Thursday, 25 April 2013

What’s on your expat bucket list?


Bucket List: ‘A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.’

A couple of weeks ago, we asked our expat followers what was on their ‘Bucket List’ and we had some fantastic responses – so thanks to you all! We’ve taken inspiration from some of our favourites to draw up an ‘Expat Bucket List’ of our very own.

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#1 Learn a new word everyday (in another language!)
@EmptyNestExpat, “Learn a new language: Turkish”

As an expat, language will play a huge part in your life. Whether you speak one or five, living abroad gives you the chance to immerse yourself in language, body language and tone – something that a textbook just can’t provide you with. If you’re totally new to the country you’ll be amazed at the response.

#2 Visit a famous landmark
@JamesHardcastle, “Circumnavigate Australia with a trip to Ayres Rock – all on motorbike”
@AndriasBoone, “See the polar light”
@essentialerin, “I want to take a VW camper van all across Europe.”

#3 …or visit them all!
@TheExpatChap, “Travel to every country at least once. I’ve been to 89 so far.”

Embrace the limitless bucket list! Why stop yourself at just one landmark and one country when you can include them all? Try hanging a map of the world in you room you can then take pleasure in spending the rest of your life marking the places that you have visited.

#4 Take advantage of what your host country has to offer
@Spainforpleasure, “Watch FC Barcelona live, simply must do it before I leave Spain”
@louie113133, “I will have a pint in each of the 32 counties of Ireland.”

It’s notoriously hard to remain a tourist once you are settled in your host country; try not to lose sight of the wonderful things it has to offer. It might seem cliché but these are the things that make your host country great! If you’re moving to London make sure to go and see Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. If it’s Paris climb the Eiffel Tower and take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées.

#5 Set yourself an ‘ultimate’ goal
@themadkiwi1, “Find somewhere with a beach, good weather and job security then plants roots and become a local.”
@Nikiwebster85, “Kids in school, a partner and job that takes one to various countries / cultures and languages.” 

At what point in your life do you think you could take a step back and say that you’ve accomplished everything that you wanted to? Think about it and when you’ve got that ideal picture aim for it. This could be anything, from building a business to having a family. It’s good to dream big so don’t hold back!

You can also look at a compilation of all the expat bucket lists we received from Twitter on our Hints & Tips tool here. Why not add your own?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shoutout, Katy! I'm now taking Turkish classes and that makes my learning very fast because it is the easiest way to learn grammar. When I started though, I was using lots on online resources. Here's my post that describes some of the resources that have been helpful to my journey: http://empty-nest-expat.blogspot.com/2012/02/time-out-for-turkish.html

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