The Low Down on Expats
I’m an expat, currently living overseas in Spain and loving the experience. I have had such a great time here, getting to be a part of a different culture, learning Spanish, trying all the delicious local tapas and foods and making a bunch of friends I wouldn’t have gotten to know at home. I feel that during my time in Barcelona I’ve learned so much about myself and the world around me. Beyond that, I’ve also been able to travel to destinations I probably couldn’t have dreamed of before coming here. It’s been a great adventure.
You might be surprised to learn how many expats that the UK has! People’s motivations for becoming an expat vary from person to person, although there are some common trends such as for work, money, love, family or to be in a better position to travel. There’s no right or wrong reason to move, just whatever suits you. Check out this awesome infographic to learn more about people’s motivations for becoming an expat, where they have headed and how long they’ve been gone for. It’s really interesting seeing it presented in this visual form.
The Barrier to Becoming an Expat
The truth is, sometimes becoming an expat can be hard. There’s a lot of organising of things at the beginning, such as finding a job, a local bank account, learning how to send money abroad and then establishing a group of friends and social life. It’s not all roses, but it ca be one of the best and most life changing experiences you’ll ever have.
Check out the infographic below and let me know if you have any questions about being an expat, I’d be happy to answer them.