Quotes About Living Abroad That Will Inspire Your Dreams

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Whenever I need some inspiration or thoughts that I cannot put into words, I often refer to quotes. I love quotes since these are usually better than I can say myself.

I cannot exactly explain how living abroad feels like whenever people ask me. I just know I like it, and it is so much different than living in your home country.

Because of that, I already have a long list of quotes about living abroad, and here are my favorites.

If you are contemplating whether you should start your life abroad, then these quotes about living abroad might help inspire your dreams!

Quotes About Living Abroad

Living and working in Sweden taught me different perspectives and experiences. It may sound scary to make the big move and have a fresh start in a completely foreign country, but sometimes this is exactly what you need.


Karen Lamb

This is one of my favorite quotes about moving abroad and can also be applied to anything in life. One of the things that scared me about living abroad is having to start over again. I know it’ll take years for me to fully settle in a new country, but this quote is perfect for that situation: a year from now you will wish you had started today.

After living in Sweden for a few years, I will soon apply for permanent residency. I never thought that it was that time already!


Dr. Henry Link


Bikram Choudhury

I often get messages asking if it is too late for them to move abroad. We have different circumstances; but, I think it is never too late for anyone to start from scratch. That’s why this is one of my favorite quotes about living abroad.

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When you move from one country to another you have to accept that there are some things that are better and some things that are worse, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Bill Bryson

I am lucky that I moved from the Philippines to Sweden. My quality of life in Sweden became way, way, way better.

Although it is hard to deal with the long nights during autumn and winter, I definitely enjoy the sun during spring and autumn.

When living abroad, it is normal to have some sacrifices that’s why you also need to weigh the pros and cons.

So, here you are. Too foreign for home, too foreign for here. Never enough for both.

Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Sweden is my new home, but I don’t feel totally at home here yet! I still don’t know the language (it’s my fault, I know!), I still don’t know how things work here. It’s difficult to find information as everything is in Swedish.

I work and live here, but I’m too foreign for here.

It will probably be the same if I go back to the Philippines. Everything will feel different!

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.

Hannah Arendt

This is definitely one of my favorite quotes about living abroad. I realized how much I have changed. I like exploring and getting to know more about what I really want and find my inner peace.

No one knows me here in Sweden, it’s not so hard to change my bad habits since no one but myself will remind me about my past self.

It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same. Even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

I haven’t been home since I moved to Sweden. I have always wondered what it would be like when I visit my family in the Philippines.

When my husband stayed for 6 months in Sweden, he mentioned that it felt different when he went back to the Philippines. I cannot imagine what it would be like for me since I haven’t been home for years!

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.

Clifton Fadiman

One of the reasons why I love traveling is because I get to learn more about different cultures. I know that I need to adjust based on the country’s social norms.

While it’s normal to not know everything, it is still good to know the basics when traveling to a new city!

Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.

Terry Pratchet

Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially.

Tom Freston

I just love it. I could spend my life arriving each evening in a new city.

Bill Bryson

The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped.

Adam Gopnik

Making a big life change is pretty scary. But know what’s even scarier? Regret.

Adam Gopnik

I studied and lived in Australia when I was 16. Even when I was younger, I have always wanted to move abroad. But, back then, I wasn’t strong enough. I went back to the Philippines sooner than I planned, and I regretted that decision for a couple of years.

It taught me that even though I want to move abroad, I need to overcome my fear. It took me almost 10 years to get that chance again, so when I did, I took the courage because I don’t want to have the same regrets again.

Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.

Judith Thurman

Our homes are not defined by geography or one particular location, but by memories, events, people, and places that span the globe.

Marilyn Gardner

You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place like you’ll not miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place because you’ll never be this way ever again.

Azar Nafisi

It is a bitter-sweet thing, knowing two cultures. Once you leave your birthplace nothing is ever the same.

Sarah Turnbull

The best way to travel abroad is to live with the locals.

Zach Braff

If you never go, you will never know.

You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.

Geoffrey Willians

The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Henry David Thoreau

Part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you page for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.

Miriam Adeney

Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.

Jodi Picoult

I hope you enjoyed reading these quotes about living abroad! It’s easy to think that living abroad is bliss, but sometimes it is twice as hard especially when you’re alone. It is worth it, though!

Let me know which ones are your favorite quotes about living abroad! I will keep adding my favorites.

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