Thursday, 13 August 2015

A soundtrack for your expat journey

Life as an expat is a fast paced adventure, which is often filled with a lot of different emotions.  As with many experiences in life, music can work to enhance particular moments.  It can also be a powerful tool to record your experience, triggering feelings of nostalgia and enabling you to relive specific experiences.  By making a playlist of songs reminding you of key moment of expat life, you will be able to be transported back to an exciting time in your life in years to come.  Here are some suggestions of songs to be on the soundtrack to your expat journey!

Songs for moving:

Packing your life up into boxes is nobody’s favourite task, and leaving a place you have called home can be bittersweet.  Saying goodbye can be difficult, but it is important to remain positive – even if you’re sometimes unsure about what’s ahead.  Getting cold feet is normal; but keeping sight of what’s ahead and focusing on why you decided to make the move will help you to keep the nerves in check.  Becoming an expat will be inevitably be a rollercoaster of emotions – but the exciting times ahead will balance out the difficulties, and taking the rough with the smooth is all part of the adventure ahead.  If you need something to give you a bit of motivation to pack up the final few bits and keep things positive, try these tunes:
  • Movin’ On Up – Primal Scream
  • Pack Up– Eliza Doolittle
  • Shake it Off – Taylor Swift
  • Changes – David Bowie 

Songs to explore to:

Your first few weeks of expat life are likely to be a whirlwind of exploration, learning phrases of the local language, and finding your way around your new area.  Whether your exploring consists of a self-guided tour around your nearest town, trying out a new restaurant, or hiking up a mountain – it is a special time, and one that is likely to stay with you for many years to come.  Here are a few songs encapsulating the spirit of travel, adventure and exploration for you to add to your expat playlist - play them now and in years to come relive this exciting part of your journey:    
  • Around the World – Daft Punk
  • The Passenger – Iggy Pop
  • Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
  • Keep the Car Running - Arcade Fire

Songs to settle down to:

The first time you feel at home abroad will be quite a significant milestone; when things which for months seemed to be a daily challenge are now an established part of your daily routine, or perhaps when a second language starts to come naturally.  Songs that remind you of this time are likely to come from your own personal experience; the song you listened to the first time you sat in your now favourite cafĂ©, the time you watched a local band play, or even just spending quality time with friends – old or new.   Here’s our list of songs to get you started on the road to settling.
  • Home - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
  • Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel
  • Sweet Disposition – Temper Trap
  • Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

For more ideas on getting the best out of your expat experience, visit the Expat Explorer blogspot, or our hints and tips pages.  

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