December 21, 2014

Working in a Foreign Country

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This is one in a series of articles that will include tips for living and working overseas.

After spending nearly a decade traveling and living overseas I realize that I can use the insight and knowledge I gained through my experiences to inspire others to transform their lives with travel.

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and become an expat living and working overseas; it’s an exhilarating, challenging and sometimes hysterically funny transition to move to a foreign country. There are several qualities that can help you  be successful overseas.  Do you have these qualities?

You are independent and love to travel.

You love exploring other cultures.

You are flexible and willing to adapt to the unknown.

You are willing to live and work outside your comfort zone.

You’re willing to work hard.

You aren’t a quitter when things get rough.

You’re willing to pick up your life and move belongings, body and pets around the world.

You’re computer and tech savvy.

You have skills that will allow you to find a good job overseas or you’re a digital nomad and you work from your computer.

You”re willing to live with the grief that some relatives and friends will give you about uprooting your life and giving up your safe job with vacation and benefits for the unknown. Every expat I know, myself included gets a big dish of this along the way. When I took my first overseas post I had some friends and family alike thinking I’d lost my mind. A few years and a few moves later they all realized I was leading the life I loved. So can you, take it one step at a time.

Still feel like you have what it takes to live and work overseas? Good, it’s a fabulous experience and one I highly recommend. The following are websites that will give you a taste of what life on the road or living overseas can look like.

Photo Credit: Lisa Overman