Are you made for expatriation?

Discover a new culture, be able to be yourself, have a better quality of life… It’s a dream! Yes, but having trouble communicating, having to deal with bureaucracy and being away from loved ones, much less.

Canadian site The Travel made the list of pros and cons to consider before embarking on a life project abroad.

Discover a new culture in practice

It is about the language, about the history, but also about all the small habits and customs of the daily life. For example, relieves The Travel, “In Israel, people haggle for everything, even a taxi ride. In Chile, on the other hand, this is totally contrary to practice. Showering every day may be the norm in some places, but less so or is downright discouraged elsewhere, in places where water is scarce ”. In short, living abroad is also and above all about being confronted with difference and sometimes questioning one’s own uses.

Immersing yourself in a new environment, with stereotypes but also different expectations, can also allow you to reinvent yourself. “Sometimes at home people are stuck in a routine. Everyone knows them and expects a certain behavior from them. Moving to a new country can allow you to fully develop. It’s liberating ”, notes the Canadian site.

For the : learn or improve in a new language, discover new cuisine and new music, be able to be yourself.

Cons: constantly having to make an effort to adapt can be difficult, communicating effectively is not easy – even if you know the local language – because the codes are different.

Change financial situation

Many people move to another country precisely for this reason. They thus increase their purchasing power, because the cost of living is lower when their salary remains high or because, in the case of retirees, their pension covers more expenses.

For the : more pleasant living conditions.

Cons: it is sometimes difficult, or just disadvantageous, to convert funds into local currency, while the tax system can be complicated.


Getting into administrative order is sometimes an obstacle course, be it visas, recognition of diplomas or professional experience, or even permanent residence.

For the : apart from being in good standing, there aren’t that many, let’s be frank.

Cons: “Often that means standing in long lines, paying high fees, having to go to unlikely offices. This all contrasts with the exciting adventure abroad that many dream of. ”

Being away from your family

“Young people often leave on a whim, without thinking about this aspect of expatriation. As we get older, we realize that we miss parents, siblings, and family at large. Sometimes it’s hard not to be able to count on their help […]. These are human relationships that no half can completely replace. Return journeys can be long and expensive. ”

For the : if you are really angry …

Cons: you will miss your loved ones and they will miss you too, especially in a personal crisis or as during the Covid-19 pandemic.



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