What is expat life really going to be like?
Expat life is amazing. And expat life with children is a wonderful opportunity. It can also present some unique challenges. In fact, expat life without kids can often present the same challenges…
Expat life – the highs and lows
What is expat life really like?
Living as an expat is an amazing way to experience other countries, cultures and people. You experience another side of a nation, something those on a couple of weeks’ vacation surely miss out upon. Yes, expat life can be tough at times, but overall it is incredibly rewarding.
Expat life with children can sometimes be complex and occasionally stressful (as life with kids often is, regardless of your location!). It can present some unique challenges. In fact, expat life without kids often presents the same challenges. On the other hand, kids are great at helping us meet new people and making us get on with things, even when we feel like crying into a large G & T instead.
As for the kids, living as expat children is nothing short of incredible. They will get more out of their time spent abroad than you could ever imagine.
The tough bits of expat life
As much as we love expat life, there are times when we wonder what on earth we are doing. Expat life doesn’t always go according to plan. Something that would be simple ‘at home’ can seem insurmountable when you’re dealing with a new language and different procedures. Have you ever tried buying medicine for a stomach upset from a Japanese pharmacy? That’s fun…! Day to day life, from grocery shopping to finding a doctor, is harder when you live overseas. ExpatChild acknowledges this and helps you move through the challenges.
Issues are unique, confusing and often hard work to sort out, which is why ExpatChild has put together some amazing articles on expat life to help you prepare and cope with many of the common issues you will face.
The realities of expat life
There is a myth about expat life that every day is a holiday; perfect, with cocktails on the beach, sunny weather, no stress and happy, smiling people everywhere.
Us expats know better though. Expat life is simply life, but in another country. The grass isn’t necessarily greener – it’s just different grass. And there are a multitude of unique challenges each day.
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