Becoming an Ex Patriot


Becoming an Ex Patriot

Expats to Asia is not a new idea as a matter of fact it is estimated that 75,000 people each year move to Asia from the US. Many people become expats to Asia for job opportunities and even more retire to Asia.

Of course moving from one country to another requires serious planning and to completely evaluate some considerations. Before you pack read the considerations below.

Money Exchange

A lot of expats to Asia are surprised to find that in some countries there money does not go as far as they thought it would. In many countries the American dollar for instance is highly valued in other countries the exchange rate is not quite a friendly. Before you get ready to move be sure to check on the exchange rate instead of listening to lay people that are almost sort of sure that the cost of living is lower where you are headed.

Learn a New Language

A considerable amount of people are actually quite surprised that not everyone around the globe can speak English. Before you get ready to go you should at least learn some basic phrases to covet the important stuff like “where’s the bathroom?” or “I need food!” Spend some time studying the culture of whatever country you are going to because you do not want to make a fool out of yourself.


 Be Prepared for Culture Shock

The west and the east are two very different places in the world. While yes the world has grown smaller thanks to technology there are still some very different cultural views so prepare yourself for a little cultural shock at first?

 Check Out Housing Options

Every country has different real estate laws. In some countries an expat cannot own property. This may mean that you will be renting and will need to find a place to rent. Check out the laws and regulations that govern real estate transactions in the country you are considering so that there are no surprises when you arrive and find yourself homeless.


 Support

There are many support groups worldwide for expats to Asia. Ideally if you can find a support group that is organized in your planned destination it can cut out a lot of the issues when you move because you will be able to get advice about things like housing, visas, travel and other pertinent topics from people that have gone before you.

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Moving to a New Country

Becoming an Ex Patriot

Expats to Asia is not a new idea as a matter of fact it is estimated that 75,000 people each year move to Asia from the US. Many people become expats to Asia for job opportunities and even more retire to Asia.

Of course moving from one country to another requires serious planning and to completely evaluate some considerations. Before you pack read the considerations below.

Money Exchange

A lot of expats to Asia are surprised to find that in some countries there money does not go as far as they thought it would. In many countries the American dollar for instance is highly valued in other countries the exchange rate is not quite a friendly. Before you get ready to move be sure to check on the exchange rate instead of listening to lay people that are almost sort of sure that the cost of living is lower where you are headed.

Learn a New Language

A considerable amount of people are actually quite surprised that not everyone around the globe can speak English. Before you get ready to go you should at least learn some basic phrases to covet the important stuff like “where’s the bathroom?” or “I need food!” Spend some time studying the culture of whatever country you are going to because you do not want to make a fool out of yourself.

 

Be Prepared for Culture Shock

The west and the east are two very different places in the world. While yes the world has grown smaller thanks to technology there are still some very different cultural views so prepare yourself for a little cultural shock at first?

Check Out Housing Options

Every country has different real estate laws. In some countries an expat cannot own property. This may mean that you will be renting and will need to find a place to rent. Check out the laws and regulations that govern real estate transactions in the country you are considering so that there are no surprises when you arrive and find yourself homeless.

Support

There are many support groups worldwide for expats to Asia. Ideally if you can find a support group that is organized in your planned destination it can cut out a lot of the issues when you move because you will be able to get advice about things like housing, visas, travel and other pertinent topics from people that have gone before you.

Traveling Tips from a Road Warrior

Having traveled for years, I’ve learned a few things that I want to pass along.

First, take great care when you’re sorting out your flights.
I personally try to get flights with as few stops as possible. The reason for this, is because the more stops you have the longer the layovers the longer your overall Travel is to your destination. When you’re traveling internationally, you can end up losing so many hours at your destination just because you tried to save $100.

My recommendation is always to try to save as much as you can, however, don’t make yourself crazy trying to travel by stopping three times on the way to Bangkok.

Try to get as many direct flights as possible. I’ve always felt that having a direct flight is much better than an upgrade.

The less time that you spend in the air the better.

What many people don’t realize is that when you’re in the air you’re exposed to all kinds of things that your body doesn’t usually get exposed to.

First off you’re exposed to recycled air. So if someone sick on that aircraft and chances are your nostrils are going to be picking that up. Hopefully your immune system is strong and it bounces right off of you but it may not.

Second, the cabin pressure also puts pressure on your vascular system. That’s why they tell you to get up and move around frequently. That’s to avoid you getting a deep vein thrombosis DVT


Older people are at more risk for this type of thing.

Finally, most people never talk about this. But, your body is exposed to gamma rays that are traveling through the cabin in these higher altitudes. You can look up the effects of gamma rays on your body but I would just recommend minimizing them as much as possible.

When you’re in the airports try to get a membership for the lounges. Often times they have free refreshments and they also offer you a much nicer place to relax while you’re waiting on your next departing flight

The point is make your business travel as easy on yourself as possible. You need to be in tiptop shape for your meetings. If you’re exhausted from the long flights long layovers and physical demand on your body from these flights, then you may not be on your “A” game.

One of the things I have always tried to do is make sure that I have an aisle seat because it’s easier to get up and move and stretch than if you’re in a window seat.  Because if the guy next to you falls asleep, you are stuck unless you are a gymnast or aerialist.

Chances are if you’re seated in an aisle seat you will be more physically active. It’s just easier that way.

Oh, and holy bulk heads batman…Next time you’re on a long flight make sure to get that seat! If you can get some extra legroom with the bulkhead you’ll be greatful.

Oh but be careful. Sometimes when going for bulkhead, you can end up in an exit row with the seat that does not recline…make sure there’s not an exit right behind your chair otherwise you may be sitting straight up for the entire flight.

Just my two “hundred” cents.