is an "Expat" or Expatriate?
There are many definitions but the
bottom line definition is that an expatriate - or "expat"
is someone who lives outside their own country.
Some definitions will include the notion that one must "work
and live" in a foreign land.
The term can often carry connotations
that are favorable or unfavorable, depending on context
expatriates are considered "foreign experts" brought in
to teach or exercise skills not available locally.
Other times "expats" are seen as
"living off the land" and taking up some of the better
Sometimes expats are seen as Jimmy
Buffet wannabes living in tropical settings (the
author's favorite notion!). Other times expats are
seen as exclusionary, banding together and not
integrating well with the local population due to their
high wages packages and isolated living in reserved
compounds (common in parts of the Middle East - but not
so true in the rest of the world).
But, no need for it to carry any
baggage at all - you get to decide who you are and how
you will live when you head overseas. It is an
opportunity for you to reinvent yourself and your life
and have it be exactly as you wish it to be.
Expats often don't work overseas -
they just retire overseas in countries where life is
perhaps more relaxed, crime is lower and their money goes further - they
can have a much better quality of life.
Don't worry too much about the label -
it is the lifestyle and how you may wish to live that we
will address on this website.