We hear this question from friends, family, friends of family and some family of friends…
Anyway, the point is, there are people who are amazed a person would become an expat (or want to become an expat). I do understand why there are such people. And that’s one of the big reasons for this website – to inform you why, and more importantly how you can be an expat, too.
So, How Hard Is It? Will I Fail?
The hardest part is not doing it. I will tell you that Regret is a bitch. It’s a whole lot easier to just try. Regardless whether you live abroad for 1 month or 10 years, there is no failure in becoming an expat. If you uproot yourself and live abroad for 1 month, you have still lived abroad – hence, Success.
Need a reason to become an expat? Here are the most popular:
• “I have no job. Now what?” – There are countries begging for English speaking workers.
• “I want to retire cheaply.” – Go retire for cheap in a country with a low cost of living.
• “Looking for adventure and whatever comes my way!” – Plenty of adventure abroad.
• “Wanted by the Man.” – “I understand extradition from Rio is very complicated.” (Fletch, 1984)
Other popular reasons for US citizens:
• Broadening children with new cultures, new languages, new sights.
• Making your first $92,000 tax-free from the US government (for 2009 tax year)
• Speaking of taxes, you get an extra 2 months to file. April 15th – No. June 15th – Yes!
• Finding that special someone.
“What is an expat?”
This is a fair question to ask, isn’t it? After all, we had better know who we’re dealing with before we set off talking at length about it.
Quick definition: An expatriate, or simply expat, is a person who moved away from their native country and adopted new residence in a different country.
Examples can be a Canadian teaching English in Korea, an American executive working in Czech Republic or a German retired in the Philippines.
Most importantly, this can be You. Any expat would agree – the experience makes for a more exciting, meaningful life. Visit here often and you will expat yourself.
For more definitions, Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster are glad to help.