Many people are not completely happy with the lives they are living in their home country. The government might be doing something they disagree with, they might have difficulty finding the right job or they are simply not happy with the social climate in the country. Therefore, it is no wonder that many eventually become expatriates, meaning they move from their home country to find a new home. Their intention might be to stay in the new home temporarily or permanently. There are even those who prefer moving from one country to another on a regular basis. This article is about what expat travelers can expect when moving somewhere and what expectations they’d better not have in mind in order to avoid disappointment.

 

I wander If I could travel the world. El viaje gratis”

First of all, there is a big difference between living somewhere permanently and staying there on a vacation only for a few weeks. There’s a handful of good reasons for that. One is that the whole purpose of going on a vacation is to not have to think, it is to let your mind wander for a certain period of time, let go of stress and duties. Our focus at that time is on making sure that we visit all the places that are worth visiting in the in the country or city we are staying in and that we taste all the fantastic foods that are a part of the regional culture.

However, when we intend to stay somewhere permanently and become expatriates, we should keep in mind that we are not going to live in a utopia. We might make a decision to stay permanently in the country that we originally only thought of as the destination for our vacation. The difference in living standards between the country we originate from and the one we intend to stay in will likely not be that huge, especially if the two countries are similarly economically developed. Also, there are certain things that you are going to have to do regardless of where you live. You are still going to need to do the shopping, pay the bills, pick up after the dog, do the housework, go to work, etc. You will also have legal obligations, which naturally arise whenever you move somewhere new, such as paying taxes, taking care of your healthcare insurance costs, etc. Now there might be certain things that you might welcome in the new country such as the fact that it has access to the sea, or that there are many more sunny days in the year than in the place where you used to live in

Travel is my soul. It makes me happy while I can inspire others.”

 

When traveling frequently as an expat, it is a good idea to get a travel insurance for there are things that might go wrong on the trip and you’d better be prepared for them. For example, you might suddenly become ill or injured and in that case, you will need professional medical help. A related insurance plan might cover treatment in a hospital plus all the medicines and physiotherapy to help you get well again. Also, somebody might steal something that is very important to you and there are also insurance plans which cover accidental damage or theft of your property.

 

When traveling, it is also a good idea to use a service which allows you to save money due to lower travel costs. One such service is Booking.com which lets you specify the from and to destinations, as well as the time of the departure. It also lets you book a hotel at a favorable price and specify the number of rooms, and the number of adults and children whom you are going to stay in the hotel with.

I am an expat and I am hungry for more

Overall, when traveling as an expat, use your common sense when selecting your travel destinations and do not expect wonders if you do not want to be disappointed. Every country has problems, no matter how large an economy it is, how well they treat travelers, or how developed their infrastructure is.

 

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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.
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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

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