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5 Expat challenges that are just too real!

Thursday, 16 March 2017
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The impressive expat experience comes with its own share of fun and exasperations. ItÔÇÖs exciting for sure to explore new cultures, make fresh friends, enjoy career advancement and earn enough money to send home to your family. Yes, all this and more makes moving to a new country worthwhile.

However, living as an expat comes with its own challenges too. They may not be deal-breaking problems, but issues they are, nonetheless. Here are five issues expats face regularly, no matter where they live!

Time zone

Suddenly everyone seems to be in a different time zone and reaching out to them becomes a major problem. Whether you have some good news you want to share with your family or some important information you wish to tell them, everything has to wait till the time is right. Considering other peopleÔÇÖs time zone becomes very important now!

While there might be no escaping this problem, the best solution would be to schedule a particular time during the day when you can call or receive calls from home.

Language barrier

Unless you are living in a country where English is widely spoken, the language barrier could become a troublesome issue for expats. You will need to take the effort to learn the vernacular language or you may feel alienated and lonely.

Begin with small phrases and slowly learn the language ÔÇô donÔÇÖt resist it.

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Frequent flying

It becomes extremely costly to return home for immediate emergencies. You cannot just hop onto a plane and go home, not unless you are ready to shell out big money for the tickets.

Start an emergency fund just for travelling, which can be used to pay for these flight tickets. If you are using a credit card to purchase your ticket, then try to convert them into EMI payments so you can pay them off easily.

Tragedy magnification

When you are staying away from your family, every little incident or tragedy gets you rattled. Especially when you hear stories of your friends or their families going through a personal tragedy, you will automatically start thinking that the same will happen to your family or friends back home.

Ensure you stay in constant touch with your family back home and connect with them regularly through video chats.

Long distance relationships

Many a times, husbands or wives need to move out alone and go live/work in a different country. This could be for various reasons. Expats usually need to deal with the problem of surviving and managing a long distance marriage. ItÔÇÖs not the easiest thing to do, however relationships can last despite being away from each other. It requires effort, dedication, trust and patience, but itÔÇÖs possible. We had also elaborated on this topic in one of our previous blogs ÔÇô you can read it here and know more about how to handle such long-distance relationships.

Life isnÔÇÖt always rosy for expats but over time you grow to love it. However remember that every challenge comes with a solution!

Last modified on Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:18