5 Pro Tips to Survive as a Single Female Expatriate

Being an expat is really hard on its own, as you have to face many issues like lonesomeness, homesickness, lack of support or financial struggle. But it’s much harder to be a woman and work abroad. This is especially true if you’re older, as making friends is easier for young pre-college students. Still, there are some proven tips that worked for adult single women moving abroad for work.

A Single Lady’s Guide to Living Abroad

  1. You have to learn that new language.
    Even if you don’t have to do it due to work, not being able to talk freely in another country is a big issue. Studies show that most people feel lonely when they lack communication, and if you refuse to learn a language, you’re locking yourself from many cool experiences.
  2. Find your “fellow exchange students”.
    When people in high school or college take their exchange year, they usually have groups of people in the same situation. So try to meet people who understand what it’s like to be so far from home now. Maybe you could find other expatriates or even digital nomads. If you find someone from your own country, you will even start a strong friendship, as you’ll understand each other’s cultural needs better.
  3. Try dating.
    If you’re feeling riskier, you could try dating. There are many online sites and options like Tinder where you could meet other singles in your area to spend some time together. Sometimes having that little romantic affair is exactly what you need as an expat. And who knows, that might lead to something even more serious.
  4. Find communities.
    People love communities and talking to those who share their interests. If you’re willing to try this, you might find a local crafty club where you could showcase your ideas and meet new people.
  5. Talk to your friends or family back home.
    Another good idea is to maintain good communication with people you’re already in an established relationship with. You can call your friends or your mom and ask their advice. Hearing some news from home would make you feel better and more comfortable.

A Tip on Dealing with Homesickness

As a woman, you will probably feel even more lonely and emotional when being an expat. It takes extraordinary courage and will to deal with everything. But even the strongest people experience homesickness that they find difficult to find. Fortunately, there is a way that helps almost everyone.

FOMO anxiety is real. This is why you have to take a break from calling and sending messages home. This would be the last thing you want to do, and you will want to continue talking to your old friends, but try to avoid that. Instead, you could go out and try something new and exciting. Start with visiting places designated for tourists and trying delicious local foods.

Tips on Quitting Your Job and Becoming a Digital Nomad

Practically no-one nowadays dreams of an 8 to 6 schedule where you are locked in a building for a whole day. More and more people are embracing a kind of vagabond life, quitting their previous jobs and going digital nomads. While it’s hardly a social trend nowadays, it’s clearly becoming more popular, especially among the Millennials.

The first (and perhaps the most important issue) that people meet is fear. Indeed, it’s extremely hard to ditch an already established way of life, choosing something else. This is why you need some pro tips on how to make this change as smooth as possible.

Tips from True Expatriates Who Ditched Everything Becoming Nomads

  • Do your research or learn new things.
    Before you come up to your boss saying that you want to quit, you have to do your research. Google some websites where freelancers usually get their orders and check out what kind of services people usually need. If you could do the same, probably you’re all set and could quit. If you can’t find anything you could do, it might be better to start taking IT courses so you could be more competent.
  • Try to find a place where you will lower costs of living.
    Many people dream of hiring staff to take care of cleaning or cooking. Others simply want to have better furniture, cooler design and exotic food. One of the best benefits this lifestyle offers you is that you can earn as much as you earn in the US, but you will spend less living somewhere on an island.
  • If you want more stability, find a permanent remote job.
    There are plenty of massive companies who hire workers to work remotely. This is your chance to try something new, work from home and still be fully sure of your salary. You will also have a more set schedule, but many people find this way of working better as they are sure of how much they could rely on each month.
  • Cut your expenses. Now.
    You would be surprised by how many things you could easily live without. Some of those are in your daily routine. Cutting your expenses on those would allow you save something in case you need some money immediately and will make this nomadic change smooth.
  • Try starting your own business.
    A cool way to earn for you would be to start a business, though it’s not a perfect idea for everyone. If you are still not sure if you could possibly do it, it would be smarter to start when you still have a regular job.
  • Do it now.
    Many people that I’ve encountered claimed that they wanted to be a digital nomad for a long time, yet something was always stopping them. This is why if you are putting off those thoughts for some time, it would be better if you start now. It doesn’t matter whether you’re scared, if you jump start immediately, it would be easier later.
  • Surround yourself with like-minded people.

It’s hard to believe you can do something as crazy as live off your skills somewhere on Bali. But if you start talking to those people who did the same, listen to their podcasts or so, you will believe in yourself.

A huge thing that you have to learn is to forget your fears of failure. Most likely, you will fail, but as long as you get back up, it doesn’t really matter. Remember that you should always have an exit strategy, as it’s also possible that you will find this lifestyle too weird or unacceptable for yourself after a while. Having a backup plan is always a good idea that brings confidence.

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