Being an expat is hard sometimes, but luckily it is also amazing! It’s safe to say that the positive definitely outweigh the negatives. Carry on reading to discover 10 of the best things about being an expat!
First- A fresh start
In your new life as an expat, you have essentially chosen to start a new chapter of your story. You have to start all over again with finding new friends, looking for activities to do, creating a place you can call home… and the list goes on. The most important thing to remember is that all these experiences are extremely valuable and should be considered a fresh start- how exciting!
Second – Life Skills
As an expat, you will need to pick up some new skills in your new world. Skills like finding regular products you used and finding your way in the city. After some time in a new city, you will learn a lot about the area. Maybe you have to learn how to cook for yourself or how to rent accomodation. You learn new life skills from all these challenges!
Third – Expect the Unexpected
As you move your way through your new life as an expat, you must expect the unexpected as you familiarise yourself with your new area. After a while, you will learn to go with the flow and that means giving yourself the ability to just be in the moment and see each new experience as a gift! Once you are more settled in a city, you will start to feel at home and minor things that would have surprised or challenged you when you first arrived, will no longer bother you and may even go completely unnoticed.
Fourth – Broadening Your Horizon
So cliche! But, your horizon broadens not only physically but figuratively as an expat. Not only a new land to explore but also new opportunities and a new perspective and way of thinking. You can join us as our mission is to make the international life for expats easier!
Fifth – You Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
Being an expat means that you chose to make the big step and go abroad! Just laughing at the world and not taking anything too seriously. Not letting yourself be thrown off by little bumps in the road is just part of growing and evolving in your new place in the world!
Sixth – Friends in Many Places
Being an expat means having friends all over the world. They take you to special spots only locals know about, help you learn their customs and offer you support when your life abroad gets a bit overwhelming. And having friends scattered around the globe means that you’ll always have a place to stay wherever you go! You make friends for life!
Seventh – New Language
Obviously, learning a new language is a vital element to experiencing the fullness of the expat life. The great thing about learning the language of your host country is that it will take a lot less time to pick up due to constantly being surrounded by the local language.
Eight – Better Job
Sometimes the reason for becoming an expat are the job prospects or career opportunities in another country. A lot of the time you will be loved as an expat because you may have skills that locals are missing. If you are doing the same job as you were in your home country, working in your new environment may make your career seem like a new adventure and give you more insight between the different cultures.
Nine – Funny but Fascinating Misunderstandings
The differences in language and culture will be funny and eye-opening. Every country is different with different ideas of work, communication and time. You never know when your language is understandable for the local people. Sometimes you will find yourself in situations where the locals get you even when you don’t speak their language. Other times you will have to make more of an effort to engage with the local language, but it is definitely worth it and such a rewarding feeling!
Tenth – Self Discovery
You know what they say “The shortest way to yourself is living around the world”. You will get to know yourself in this adventure and you will develop a whole new you.