Living abroad isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. It is hard. There are days that I think “Why on earth did I do this?!” Normally it’s the days where I look at my account balance and realise that I am not making rent this month. Granted I have picked one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, but still…
Working in London is not for the faint hearted – with the minimum wage being half of what it is back in Australia and the cost of living is double. It brings a whole new meaning to ‘being thrifty’.
People have this notion of what living abroad will be like. I had it too. I thought it was going to be fun and adventurous and I was going to be doing all this travel. But it really hasn’t been like that at all.
To be fair, I have only been ‘living abroad’ for three months, so I don’t have authority to say what it is like long term. However, setting yourself up in a new city, in a new country, in a new hemisphere is not easy.
These are the things people don’t tell you about living in London;
-Don’t expect your all weekends to be exciting and adventurous.
-You will work a lot for not very much.
-You will spend a fortune just to get to work and back.
-Your friends and family will call you expecting crazy stories and all they’ll get from you is “Nothing, just working”
-The majority of your income will go towards rent.
-All those travel plans you had before you left home, probably wont happen.
-Home sickness is real, and some days will make you not want to get out of bed.
-Finding work is not as easy as you might think.
-You will start talking to your friends back home less and less.
Don’t get me wrong, this is the best decision I have made in my life, I love this city and I love the person I have become in the last three months. This is only the beginning. Things will change.
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