Two years ago I decided to leave my country hoping for a better opportunity working abroad. I am one of the expatriates all over the world seeking for greener pastures. Yes, you heard it right however that is the mindset of some Filipinos- to provide our family’s needs and that is true.

I got a good job in Philippines, I worked with some of the biggest Business Process Outsourcing as a Trainer in Spanish account. But then something is missing and I am not happy. Something is missing and I felt incomplete. I was lucky to have those jobs but I can’t be like that. I know, I need to do something. But I need to work to sustain my daily needs, I need to support my parents in any way. But I love to travel.

Can I be an expat and do travel at the same time? I took a decision and leave my corporate life in my home country. I  still have a corporate life however I travel. How? that is the question that I would like you to know.


Since I am fluent in Spanish, I want to improve my Arabic language skills by using it everyday. This is one of the perks of being an expat. A simple ” Merhaba” in Arabic for “Welcome” can be rewarding. One of the less tangible expatriate benefits is the fact that a simple assignment or responsibility will improve some skills you might need in workplace. For example, I often learn a new language and perhaps I even become fluent in it. I remember meeting my friend Mohammad from Lebanon here in the city of Jeddah who also speaks Spanish but his mother tongue is Arabic. We talked about anything but in Spanish language.

My bestfriend Khawar who is from Pakistan speaks Urdu. Although we speaks English sometimes but I started to remember some Urdu words including his local dialect which is Hindko. Hindko is the local dialect commonly used in Northern Pakistan. Imagine how these skills can help you communicate with others.


 I got a good chance to received one of those coveted expat contracts when I choose Saudi Arabia in which my particular skill set is in high demand. However, what I can advice is that if you are not set on a certain country yet you need to do a research. Living in Saudi Arabia is not easy- I mean it. However it doesn’t hinders me to pursue what I love to do. My first 6 months were difficult. I need to adjust with the cultures, people, and I learned to extend my patience. Saudi Arabia is a great country to explore. I will write in my next blog on how I save money while travelling here in Saudi as an expat.

Moving to Saudi Arabia was an incredible culture shock. Having been accustomed to an open way of life in the Philippines and Spain, I just don’t know what to think before. Well, aside from the restrictions, I had wonderful experiences.



Growing up in a small town, I thought that diversity meant that kids from other town and kids in our own town attended my school in equal numbers. My world now has expanded beyond anything from my small town in mind could have thought years ago. I have made friends with people from all corners of the globe, from countries I never been.



I know most of the expats will agree that working in Saudi Arabia means you will be earning a good salary. Money and money. Having a reasonable cost of living here is good. I would prefer living in a country where I can save money than I can do whatever I want but with no funds on my wallet or bank account. The reason why I am here is to save money while having a good salary from my employer.

You’ll find that each year’s savings working in Saudi Arabia equals five years working elsewhere.

Although, I will be limited in someways and my boundaries was tested.






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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.

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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