Some people spend most of their lives living close to where they were born.
What might be the reasons for this?
What are the advantages and disadvantages?
This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 16 General Training Test 3 Writing Task 2.
Some people live close to their birthplace most of their lives, possibly because they are put off by the risks involved in relocating far away. While this allows them to easily get support from their family, they may miss many opportunities because of it.
Those who do not move far away their entire lives may be afraid of taking risks. Relocating means a person will have to leave behind all the things they are familiar with in the area they have been living in and start a new life in another place. But what if they can’t find a job that pays them well enough to maintain their current lifestyle? What if they have trouble making new friends? It’s much safer to keep everything the same and not venture into an unforeseeable future.
Support from family could be the greatest advantage that a person can gain when living close to their birthplace. This is because it may well be where their parents are living. Therefore, when they lose their job and can’t pay rent, for example, they can just move in with their parents. When they have kids but can’t afford childcare, their parents can take care of the kids when they are working.
However, a person may lose many opportunities if they stay in the same area all their lives. Take, for example, computer science graduates who have been living in a city that is not a tech hub. How are they able to grow their career if they don’t move to places like San Francisco and New York City.
In conclusion, some people do not relocate far away from their birthplace probably because they are too concerned about the risks involved. Although this brings the benefit of family support, it can also result in them missing many opportunities.