As an expat it’s all too easy to lose steam and forget why you moved in the first place; a sense of adventure, the drive to make new friends and see new cultures, as well as succeed in a foreign environment.
Sound like you? Try these films to get yourself ready to love expat life once again!
If you’re looking for love… ‘Eat Pray Love’ (2010)
“I used to have this appetite for food, for my life, and it is just gone! I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something, anything”- Liz
Post-divorce, Liz decides to go on the journey of a life time to rediscover herself. Learning Italian in the Mediterranean, meditating in India and falling in love in Bali, this film’s beautiful scenery, encapsulation of cultures and inspirational storyline is guaranteed to make you want to, pack your bags and fly away all over again. Italy is the number one destination for expats finding love according to our 2014 Expat Explorer Survey – so be sure to look up Rome.
If you’re retiring…. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (2011)
‘Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected’- Evelyn
When a group of British retirees turn up to the Marigold Hotel in India not all is as they expected, but it soon begins to charm them in its own magical way. This film proves it’s never too late to make new friends, and why not, our 2014 survey showed that 65% of expats over the age of 55 found it easy to make new friends, more than any other age group! If you’re looking for a friendly expat destination, try Taiwan where an astonishing 91% of expats say the local people are friendly.
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If you’re looking for an adventure…. ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ (2013)
‘To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life”- Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty was a man who lived a mundane existence, with the only adventures occurring inside his own head. Then the day comes for him to make his adventures real, as he goes on the journey of a lifetime. According to our 2014 survey, 31% of expats move for a new challenge and Walter is the perfect reminder for why you made the move in the first place.
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If you’re looking for a career challenge… ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ (2011)
‘But you persist in the wind and the rain and the cold with such poor odds of success. Why? Because you're a man of faith’- Sheikh Muhammed
38% of expats in our 2014 Expat Explorer survey told us that they moved to improve their job prospects, but relocating your entire career is no mean feat! Two thirds of expats globally say they feel welcome in their new workplace and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is the perfect motivation for getting up on Monday morning. After all, no matter how hard your job is, it’s unlikely to be as tricky as fishing in a desert…
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