you are and your relationship to everything around you.

This quotes eloquently and vividly describe this one of a kind experience.

Quotes On Being an Expat…

I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses. – Bill Bryson

So, here you are. Too foreign for home, too foreign for here. Never enough for both.– Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Splendid to arrive alone in a foreign country and feel the assault of difference. Here they are all along, busy with living; they don’t talk or look like me. The rhythm of their day is entirely different; I am foreign. – Frances Mayes

Life might be difficult for a while, but I would tough it out because living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once. My understanding was that it completed a person, sanding down the rough provincial edges and transforming you into a citizen of the world. What I found appealing in life abroad was the inevitable sense of helplessness it would inspire. Equally exciting would be the work involved in overcoming that helplessness. There would be a goal involved, and I liked having goals. – David Sedaris

Why did I hope we would be happy abroad? A change of environment is that traditional fallacy upon which doomed loves, and lungs, rely. – Vladimir Nabokov

When you move from one country to another you have to accept that there are some things that are better and some things that are worse, and there is nothing you can do about it. – Bill Bryson

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. – Clifton Fadiman

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time. – Hannah Arendt

“You know what else is nice about being a foreigner? Whatever you do takes place in a capsule that need not be discovered and opened by someone back home. Nothing really counts – it was the life that falls in the forest. That’s how I looked at it. I felt free to…oh, I don’t know.” –Patricia Marx

All you will have is the present. Waste no energy crying over yesterday or dreaming of tomorrow. Nostalgia is fatiguing and destructive, it is the vice of the expatriate. You must put down roots as if they were forever, you must have a sense of permanence. – Isabel Allende

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other’s worth. – Robert Southey

The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped. – Adam Gopnik

You know what else is nice about being a foreigner? Whatever you do takes place in a capsule that need not be discovered and opened by someone back home. Nothing really counts – it was the life that falls in the forest. – Patricia Marx

Expats who can only criticize the country in which they choose to live are like a sailor who demands the wind blows only according to his skill. – Tony Crossley

Our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location, but by memories, events, people, and places that span the globe. – Marilyn Gardner Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.

You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, like you’ll not miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again. – Azar Nafisi

She had not thought it would be so easy to slip into the old roles. Cambridge and changed her fundamentally and she thought she was immune. No one in her family, however, noticed the transformation in her, and she was not able to resist the power of their habitual expectations. – Ian McEwan

It is a bitter-sweet thing, knowing two cultures. Once you leave your birthplace nothing is ever the same. – Sarah Turnbull

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. – Miriam Adeney

“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.” – Hannah Arendt

Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground. – Judith Thurman

Is there anything, apart from a really good chocolate cream pie and receiving a large unexpected cheque in the post, to beat finding yourself at large in a foreign city on a fair spring evening, loafing along unfamiliar streets in the long shadows of a lazy sunset, pausing to gaze in shop windows or at some church or lovely square or tranquil stretch of quayside, hesitating at street corners to decide whether that cheerful and homey restaurant you will remember fondly for years is likely to lie down this street or that one? I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city. – Bill Bryson

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.” Pascal Mercier

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” Roman Payne

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