Becoming an Expatriate


An expatriate is someone who lives in a different location than that which they were born and brought up. In general expatriates are considered to be people who are residing in their host country temporarily, with the intention of returning home at a later date.  This is how it was ten years ago and now people are choosing to permanently stay in the countries that they were once visiting. For the people that stay they have found that there quality of life has gone up due to the expenses not being so high. Whether you are there permanently or temporarily there are a few things you should definitely have before you even leave your home country.


The right travel backpack

Having the right travel backpack is essential to getting around. If you are staying in different places each night and do not have a rental car than a backpack is a must. You don’t want to have to lug around a huge suitcase all the time. If you go they have plenty of suitable choices that can work for both men and women.  They even sell trekking poles which can come in handy depending on the country you are planning to go.

Get Your Vaccines and Records Together Before You Leave

Even if you are not going to an underdeveloped country, some place will refuse to give you a visa unless all of your vaccines are up too date. It is also easier to get the medication you need if you have your records from your home country that they have actually been prescribed to you.  It would also be wise to make sure they actually supply your medication in the new country that you are going too.

Have Some Cash

It is important to have enough saved up because it is going to take a little time before you start earning money. Often times to get an apartment you may need to have to pay as much as 3 months rent up front.  Do the research on what the rentals can cost as well as the everyday items.  If you’re a smoker and moving to Australia you may pass out when you find out that cigarettes can cost over 20 USD.

Moving to another country is challenging but rewarding. You may find out that it has been what’s missing in your life all along. Just make sure a lot of planning goes into it before you take that leap.

Last modified: November 14, 2018