Living abroad is an adventure like no other. I’ve written before about all the reasons why I love being an expat in France, but I’d be doing my readers a disservice if I didn’t also talk about some of the harder things that come along with leaving life as you know it behind. Today, I’d like to share an infographic about the issues expats face on their journey to a new life abroad.
Maybe you can identify with some of the stats… GO!
If you’re an expat, did you move for love, work, school or just to experience something new? If you’re considering a move abroad, what are your biggest fears?
Check out some of the most common expat issues in this infographic:
Expat Life: Not Always A Smooth Ride! – An infographic by the team at Overs
Thank you, what a great and very true post as an expat in the netherlands i am really happy to be getting out of this place 🙂
Aww, sorry your experience in the Netherlands didn’t work out. Best of luck to you on your next adventure!
Molly @ Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips in Paris! says
I actually haven’t faced a lot of those issues. Maybe I’m still in the honeymoon phase? 😀 Searching for an apartment in Paris has by far been the most stressful experience though… It’s taken about 2 weeks, 12 visits, and constant searching on the internet but I think I may have finally found the place or places haha. I will say though that the language has been really difficult because I came here knowing just about 0 French. Yes, English can get you by in most situations but you miss out on the fun little conversations with your little old lady neighbor or local boulanger. I’m taking classes and to the point where I can understand most but speaking it has me spoofed! I think it’s because I don’t want to mess it up?
How long have you been in France? I’m glad you haven’t experienced any issues! And yes, I’ve heard horror stories about apartment hunting in Paris. And I totally understand not wanting to mess up. Whenever I have to say something complicated in front of strangers, I opt for the easier construction, not wanting to embarrass myself in front of people I don’t know. In time, you’ll build your confidence — promise! Bonne continuation!
I can relate to a few things here. I’m between the “honeymoon” and “culture shock” phases. I don’t have any concerns about my new home (London) but I am struggling with homesickness and the fact that I haven’t managed to get a job yet. Definitely stressful and depressing! Also, I’m terrible at making new friends! I’m hoping my “gradual adjustment” phase rates slightly higher on the satisfaction scale!
I hear ya on the friends thing. Ugh. Best of luck to you in your new home!
For me, after first living in Ireland for 11 years, the transition to France last year was easier, I think. Ireland provided a chance to live on the edge of Europe, I suppose, before plunging in! But, of course, the language difference is the hardest part now. Glad I’ve found your blog. You and your husband are adorable, but Dagny is too precious! (Dog lover here:-).
Aww, thanks! Happy to have you here! Dagny is the star of our neighborhood. The elderly especially love her. Just a happy go lucky little love bug!