Breaking Free from Hustle Culture

The Allure of Living Abroad for Americans

Erik Blair
7 min readSep 23

Photo by Zachary Keimig on Unsplash

The American Dream — that glittering, damn seductive idea that if you just bust your ass enough in the good ol’ US of A, you’re bound for success. Well, let me spill a secret — that dream — is bullshit!

The United States is starting to look a little tarnished around the edges. Wait, let’s be honest. Most of the what is affectionately called “America” is now a shithole country.

A lot of folks are now squinting past Uncle Sam’s backyard, wondering if maybe — just maybe — there’s more to life than the nine-to-nine, 80-hour a week grind.

Hell, maybe there’s an entire world out there. Northern Europe with its cozy coffee shops and endless summer nights; Southern Europe’s lazy afternoons and wine-soaked dinners; and then there’s Southeast Asia, a chaotic dance of colors, scents, and sounds. People are asking; Is life greener on the other side?

Strap in. We’re about to take a little journey and find out.

The Drawbacks of Living in the USA

Ah, America. Land of the free, home of the brave, and headquarters of the bloody relentless hustle.

The U.S., let’s be brutally honest, is basically one giant, sprawling corporation, obsessed with the almighty dollar and run by suits more concerned with stock prices than human lives. It ain’t some utopia brimming with glitz, glam, and easy living for the everyday Joe and Jane. Nope. It’s more like a relentless, gritty scramble for the leftovers, a place where you’re left hoping the grind doesn’t chew you up and spit you out before you see the golden years.

But let’s pull back that star-spangled curtain for a moment and get real.

Economic Strains

You ever tried living in a big city like New York or San Francisco without selling a kidney? It’s a wallet-draining circus. Rent that feels like daylight robbery, medical bills that make you think twice about that weird pain in your side, and don’t even get me started on student loans. Damn. If those loans were a person, they’d be that creepy ex that just won’t let go.

The Relentless Hustle Culture

Erik Blair

Writer, technologist, web dev, consultant, loves travel