Do you enjoy traveling, but hate the process of saving money for your vacations? Or maybe you are like me—whenever I vacation time just seems to fly. Seven days, feel more like seven hours. It is never long enough.
Wouldn’t it be great to travel without having to be concerned with cost and time? There is a way. Become an expatriate. Also known as an expat.
An expat is someone who temporarily lives and works in a foreign country. You can live in a country of your choice for as brief as a month or for years.
In case you were wondering, there is a difference between an expat and an immigrant. Expats don’t relinquish their citizenship and at some point, return home. Immigrants are willing to surrender their citizenship and make the foreign country their permanent residence.
Most people become
Since they are there at the expense of their employer, rent is free or relatively cheap. Another added benefit.
But the biggest win is you can stay in one location for an unlimited amount of time without having to feel rushed to do everything in 7 to 10 days—the average length of most vacations.
Most people think being a diplomat is the only way to become an expat. That might have been the case decades ago, but not anymore.
Just about every position needed in your country is needed in a foreign country. The professions that allow you to work abroad are very vast. Doctors, nurses, lawyers, pharmacists, even construction workers are just a few jobs that are available overseas. (For more specific information on working abroad read my blog here.)
American expats are all over the world. You can find them in the Netherlands, Dubai, China, West Africa, Colombia, even one of my favorite places Bermuda.
Interested in becoming an expat, but your job does not allow you to travel?
No problem. There are plenty of courageous people who move to a country of interest and look for employment. It would be the same as looking for work in your place of residence. There are no restrictions in terms of the employment you can have as an expat.
Expat Network, InterNations, and Expat Info Desk are three organizations that will help you become familiar with the lifestyle of an expatriate. They provide information such as employment, housing, expat communities, advise on taxes and insurance.
Most countries have their own expat support group such as:
For information on specialized expect communities, follow or join these Facebook groups which provide support based on nationality and gender:
Can you imagine yourself living abroad? Where would you go?
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Ora Cook is a coach, blogger, and inspirational speaker devoted to helping women restore their confidence and fulfill their purpose. She encourages women to travel for therapeutic and recreational purposes and offers the knowledge they need to do so. You can read more of Ora’s writings at www.oracook.com.