You might be born in a certain town or city in a corner of the world but that does not have to be your address throughout your life. You can acquire a number of addresses in the course of your life through expat living. There are many factors that influence these decisions but one could always yearn to inhabit other places on earth, to breathe a different air, live amongst different communities before coming back to their native place if they wish to.
Some people like to make their roots deep while others like to explore. Modern day work and lifestyles make it possible for one to live and see other places. Many companies have transferable jobs which makes it possible for people and families to live and even become natives of other countries than their country of origin.
Expat living is different from being a tourist. When you are about to live as an expat in another country or nation, you need to follow certain rules and regulations. You will no longer be putting up in hotels but searching for an apartment or a home. Thus, there are many arrangements to be done and factors to consider which does not hinder the experiences of a tourist.
In expat living, you need to follow the norms of the city or country where you wish to live. From renting a place to finding schools for children, you need to find out the methods by which you can acquire a car, taxes that you need to pay, utility facilities and how to acquire them and so forth. Most modern cities have separate processes in place for expats in order to help them move in easily. Offices help their employees with the necessary paperwork and even to find a residence. Expat living for singles is a much easier experience than for families. However, after the initial hassles of moving in are handled, one can sit back and experience life in a new city, new country and new community.
Even if experiences are not pleasant in the beginning, the exposure to a new culture, different people and seeing new places bring together an unforgettable experience. It enriches one’s outlook towards life, realizing possibilities and points of view that one never thought possible. Every man is richer by his travel experiences which is unparalleled by any other. Seek out new vistas, take on a new adventure and enrich your life today.
Read more about an interesting girl I have just met – she is called Miss Tourist, but I would characterize her more as world citizen. Originally from Russia, she has lived in Italy, France, Egypt, USA and Thailand. She knows best what is it to be an expat, read more of her stories at misstourist.com!