One of the most important ways to settle in as an expat is to find a fantastic hobby that keeps you occupied and gets you out there meeting new people. That’s why we’ve pulled out four expat ‘types’ that you could be to find your niche and settle in quickly.
We all know how important it is to get out there and meet people. This can be especially true for expats who’ve moved away for work. When you first move you’ll probably be a long way away from your business contacts and in need of some new ones. Starting from scratch like this is a great excuse to get some cards printed up and run along to as many networking events as possible. If things go really well, the people you meet may end up being an important part of your social life as well as your business life.
The Culture Buff
Wherever you end up, there’s bound to be a completely different atmosphere to ‘home’. Culture buffs love to get out there and experience all that there is to see and hear. Whether it’s galleries, architecture, music, or dance you’re bound to find a new passion. And if you bring a camera you can become the classic culture buff sub-type: The Photographer. Photographers love to record their daily lives. A great way to do this is if you have a smartphone is to download a camera app with filters to make your photos look as professional as if you were a real expert. You can then share these photos with your friends back home, either with through your social networks or your very own photo blog!
Surely a key consideration before you go anywhere is the food. When you’re a long way away from your home comforts, it can be hard even to get the same type of bread that you’re useful. Foodies love the excitement of trying new things and always seem to have the nicest meals at home, as well as when they eat out. Why not befriend some and reap the benefits yourself?
Networker, foodie, photographer or culture buff? What type of expat are you? If you think you’ve identified another type, let us know in the comments!