There are many reasons why people decide to move to another country. And while no migration journey is created equal, we all experience feelings of hope, fear, melancholy, and excitement to varying degrees.
Ultimately, moving overseas is complex, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Today, we want to talk about all the reasons why people move to another country and start over. We hope you’ll find some inspiration for your own journey, whether you’re halfway there or just starting.
If you’re looking for success stories, people who have moved to another country without a job or even without money and have made it, we recommend checking out our The World We Share series.
So, without further ado, let’s talk about why people leave their homes in search of something more.
1. For work
Be it because your current employer offered you an opportunity to work overseas or because a foreign company has recognized your talents, work is a common reason people decide to move to another country. Or maybe you’re planning on finding a job upon arrival.
Regardless of your situation, moving for work is a great opportunity to show not only a future employer but yourself that you’ve got what it takes to rise above.
Our motivational quote: “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.” — Marissa Mayer
2. To study
Many migrant journeys begin at the hands of education. In fact, through education is where we first begin to travel, even if only in our heads. Learning opens our minds to new possibilities and allows us to gain second-hand experience. When you move abroad to study, you amplify the amount of things that you’ll be learning.
All of a sudden, you’re immersing yourself in a new culture. You might start picking up a new language. But, most importantly, you find the parts of yourself that carry over no matter where you go. In fact, parts of yourself can even grown to become something completely different from what you imagined.
Our motivational quote: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ― Henry Miller
3. For a change of pace
Perhaps our hometown is too crowded or too quiet. A change in scenery can bring about a change in pace, which in turn can give you the peace of mind or the energy that you need.
Although not the easiest route, moving abroad can definitely get you out of a rut and into a new routine that works for you.
Our motivational quote: “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” ― N.R. Narayana Murthy
4. To provide for their families
It could be for your children, your parents, or even your community as a whole. Sometimes, when we’ve maxed out the opportunities available in our home countries, we must go elsewhere to truly build that life we crave, both for ourselves and for our loved ones.
Although providing for them fills you with joy and pride, the price you pay is being apart. However, at Ria, we believe that distance is no match for love, especially for people like our customers who constantly look for ways to be there for those they care about, no matter if there’s an ocean in between.
When the going gets rough, remember that, through your sacrifice, you’re lifting up your family. And one day, you’ll be reunited and better off than at the start of your journey.
Our motivational quote: “Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” – Brad Henry
5. For a fresh start
In some cases, you just can’t put your finger on it. It could be your sense of adventure or your need to leave everything behind. Ultimately, this is about proving to yourself that you can stand on your own two feet.
Our motivational quote: “It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. For a change of climate
Whether for pleasure or for better health, our bodies might need a change of climate. If you’ve grown up in the tropics, you might want to see snow for the first time. If you suffer from asthma, you could benefit from a warmer climate.
The good news about moving for a change of climate is that you’ll get an immediate payoff. Either your mood or your health will improve upon arrival. At the same time, your willingness to embrace change and reap the benefits of your new home will help you stay positive. And we all need some positivity if we’re looking to succeed!
Our motivational quote: “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” — William Shakespeare
7. To reunite with loved ones
After our long journeys, we get to reunite with those we care for. Perhaps you’ve managed to save up enough to bring over your spouse, your children, or even a parent. Or maybe it’s your children who are following in your footsteps out of their own accord. It might even be that you’re on your journey back.
Whichever the reason, there are sure to be many emotions surrounding this big move. While they can be overwhelming at times, try to channel all those feelings into continued perseverance and care. Our journeys are never really over. Thus, continue showing up as your best self at every turn.
Our motivational quote: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” — TS Eliot
And there you have it! Seven reasons why people decide to move to another country, and a little touch of wisdom to help you on your journey. At Ria, we are proud to support the millions of migrants around the world who overcome complexity, language barriers, and distance to create a better life for themselves and their families.