Living Abroad as an Expatriate with Family in
Going Away as an Expatriate to another Country with
Leaving the country of your
birth with your family sounds overwhelming and terrifying at first,
and returning to your home country might feel like the only option. That's why you shouldn't make this decision
easy and alone. Consult with your loved ones, who can be your best
support. Read on for tips to help your transition more manageable
for your family.
|We all tend to fear the unknown and leaving your
home's comfort is definitely an uneasy
prospect. More so if you are making the move with your entire family.
Every year, millions of people leave their countries for foreign lands for better
opportunities, safety, or simply to experience something new. Opportunities like these are often rare, which means
that if you have one, you should make the most of it.
However, there is still the underlying fear of leaving friends and family, the
culture shock, a new language, and so many other variables. You
can still make a move pleasant and perceive it as a chance to thrive in a new, challenging environment.
Start by understanding that it will not be easy on
Regardless of the benefits of moving abroad, the change will be stressful, and it
might take a toll on your children or relationship with your spouse. You will have to deal with new laws, customs,
cuisines, languages, and locations. Google Translate and Maps will be your new companions as you finalize your
residency status. Returning home after living abroad, depression is what you will get if you give up, so embrace
your fears as normal.
Do your homework
|As with any big decisions, you have to do your
homework first before you make any
decisions, not only about where to move, but also whether the move will be the right
Find and talk to fellow expatriates and figure out what you need to do before the
big move. If you find yourself asking an expat when it is time to go home, they might also assist you. They can
also offer clarity on any unclear issues and make a move less daunting.
While finding the right location for your
home, account for factors such as household expenses, distance
from work, salaries, schooling, and taxes. Locate basic services such as a bank, drugstore to buy
the best nursing cover or hospital.
To help your family adapt, also find a church, mosque, or any place where you can
all replenish your faith. If your family cherishes social amenities such as restaurants, parks, pools, and clubs,
find a home near such places to make the transition easier.
How to help your kids
You will need to select a school for your kids. Some expatriates agree that an
international school with curricula such as International Baccalaureate exposes them to new cultures, which is in line with one of the
advantages of moving abroad. Your kids will also perceive the move differently depending on their
|Prepare your children to get acquanited to new culture
and help them get new friends,
all of which helps them to adjust to the new surroundings, as will help you,
Understand that your kids might hate leaving their extended family and friends
behind and that talking to them and giving them time is the best option. Also, give them time to say goodbye and
accept a gift for a friend moving to another country, such as farewell parties.
Security is a major priority
Insecurity is one of the major reasons to return to the home country. A suburban
location is more secure, with space for the kids and family pet to play, but will be costlier. Your new country’s
real estate websites can offer you some ideas and opportunities to search for a home that meets your
Encourage everyone to participate in the
Working reduces anxiety, and by having everyone park their things, they will focus
less on the scary part of moving. Getting the kids involved also provides a semblance of control. Ask them to park
three essentials to keep them entertained over the journey as they await the arrival of the rest of their bags. If
you are moving with the pet, find the essentials for them together as a family.
Make your new house a home
|After you explore your new surroundings and settle
into your new house, start organizing
your new life with necessary family activities, that will make your new house feel like
Once you finally arrive, give yourselves a break. Rest, then take some time to
explore your new surroundings. When your belongings finally arrive, start with the kids; rooms and make their rooms
as familiar as possible. Again, get everyone involved in cleaning and unpacking. Sticking to old routines like
meals at the table will also make life seem more normal.
From better education, employment opportunities, cultures, and friends, there is
so much moving to a new country will do for you rather than against you.
Have you had any experience moving abroad or helping a loved one make the
transition? Please share any additional tips you have in our comments section.
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