Folium: Living In The World’s Most Welcoming Countries via BBC

Folium: Living In The World’s Most Welcoming Countries via BBC

Folium: Living In The World’s Most Welcoming Countries via BBC

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An expatriate, often shortened to expat, is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship. For many expats, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new journey abroad. But according to Lindsay Galloway, there can be huge variances in local culture and language capabilities where some places can definitely feel more welcoming than others. She goes through a variety of countries to show us which ones were the friendliest to visit. She begins by pointing out that exploring the world would need

To determine where expats might find the best success of fitting in fast, global community network recently conducted their annual Expat Insider survey of more than 14,000 expats from 191 countries, asking residents to rate a number of aspects about life abroad, including how easy it was to settle in, a country’s friendliness and ease of making friends. Granted, attitudes toward expats tend to vary according to where the expats are from. Americans, often labeled as the world’s most obnoxious tourists, aren’t always embraced everywhere they go. Meanwhile, Japanese people are frequently ranked as the world’s most polite and well-behaved tourists. These stereotypes, real or not, can affect how locals perceive foreigners. Moreover, impressions of friendliness, like beauty, can differ widely. So what appears as amicable to one individual may seem like bootlicking to another person, based on subjective views.

Consider everywhere and anywhere!

Consider everywhere and anywhere!

Many want to take the challenge and become an “expat” in order to say that they fully experienced life in a different country, but often don’t take the precautions necessary to make the trip. FIrst you need to know and learn your surroundings in the country to plan on visiting. You should also take the time to familiarize yourself with high crime areas and sections of the country that you should avoid. You should also protect yourself in case you become ill, injured or are involved in an accident while living far away from home. Expatriates have unique insurance considerations and therefore need to make sure they leave their home country with more than just their domestic insurance plan.

There is a key to success that everyone should be aware of in order to help what is going to fit your “nomad” type lifestyle. Living that type of lifestyle can be as exciting as it is challenging. It is challenging to start a new life abroad but it is not impossible. You should know that it is something many people have done before you. The invaluable lessons and experiences you will have while living the expatriate life will be a topic of conversation for years to come. You may even reach a point where your new destination becomes “home.” Make sure you take in every moment, and just like Lindsey finishes up her article stating (with the picture) “The Philippines’ going-out culture gives expats plenty of opportunities to make friends” so go out and make friends!

Julie Martin
LEAF Editor & Contributor

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