Oh I hated living in Europe back when I was younger, since it was far away from my ultimate dream destinations and I couldn’t accept that. Moving away out of Europe wasn’t an option back then, just like flying to my dream destination was. Years went by, and I began to love my country and Europe. I was proud that Brussels was named the capital of Europe. My country, my capital, the central point of Europe? Wow! And traveling in Europe? Fine by me, since there are a lot of transport taking you from A to B. But still, it remained expensive traveling to Canada/USA/Asia and let me just ignore Australia for a second. Jesus, how freaking expensive is that? Anyway, today I’m telling you the pros and contras of living in Europe. These are my pros and cons, and they can be different from someone else. Enjoy reading this article!
*Note; I live in Belgium, so I can only tell you my experiences living in this particular country. But since I have many readers living outside Europe, I thought it would be interesting telling you about Europe in general.
All seems one big family
Even though Brexit is a fact, Europe continues to resemble one big family. Whether it is through the close cooperation of the authorities, the Euro, or the good accessibility for traveling here: I just like it here.
Citytrips are closer
If you live in Europe, you are in no time in a different city in Europe. One city does, indeed takes you longer than the other. But it is certainly not that you’ll fly to the other side of the world. So I’m going to create a Europe tour for next year, it’s fairly affordable and you can see so much for less money.
A lot of transportation options
Whether you live in London or Budapest, or even in the smallest village in Finland; there is a immense transportation that takes you from A to B. I have this handy app, called InterRail, where you can buy budget passes for travel throughout Europe.
Almost everyone has the Euro
Not everyone has it, if it was, it would be a lot more convenient. I’m talking about the Euro. We, Europeans don’t need to exchange our currency (saves us a lot of money). If we decide to go to Paris, who stops us? At least not the currency.
Safety is a MUST-priority
You would probably don’t think this is right (because of the attacks and terrorism), but Europe is quite safe. Every effort is made to combat terrorism and maintain security. I’m already been in Paris (before the attack), and even then there were soldiers all around. And that’s the way it is in most major European cities.
A lot of diversity
You have a lot here; you have different architectures, a rich history of each country, mountains, seas, caves, etc. Actually a bit of everything. The beautiful, typical buildings are indeed different in each European country. So you have for example the Acropolis in Greece, the Eiffel Tower in France, the Atomium in Belgium, and the Colosseum in Italy. Each with details in it from the country itself.
With many countries in just one group, you’ll create many different religions. Most Europeans are Catholic. So you’ll encounter this religion most of the times. But along the way, there came other religions too. For example; Protestants, Orthodox, Jews and Muslims. Some are against this, and others find it just instructive.
Europe is known for its excellent healthcare. It is accessible for everyone, there are many hospitalization insurances and there are even grants. Each Europe country takes care of its own health care itself and adheres to laws and regulations.
Fuel is expensive
Apparently, fuel is much cheaper in the United States than here. And I don’t really like that fuel is expensive here. It’s so nice to make a road trip through Europe. There are beautiful landscapes and you can’t see these most of the time if you’re taking for example an airplane.
A lot of languages
I love languages. It’s beautiful, different and fun to listen to. But speaking it? Holy cow! You may learn all the European languages, I’m not going to stop you, but keep in mind that speaking just one language is a task itself. Luckily, most of the European people speak English too (pro). But it’s in most of the countries rude to not even try the local language.
There are many rules and laws here, so I’m not even going to write these all down. But if you do want to live here, then you must go through some serious procedures. Like, I know someone that lived outside of Europe and she wants to live here and now she needs to speak the language before getting a residence permit.
Life is expensive in general
Life is just so incredible expensive here. Maybe I’m used to it, but if someone from outside of Europe comes to here, I think he/she would have a problem. Mostly in Western Europe it’s expensive like hell; clothes, food, drinks; just name it. So be sure to read some tips before coming to here.
Do you want to live in Europe? Why/not?