Living abroad is one of the few experiences that can profoundly alter a person. People relocate and work outside of their home countries for a variety of reasons, including as a great way to fly the nest and develop independence.
It is more difficult to assume your new identity as a resident of a foreign country, or an expat once you have arrived. The pleasures of going abroad are enormous, but they also come with their own set of unforeseen problems and difficult moments. This is true for everyone who has been there, done that, and lived to fall completely in love with a new place.
What is an expat?
Who or what is an expat, anyway? An expatriate, or expat, is an individual living and/or working in a country other than their country of citizenship, often temporarily and for work reasons. An expatriate can also be an individual who has relinquished citizenship in their home country to become a citizen of another.
What is it like being an expat?
Although no two expat experiences are ever the same, it’s safe to say that there are some general issues you’ll probably run into as you join the expat community. Thus, whenever you eventually bid farewell to home for months (or years) at a time and cross the vast world that surrounds us, this is what you really must look forward to!
We have put together ten things to know before becoming an expat.
We can help
Moving abroad can be both exciting and daunting. We’ll do all we can to support the logistical and emotional needs of you and those moving with you. Our full suite of services from origin to destination is designed to help you go knowing and start living as soon as you arrive.