Estimates made by organizations such as the Association of Americans Resident Overseas put the number of non-government – employed Americans living abroad anywhere between 4 million and 7 million. Is this move right for you? Watch and find out how to tell.
Some of the things you might find that do change about yourself if you make the leap to become an expat are:
- Become More Adventurous. Being an expat forces you to be more adventurous. It teaches you how to start saying yes instead of no and how to expand your possibilities, and you’ll find yourself doing things that you’ve never, ever done before.
- Increased Confidence. You will need a level of confidence if you’re to survive in a country where everything is different. Coping with a different language, customs and culture and the local rules will make you feel more sure of yourself.
- More Patient. One thing that you will need a lot of when you’re an expat, is patience. Try not to get bothered. Take a deep breath, chalk it up to cultural differences, and then go with your day. You can always talk about it later with a few friends who’ve had the same thing happen to them while you are enjoying food and drink. By the way, you will probably forget it the next day.