Could You Be The Ultimate Expat?

An expat is by definition someone who’s chosen to leave their birth country to explore the world and find a country of adoption. You’d be surprised to know that there is a variety of reasons for people to want to move abroad and start a new life, from political to professional reasons. But the most common explanation that you’ll receive from Millennials coming from any of the Western cultures is a sense of self-discovery. Young adults decide to move abroad as a way to tackle the feeling that they don’t fit in where they were born. It’s a common disparity in civilisations where the digital revolution and the social traditions don’t match. People who grew up in a world where they could expand their knowledge, and cultural perspective with a click of a button find it difficult to exist in an environment where the social evolution is not yet a match for their open-minded digital approach. You know the kind: borderless, genderless, nationless, these are the results of digital interactions. No wonder Millennials are changing countries to find a place that will understand them better! So, if you find that you’re stuck in your current situation, maybe it’s time to consider a bold move abroad. What’s the best place to go and how to make it work? Here are some thoughts about the expat life to help you make a choice.


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South east Asia is a cultural blast for those who need a change of lifestyle.

If you genuinely need to take a brand new start and change your perspectives on life, then you want a cultural renewal. If like most expats you were born in Europe or the USA, you need to broaden your horizons with a stay in south-east Asia. Why there, you ask? Because it’s the perfect mix of activity poles, high tech, centuries-old traditions, great food and folk culture, and more importantly amazing landscapes. Besides, you’ll find that the history of the place is fascinating and somehow has a tie to Western history too. There are plenty of options from Thailand to Cambodia, but you’ll find that Malaysia offers the ideal balance of new and old if you’re not ready for a complete mindset reboot. On the one hand, you’ve got cities like Kuala Lumpur that combines a happy mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian influences in the middle of a modern town surrounded by a fantastic landscape. But on the other hand, you’ll be amazed by Cameron Highlands, a lush scenery of tea plantations, strawberry farms and butterfly gardens around volcanoes. Besides, the cost of living there is low so that you can look for a house for rent in Malaysia without breaking the bank. The local currency, the Malaysian Ringgit equals around 18 pennies, so you can find it easy to settle in Malaysia. In fact, with grocery prices 25% cheaper than European prices, you’ll enjoy the local life even more!


Touring Europe: Going back to culture basics

If you prefer to stay in a known environment but still get a change of traditions and landscape, you will love the European life. It’s a safe bet if you want to move abroad but can’t be too fussed with integrated into a new culture. European culture is thankfully very similar to what you grew up with if you were born in the UK or even in the USA. You will find the same religious traditions, such as Easter and Christmas – although some European countries celebrate it more in-depth than others. In fact, regions that are deeply Christian, like Spain or Italy, have made religious celebrations the core of their behaviour. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun there, on the contrary! If you are keen to discover something new, have a look for Orthodox celebrations in Greece, as it will give you a different perspective. Still need to decide where to go in Europe? You could try Denmark, which has been named the world’s happiest country several times in a row. Or maybe you’d love the confrontation of natural elements in Finland, which makes it the ideal spot for artists. For British expats, specifically,  the place to go to is not Finland but Sweden instead as it offers the best advantages for families to raise their children, on top of a super healthy lifestyle. Too cold or too expensive for your liking? Try Porto instead, the beautiful harbour town in Portugal that offers low rent and healthy Mediterranean environment with a sunny weather almost all year through.

There’s only one issue with choosing to live by the Med: You will have to learn a foreign language, as most people, while they understand English, don’t use it as a mean of communication. In Nordic countries, you can survive with speaking English only, but if you choose to live in the south of Europe, you’ll have to learn Italian, Spanish, French or Portuguese.

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Embracing a big adventure in America

Finally, how about embracing the famous American dream and giving your life aspiration a little boost? If you’re thinking about moving to the USA only, take a moment to consider your options. Nowadays, both north and south Americas are popular destinations for expats and migrants. In fact, while most people still choose to start a new life in the USA, more and more adults have moved to Central America in the past few years. The reason is a happy combination of sunny weather and new business opportunities. In fact, there are more Europeans who have moved to Latin America than the other way around. From a historical point of view, it’s easy to understand the peak in interest, as Latin America’s past is tightly connected to Europe, and especially Spain. However, whether you choose north or south, you’ll need to keep an eye on the intrinsic divergences between each country. In north America only, the cost of life in Canada and the USA is very different, and the social advantages you receive in one country have nothing in common with the other. If you’re planning to start a family, Canada is the place to live in. But if you want to launch a successful entrepreneur career, you may pick the USA instead.


Whether you’re in for a cultural change, a brand new language in a known cultural environment or a successful career, you’ll pick a different destination. But the bottom line is: the expat life is only as good as you’re ready to make it.

 

The Top 5 Epic Destinations On My Bucket List.

Everyone yearns to visit certain destinations more than others. There’s a certain allure that places a destination in your mind and it never leaves. You always have that urge to visit there and dream of the time you will spend exploring the sights. These destinations can be on our minds for years, it’s just down to us to visit them! Here are my top 5, one may raise a few eyebrows!


Seattle

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The city of Seattle, Washington,  is nestled away in the north-west corner of the USA. The stunning city is full of glimmering skyscrapers, including one with a flying saucer on top 😉. The quality that sets Seattle apart from other cities for me, is not its skyscrapers, it’s the surroundings: the city is completely surrounded by turquoise waters, emerald mountains, and lush evergreen forests just begging to be explored. Within the city itself lie thousands of open green spaces making Seattle a haven for lovers of the outdoors and nature. I haven’t visited the city yet, but I know Seattle would easily be a city I could live in.


North Korea

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With everything that North Korea is involved in at the moment (the closest thing to nuclear war since the Cold War, in case you’ve been under a rock), you’re perfectly within your rights to question why the country is on my list. The simple answer is that I’m just so curious about it! Now, I know curiosity killed the cat, but It’s literally the most isolated country in the world and it is so unique due to its harsh rulers. Foreigners are only allowed to enter after strict checks. Once in the country, you can only move about while being escorted by guides who watch your every move! So few people have visited the country and we know so little about it that I think it would be the most eye-opening trip that I’d ever been on!


South Africa

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I’ve always admired South Africans; I’ve met many in my life and I’ve always liked them a lot. My physics teacher and my favourite swim coach were both South African. Not only are their accents epic, but I always felt a kind of ‘no bullshit’ attitude emanating from them, which I love. Coupled with having great people, the country itself is beautiful as well. Now, I know the country is not without its problems; a lot of houses have to have armed response security due to the risk of armed robbery. But despite these problems, many millions of tourists travel to the country due to its epic scenery and culture. Towering over Cape Town you have the world famous Table Mountain, and within the country’s grasslands lie some of the best safari experiences available in the world. This is the location I would want to do a skydive!


Japan

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With its bright city lights, ancient traditions, great sushi, and advanced technology, Japan has always intrigued me. Tokyo is the largest city in the world and contains some of the most technologically advanced features in the world. Take The Bullet Train, this travels the length of the country at 200mph. Toilets in hotels will talk to you and put on a water display, the subway is super efficient (but super crowded), the people have amazing manners, and the nightlife is insane – check out the Roppongi district. Outside the bustling cities lie the Japanese countryside that is full of history and culture. Thousands of shrines and temples are dotted throughout the coutry accompanied by its majestic mountains terrain.


Antarctica

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Antarctica is the one with the penguins! I so badly want to go on a trip to this continent that I’m looking up cruises now! Whats better than visiting the region of the earth that is the least visited by humans and the most pristine. Here you see mother nature in all her glory; penguins darting in and out of the water, whales chasing their prey, and seals flopping around on icebergs. I mean honestly, what is better?! The main ways to see this continent are by cruise or air. On a cruise, you will likely be on an icebreaker that will navigate through the many icebergs and crash through the sea ice to take you to the action.

 

There are my top 5 destintions, what about you? Do you have any that may knock some of these off my list?

Michael x

Say Hola To Spain: How To Make The Most Of An Extended Trip!

There is something about Spain that makes it a country that it’s easy to spend long amounts of time exploring. Home to some incredibly diverse landscapes, the Spanish Pyrenees are a beautiful mountain range, while Sierra Nevada, a gorgeous snow capped mountain range, rises up above the sunshine of Andalucia. Then there are the country’s incredible cliffs in the Northwest, swaddled by Mediterranean coves and white sand beaches. Throughout the country, there are historic villages featuring traditional Spanish architecture, as well as vibrant towns and cities. There is no doubt about it, Spain is somewhere that has a lot to offer every traveller.

5 Sights You Absolutely Must See in Yellowstone

 It’s hard not to have heard of Yellowstone National Park. Some may know it for its feared super volcano, others because of its diverse wildlife or perhaps its renowned geothermal features.  We recently went on a camping adventure in the park and want to share with you 5 unmissable sights you must add to your itinerary when visiting.

5 Spanish Cities You Have To See Before Summer’s Out!

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Summer might be in full swing, but we’ve still got some time left before the holiday season is over. And this especially the case in Spain. When it comes to travelling and visiting different countries, Spain has it all. This stunning European country offers an incredible slice of culture, delicious food, breathtaking views and an interesting history. Although the coasts can get packed at this time of year, the cities often come alive. So if you’re looking to fit in a last minute trip before the sun dies down, here are five Spanish cities to consider seeing.

A Travel Guide: The Greatest Things “Aboot” Canada

If you only had enough money to travel to one place this year then it should be Canada. This country has sights for everyone from the adventurous explorer to the chilled-out vacationer. Beautiful cities and wild, stunning scenery. It’s picturesque but it’s by no means a sleepy place. There are lots of things to see and do in this incredible place if you know where to travel and which routes to take. Here are some a few of the greatest things about Canada. You shouldn’t stop at our list, of course; this is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep exploring beyond the things suggested in this article.

The Best Life-Changing Safari Destinations Exposed.

Many people like the idea of booking a life-changing safari holiday with their families or as a solo traveller. However, lots of folks don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the perfect destination. With that in mind, there is a list of suitable locations mentioned in this article. They are some of the most popular countries in which anyone can take part in a safari experience. Those who want to do that just need to perform some extra research before making their bookings. Also, it should come as no surprise that travellers will have to make their way over to the African continent.