As expats, we choose to live the life of an adventurer, trail blaze, take jobs in countries out with our own culture, carve a life well-lived, full of new experiences and grow beyond our wildest dream. But it doesn't come without its stressors, complications, and headaches to keep the dream expat life alive!
Immigration is an expat's most significant hurdle and a constant reminder on our to-do list. It is always in an expats way and requires a lot of work no matter which country in order to stay in the desired country of choice. Perhaps you have a good job which sponsors you, then you are one of the lucky ones, but if you are like the many that embark on the expat lifestyle, opening businesses or falling in love, visa and immigration become part of your life.
Language & cultural barriers are massive curve balls that expats face, and expats must ride the wave of culture shock until expats fully accept and immerse into their new surroundings. Even then, hurdles and social isolation can still occur.
Loss of support from family and friends is one that some expats don't experience, as some expats may not have a strong family connection and quickly make friends in their new home. However, there is that saying 'there's no place like home', and every expat at times will meet challenges or go through something in their new country where they feel alone, misunderstood or unsupported.
Financial stress can be the worst form of stress that an expat goes through. You may have a well-paying job or run your own business, yet global instability, economies, and governmental changes threaten financial stability and are out of an expat's control.
Retirement may pray on your mind as an expat as the country you reside in may not be supported or care for the elderly like your country of origin.
Her Expat Life has top tips for living and managing a stress-free expat lifestyle!
1: Get immigration advice and plan before living in your new country! Figure out the best visa for you. Knowledge is power, and seeking out those in the know will help your transition to the expat life manageable!
2: Live like a local and mingle with them for cultural immersion. Befriend natives in your new country and hire a language tutor (if needed) so you can navigate and converse in your new country.
3: For Financial security, the best advice is to live below your means and save as much as possible. Keeping up to date with all local and international news, current events, politics, and the economy play vital roles in our lives and choosing professions or businesses carefully will ensure that you will have financial stability.
4: Hire Her Expat Life to plan, execute and offer support from idea to dream life! Advance your global lifestyle with ease and precision.
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