When a person you know is living abroad, you have a picture in your mind of how his life must be. Most of us are guilty of judging by appearances. Just like everything in life though, there are a lot of misconceptions about our overseas foreign workers.

Life abroad is lonely

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There’s no reason to get lonely.

It’s 2017, people. Gone are the days when your Dad, your Mom, or any relative living abroad used to send those tearful cassette tape recordings. Remember when you used to also record a reply and your sister is shouting her request over your shoulder, drowning out your voice? Thankfully, we now have social media, and you can even do a video call over Facebook messenger. Everyday. Or every hour, if you can.

You are rich if you work overseas

This is what our impression is for people who work overseas. That they are cash rich because their salaries abroad are several times over what we receive in our home country. While this is technically true, it is also true that their expenses would correspondingly be several times more expensive than what we are used to.

You can retire early once you bag that job abroad

Yes, you can. But it does not mean that you will be living in comfort. I know of a lot of overseas workers who continue to work abroad even after building a comfortable nest egg. There are also a lot of overseas workers who retired early and established a business. Having your own business is also work, and more often than not, it is harder work. Why? Because it’s your own money, and nobody will take care of your own business better than you do.

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You want to give your family a bright future.

You won’t have another person to rely on, just like you relied on your co-workers back when you were working for an employer.

Their lives are easy.

While you can do video calls daily, there is no substitute for physically being there for your family. You will not be present for your baby’s first step, or the first time that she turned over in her bed, or give a hug to your crying child. What you can give them, though, is a bright future.