Moving abroad is increasingly common. Many people move abroad for work, for relationships, or simply for an adventure. Some settle there for good, and some eventually return to their country of origin. However, there is also a trend of people who don’t just stop at one country, but repeatedly relocate to new countries. This is the habitual expat mindset explained by a guilty party: myself.
In honor of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we are taking a closer look at the average expat woman. Where does she live? Why has she moved there? What’s the state of her career? And is she happy abroad? Based on our Expat Insider survey, we can answer these questions and see if her experience of life abroad differs from that of her male peers.
Thinking of going overseas? Be aware: Visa applications, finding accommodation and getting a job abroad are not the only important preparations for taking such a big step. Moving to a foreign country can also put you under a considerable amount of emotional strain – but having the right attitude will get you far!
While most expats rent an apartment or house during their stay, you might be considering buying your own property abroad. InterNations has collected a number of tips for you on how to buy property overseas and what you, as a foreign buyer, might need to especially look out for.
Being an expat can bring a certain kind of loneliness. When you leave your home country, you tend to go away from your family, friends, and colleagues, and step into a new world where you are exposed to all kinds of challenges and difficulties. Let me offer three ways to get over that expat loneliness.
There are many types of transitions in life, from the smallest to the most significant. Moving abroad is one such significant change which brings with it multiple levels of stress, fears and worries. The way we manage this change can strengthen and prepare us for a new future.
Your application is an essential first step on the way to your dream job abroad. After all, this is the first impression your future employer will get of you. InterNations gives you an overview of what you need to keep in mind when planning your career overseas.
Students move abroad for their education and are very eager to learn the local language. While they’re highly educated and satisfied with their career prospects, their financial situation doesn’t seem too bright.
I'm a London girl. From the moment I was born until October 2010 when we left for Cyprus, I had lived almost every year of my life in London. Minus three years for university, that makes 19 years living in the same city. I had grown accustomed to its hustle and bustle, its variety of activities and options, and took for granted its transportation network.
Do you think that it is really a great thing to enjoy the best of several worlds? Ask a third culture kid and you may get to hear a mixed bag of answers. Whatever the opinion of a TCK, there is no doubt about the fact that being a TCK is a challenging and life-changing experience.
The signals were all around me. After a few months of being in India, my wife and I were invited to a dinner with a group of other expats. We had intentionally avoided these kinds of gatherings at first because we knew they could be addictive and also prevent us from really diving into the culture.
Getting comfortable in your job is all too easy but sometimes you have to work on yourself and develop new skills to stay successful. InterNations member Harlem has some advice on owning your personal development.
Knowing and understanding the unwritten rules of international business culture is important, whether you’re on a business trip or working abroad as an expat. The InterNations Expat Magazine summarizes a few key aspects of global business etiquette for you.
Are you an expat who’s in it for the long run? Getting to know your host culture and the neighborhood you live in is an essential step when turning your host country into a home. InterNations has some valuable tips for expats on long-term assignments.
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