9 Reasons Every Millennial Should Totally Live Abroad in Their 20’s

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Our 20s are a time where a lot of us experience true independence for the first time. Sure, most people's college years were “independent” enough, but most of us were still bringing garbage bags full of laundry to Mom and Dad's house over the weekend and asking them for a little help when we ~accidentally~ couldn't pay off our credit card bill at the end of the month. While real, genuine, 20-something-year-old independence can be reached in any town in any state in the U.S., there's nothing that says, “I'm actually a real adult, now” like living in a foreign country. Being separated from your whole family, and usually, most of your friends can be a daunting experience but honestly — there's nothing more worthwhile than packing all your junk into two tiny suitcases and hopping on a nine-hour flight with no return flight booked.

Personally, I'm currently packing to move back to the US after living abroad in London for three years. I moved here when I was 18, so it was a straight jump into adulting. The experience of living abroad has done more for me than I ever thought possible and taught me things I never would've learned stateside.Everybody says it, but living abroad really does change you. Everyone has the opportunity to live the abroad lifestyle, you just need to take the leap. I promise you, whatever it is that's holding you back is not worth it. If you need a little bit more convincing, keep scrolling to see 9 reasons every 20-something-year-old needs to book that one-way ticket to Europe — or Asia — or Australia — or Africa — or South America… ASAP.