Given the chance would you jump at the opportunity to divide your time living between two countries? or would you shudder at the idea? Sure there are disadvantages living a lifestyle like this but there are also plenty of advantages.
Perhaps you’re a dual citizen and are torn between your nations? Perhaps you and your partner are from different countries, like us? People live like this for many different reasons and either love it or hate it, we’ve loved many aspects of living between two countries and found it definitely does have its advantages.
Our favorite part of living this lifestyle is the freedom, you just feel totally free! You’re not tied down anywhere or to anything.
It’s like always having a backup plan, perhaps a little too easy in some respects. There is an awful lot of excitement in waking up one day and just thinking “let’s just do this, because why not? We only live once and we can” it’s the unknown which is thrilling although scary at the same time. Because you never really know what you’re in for, kind of like a lucky dip.
You make beautiful memories from all your adventures and experiences. Much more vast and different than if you’d just be in one place.
Spending time with everyone
Let’s presume you’re in the same situation as us. You either choose to live in one country or both, living in one country means that you miss one lot of family. If you switch and are living between two countries then you get to see all your families equally which is really lovely.
You can follow the summer
When summer ends in one place, just go to the other! It’s almost like living in an endless holiday, well it is really, just a working one. Leaving the Aussie winter for the Finnish summer and leaving the Finnish winter for the Aussie summer has worked great for us.
A few years back we left Finland in the middle of winter, rugged up in warm winter clothes on our way to Melbourne. When we arrived it was 42 degrees and our luggage was left in Singapore. It was AWFUL!…We found out the hard way, if you’re going somewhere warm ALWAYS put thongs and t-shirts in your carry on. I’ve had luggage left behind three times (I should’ve learned but I suppose the difference this time was going from -25 to +42) I got some weird looks in my uggs and thermals I can tell ya!
Everything is so new, different and refreshing. Even when returning time after time, everything still feels new all over again.
You’ll do things that you’ve never done before, immerse yourself in a different culture, live it breathe it, feel it, and experience all of it.
Great for your resume
Working overseas is a good way to spruce up your resume, employers quite often look at it as a bonus.
Learning new languages
It’s amazing learning new languages and it’s bound to happen if you’re living in a foreign speaking country. It’s honestly not as hard as you think to pick up enough to get by (it’s so easy to think it’s impossible though). Speaking the local language will open the door to more opportunities and if you go to courses you’ll meet a lot of people who are in similar situations to yourself.
Meeting new people
You’ll meet people from all walks of life, a much wider variety than you would living in one place. Hearing other people’s stories can be awe-inspiring and one of the single biggest motivators in life, there’s a good chance you’ll make everlasting friendships too.
Not having to miss out on things
The countries you live in may have nothing in common, and you may love certain aspects of one or both, say for instance beautiful sunny beaches.
You won’t have to say goodbye to them forever, you’ll still get to enjoy them. You may love to ski or play ice hockey, you can still enjoy these things too.
Favourable to seasonal work
If your work is seasonal you can go when it finishes and return when the season starts again. In industries that work this way it can be hard getting a job just for the off-season each year, so having a job to always go back to each season in either country is great and stress free too.
You don’t need to buy much
Spend your money on other things that are more important to you. Live in a hostel or furnished apartment, that’ll save you buying household items and furniture. Use public transport instead of buying a car.
Perks of both countries
Living between two countries means you’re able to get the perks both nations provide. Some things might be better to do in one country over another and living this way gives you the freedom to choose where to do things. Certain products/ options might only be available in one of those countries too.
For years I’ve wanted to get laser eye surgery and I’ve looked into getting it done in both countries, basically the services were the same but being able to choose where I wanted it done saved us thousands.
Having two homes
One of the greatest things about living between two countries is that you always feel at home in both places. Sometimes it’s nice to have more than one place to call home.
These are things that we’ve looked at as advantageous whilst living between our two countries. Do you bounce back and forth too? What aspects do you consider your advantages? and have you enjoyed it? Why don’t you let us know in the comments, it would be great to hear.