We hope you have enjoyed this year’s Expat Life Interview Series, and we hope they have been helpful. A big thanks to our expat guests for sharing with us their in-depth expat experience and some expat tips. Feel free to click the links below to navigate other Expat Life interview series roundups.
Here’s another roundup of expat tips and advice for anyone looking to live and work abroad.
Sunrita: Indian expat living in Switzerland
1. Be open-minded and accepting of what comes your way. Settling in a new country is a two-way process. You give, you get!
2. Try to learn the language as much as you can. It helps ease your day to day life and makes the locals feel good that you are trying.
3. If you are a trailing spouse like me, finding a job may not be easy. So start applying ASAP or find a way to keep yourself busy.
4. Be positive – see this as a holiday for a chance to explore other European cities. Negativity only deters you from trying and being happy where you are.
Read more of Sunrita’s expat life experience in Switzerland.
Ruby: Indian expat living in Switzerland
E-D-U-C-A-T-E yourself very well before going to any country as an expat. It will make your stay more interesting and memorable!!
Elaborate or understand more about the Swiss culture.
Dedicate time to learn the local language – watch TV and listen to the local radio channel to get the grasp of the language.
Understand the local culture, the way of life and people.
Communicate with the locals as well as the expat community. Try to have a good balance between the two, it will make life easy…
Assurance for life – you are in the safest place with pure air, great community life, kids-friendly, value for money, job security, great education facilities for children…
Time management is the most important lesson for living in Swiss. You have to respect time, and people will automatically respect you…
Entertainment unlimited – As Switzerland is centrally located, you are well connected to all European destinations! You can be in the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Amsterdam, Brussels, etc. in short travel time. Heaven for both winter and summer activities – there is always something fun happening around here!!
Read more of Ruby’s expat life experience in Switzerland.
Hon. Pauline: Australian expat living in the USA
Be patient. Success takes time in the USA, even for the locals.
It’s a good idea to have insurance e.g. health, car etc.
Enjoy the journey to the fullest!
Read more of Pauline’s expat life experience in the USA.
Suzanne: British expat living in (South Africa and) Dubai
A: Visit the country you’re moving to, get a good idea of the cost of living. Don’t just look at the salary, find out how much housing is, cost of buying and running a car. School fees and extras, food, eating out etc. Get everything in writing/email from your future employers, otherwise, things won’t happen as promised.
Read more of Suzanne’s expat life experience in South Africa and Dubai.
Dee: Polish-American expat living in Egypt
A: Teachers, writers, and journalists are always in demand here, and I don’t think it’s difficult to find work in those fields if you’ve got some good experience. If you find work in Egypt while you’re abroad, the job will most likely pay better than if you come to Egypt and then look for work.
Read more of Dee’s expat life experience in Egypt.
Anu: Finnish expat living in London
A: Be prepared to make compromises in your living standards and work hard. Be realistic about your expectations. Have an open mind and you will get to experience some amazing things, meet wonderful people and live in one of the best cities in the world.
Read more of Anu’s expat life experience in London.
Maria: Trinidadian expat living in England
A: It’s common that people look for work via employment agencies because to have all your relevant original paperwork and visas for them to see. I’m old school, whenever I was looking for work I’d think of who I’d to work for, visit their website for vacancies, then apply directly to the organization.
Read more of Maria’s expat life experience in England.
Bryan: American expat living in Costa Rica
A: Living in a different county is just like moving to a new city. Don’t expect to know everything about it, even if you’ve done lots of research. Sure there may be different levels of barriers to overcome but you’ll be accustomed to it if you really want to. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and learning how to adapt is a big help for getting acquainted with a new location. You’ll be surprised at the similarities.
Read more of Bryan’s expat life experience in Costa Rica.
Have you thought about living or working abroad (sell your stuff, leave your house and move to another country)? If given the chance, where would you like to live? Why? If you are an expat, what other tips and advice can you give to those who want to live and work abroad? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.
The Expat Life Interview Series was created to know more about the country, not just from a traveler's perspective. We hope to help others who are thinking of working abroad to know how it is to live and work with the locals. If you are living and working abroad even for only a few months or several years and would like to be featured on Wellington World Travels, please Contact Us so we can send you the questions and you can share your expat life experience.
Booking a Flight. When finding cheap flights, we try a combination of search engines to ensure we’re not missing out on the best deals. We use SkyScanner, Expedia, Kiwi.com, Kayak, and Google Flights, then compare them to the prices shown on the airlines’ website.
Booking Accommodation. We prefer staying in hotels. Booking.com is our favorite when it comes to finding the cheapest rate. Again, it won’t hurt to check the hotel’s main website. They usually offer discounts for booking directly with them. For last-minute booking, check out HotelTonight. There are also other types of accommodation like Airbnb, hostel (Hostelworld has the largest inventory), and Couchsurfing.
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