Life Advises on Living Abroad
For about 15 years now, I have moved and lived around as a Filipino Overseas Worker (OFW) in Asia, North America, South America, and Europe. Through this nomadic lifestyle, I learned that #expatliving is not at all awesome, as most of us think. It is wild, rough but at the same time rewarding.
This page is about seeking help and advice on how to live your best self in a country and culture— foreign from yours.
What is an expat?
ex·pa·tri·ate (shortcut: ex·pat)
noun: expatriate; plural noun: expatriates
A person who lives outside their native country.
"American expatriates in London"
a person exiled from their native country.
synonyms:emigrant, nonnative, émigré, migrant; informalexpat"expatriates working overseas"
What is the difference between an expat and an immigrant?
An expat or expatriate is simply defined as a person who lives outside their native country. Similarly, an immigrant is a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country. Only one distinction is made here – immigrants intend to stay in their new country indefinitely.
The What’s and the How’s of Living Abroad
I had a rough start— settling and navigating my way around my new place. These are the challenges that were common dilemmas, not only to me but to some expat girlfriends that I’ve talked with.
“The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped.”