Common Misconceptions About Living Abroad
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When a person you know is <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/top-5-tips-before-working-abroad/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">living abroad</a>, 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.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Life abroad is lonely</span></h2> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-4784 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="682" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-247195-1-1024x682.jpg" alt="misconception living abroad" class="wp-image-9756" title="misconception living abroad" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-247195-1-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-247195-1-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-247195-1-768x512.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-247195-1-1200x800.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-247195-1.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>There&#8217;s no reason to get lonely.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 <a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/ofw-social-media/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">social media</a>, and you can even do a video call over Facebook messenger. Everyday. Or every hour, if you can.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">You are rich if you work overseas</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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. </span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can retire early once you bag that job abroad</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <div class="wp-block-image size-medium wp-image-4785"><figure class="alignright size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="682" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-236243-1024x682.jpg" alt="misconception living abroad" class="wp-image-9759" title="misconception living abroad" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-236243-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-236243-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-236243-768x512.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-236243-1200x800.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-236243.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>You want to give your family a bright future.</figcaption></figure></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their lives are easy.</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p>