Living Abroad Can Actually Make You Smarter. Here’s How

ROFL 08-04-2016

The thought of uprooting your whole life and moving to another country can be a terrifying idea. We’re all used to the way things are in the country in which we currently live, and experiencing life in another one is tough.

But as it turns out, living abroad 8 Best Android Apps for Expats Living Abroad Are you living abroad? Then you'll need these apps to help you out. Read More can make you smarter. It can expand your horizons and introduce you to a whole new world. Check out the infographic below for a look at how living abroad will improve your life!

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  1. Bob
    April 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I gotta agree with Danny on this. I've lived in three different countries myself and I can speak from my own personal experiences. The proofs presented here are either correlation or are dubious claims at best.

  2. Luise
    April 8, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I do live abroad, now permanently in two countries and soon to be 3.
    I agree with much in this graphic article.

    I was not happy to see that it was impossible to read for the first couple of minutes, thought it was my eyes going. What is the point of distortion?????!

  3. Anonymous
    April 8, 2016 at 5:47 am

    #1 - Sounds dubious. The "proof" seems like a case of post hoc ergo propter hoc. It can likewise be explained that people that lived abroad have innate personalities that are already adventurous and therefore more creative than the sedentary folks. What I'd like to see is causation, not mere correlation.

    #2 - The proof is based on a self-reporting survey. It's only marginally better than anecdotal evidence.

    #4 - Most of the world is already bilingual. I myself am trilingual. And I don't need to travel to learn my third language (english).

    #5 - Surely 40 vacation days spread throughout the year does not count towards living abroad in any appreciable degree. And do the French spend most of their vacation days living abroad in a different country with a different culture and language? Or do they just go to Switzerland to ski or the Belgium to... uhm, walk about?

    #6 - Planning travel? Well that ain't even real travel. Heck I'm planning to travel to Taiwan next month (just need to renew my passport), when will I feel an added boost to my self-awareness?

    • Tiago
      April 8, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Good points

  4. Anonymous
    April 8, 2016 at 3:23 am

    Wow ! Great research.