I talk to a lot of expats who head for ‘home’ – their original home country – at every opportunity for holidays and family visits. It would be interesting to research whether these people find it easier or more difficult to settle in the long term than expats who holiday at least once a year in their new countries.
Our ebook, The New Expat, recommends holidaying in your potential new home country before making the big decision to move, which makes a great deal of sense. I can’t help feeling that experiencing a country in all its moods, from frivolous to workaday and everything in between, helps people feel more integrated. What do you think?
Every country has its tourist hotspots and most places have at least one hidden gem of a holiday resort loved by local people. You need to find resorts that are popular with local people, not those that your countrymen and women regularly flock to. I thought I’d look at the best ways to track them down.
Have you heard of Aswan, Mzaar and Sochi?
It makes sense to take a break in a resort that’s popular with local people rather than full of fellow expats. That way you will soak up much more information about the way people live, socialise, interact and enjoy themselves.
Aswan is Egypt’s most southerly resort city with a real African ambience influenced by the large Nubian population’s culture and customs. Skiing might not immediately spring to mind when you think about Lebanon but the country offers skiing at the Mzaar resort. And when Muscovites were quizzed about which resort they like best they recommended Sochi, a bustling resort town on the gorgeous Russian Riviera.
Google is a fantastic resource when looking for information about a country’s holiday resorts. Make sure you verify the information across several websites so you can be sure it is accurate.
Traditional travel agencies are good sources of reliable information and knowledge. Travel guide books and ebooks can be very helpful too, especially those that specialise in destinations off the usual tourist trail. You can also contact travel agencies in the country itself by email and ask local people for advice via forums and social media.
Involve your family
If you miss your friends and family you could ask them to join you and enjoy a side of your new home country they wouldn’t usually experience, something a bit different. The more familiar the people you love are with it your life, the more satisfying and empathic your conversations will be.
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