We hope you all have been enjoying our 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. So, we want to share with you one of the series’ key points: tips and advice.
Here’s the roundup of expat tips and advice for anyone looking to live and work overseas.
Aditi: Indian expat living in Malaysia
“Malaysia is a great place to be in. It depends on the kind of work you are looking at. There are options for businesses, corporate set-ups and start-ups available. As long as you have your visa in place, there shouldn’t be an issue.”
Read more of Aditi’s expat life experience in Malaysia.
Taylor: American expat living in Kuwait
“If you can live or work overseas, do it. There is nothing out there that can teach you more about yourself and the world than stepping outside your comfort zone. We typically live in a bubble so to speak, and we never truly get to see the world from another perspective. Kuwait is a very interesting country and highly recommend it! My advice is also, no matter what country you are able to become an expat in, go into the experience with a positive outlook.”
Read more of Taylor’s expat life experience in Kuwait.
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Charmaine: Canadian expat living in Hong Kong
“Don’t stay in an ‘expat bubble,’ and try to expose yourself to more of the local culture and people. You will learn so much more.”
Read more of Charmaine’s expat life experience in Hong Kong.
Christopher: Canadian expat living in Turkey
“I’m not sure I would, in fact, recommend that someone come and live and work in Istanbul at this time. In the three years I’ve been here, things have become increasingly complicated on a number of levels, and that can be potentially difficult to navigate. Istanbul is my second home, don’t get me wrong, but it is not the easiest city in the world to thrive in, especially not right now. I don’t necessarily want to elaborate on that too much, but I can just say that it’s a city in the midst of an immense change, and it’s worth thinking about whether you feel, as an individual, that you can handle a city in such flux. Yet, I still maintain that Istanbul is one of the world’s great cities, and I love it as deeply as one can love a city.”
Read more of Christopher’s expat life experience in Turkey.
Jennifer: Canadian expat living in Japan
“I think it’s helpful to have at least a simple understanding of Japanese culture before deciding to spend a long time here. Even then, you might find that it is not for you.
As with any new place, knowing some of the languages will go a long way in making your stay more comfortable, and people will appreciate your effort.
While I don’t love everything about Japan, I like enough to want to spend my life here right now. I think it’s important to have realistic expectations of the country since every place has its faults. I’ve come across some people who live here and only have negative things to say, and they’re such a downer.
Japan has a lot of wonderful things to offer, so you must find a balance.”
Read more of Jennifer’s expat life experience in Japan.
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Edel: Filipino expat living in Kuwait
Stay strong. Be wise. Save money. Most importantly, always pray to God.
Read more of Edel’s expat life experience in Kuwait.
Carmen: Filipino expat living in Qatar
Be ready. Be physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually ready.
Be ready to feel homesick. For mothers working here, it’s going to be hard being separated from your children. There will be times when you feel down and miss your family and would want to go home. If you go home just to see your family, can you afford it financially? Can you afford to resign? Is there a job waiting for you back home? Is it worth it to go home and give up the job here?
Be ready for a hard life. You will need to work hard. Some people take additional jobs so they can earn more. I remember doing the difficult flights, working on a day off or doing overtime so I can just earn more money.
Be ready for unfair treatment. Remember, we are residents. They will always prioritize the locals or other nationality over you. But don’t tolerate it all the time. Be assertive.
Be physically ready. Make sure you are healthy. It is expensive to get sick. Pack appropriate and conservative clothes for the ladies. Prepare clothes for both hot and cold season.
Be spiritually ready. Have faith that everything will be ok…
Read more of Carmen’s expat life experience in Qatar.
Are you an expat? What other tips and advice can you give to anyone looking to live and work overseas? Share 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.
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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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