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22 Signs You’re a True Expat

by Katie Sorene

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You left your home country to go live somewhere new, but have you reached true expat status? Take this quick test and find out!!

You’ve made a new life for yourself in another corner of the world.

But have you crossed the line to becoming a true expat??

Test yourself on these 22 signs of a true expat and see for yourself!!

1. You get cravings for silly things like Heinz ketchup and Hershey bars

2. You get grumpy about the very same things that  initially drew you to your adopted home

3. You often feel torn between two identities.

4. You’re friends with expats, but only those who arrived around the same time as you

5. You find newbies irritating

6. You sometimes dream in a foreign language

7. You’ve attended weddings, birthday parties and baby showers….. on Skpye!

8. Your old life seems gray

9. After many iterations, you’ve finally perfected the The Ultimate Guest Tour

10. You pity those still stuck in corporate life

11. Your friends have become your family

12. You’ve eaten things you never dreamed you would

13. You get strangely defensive when someone (who doesn’t live there) criticizes your adopted home

14. You wouldn’t be seen dead in the ‘expat bars’

15. You’re a lot more adventurous than you used to be

16. When you fly back, nothing ever seems to change

17. You never get bored of gloating about your new life

18. You plan less and do more

19. You turn up late but are often early

20. You’ve attended countless leaving parties for friends who ‘went back’

21. Your family have stopped asking you when you’re coming home

22. Home is where you are now

How did you score? More than 15 out of 22 and we’d say you’re a true expat, let us know!

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13 comments… read them below or Add a Comment

jessiev

#19, lol. great list!!

Dina VagabondQuest

(22) Home is where I am now, yes, especially with the fact we let go our apartment before we left. So we didn’t have a “home” otherwise anyway :)

When I call or chat to people back home, yep, (16) true that nothing has changed there. But then, it was only a year ago when I left. A year on the road is true colorful, while previously in my own life, years could be spent too steadily, nothing changed either.

Which make me (10) pity those people that is trapped in regular routines, never taste or have any idea about this alternative way of life.

(21) They haven’t stopped asking me when I’m coming back. I feel like some friends/family even pity me of living me this way, and suggest to me that coming back will make me happy.

Dina VagabondQuest

(22) Home is where I am now, yes, especially with the fact we let go our apartment before we left. So we didn’t have a “home” otherwise anyway :)

When I call or chat to people back home, yep, (16) true that nothing has changed there. But then, it was only a year ago when I left. A year on the road is true colorful, while previously in my own life, years could be spent too steadily, nothing changed either.

Which make me (10) pity those people that is trapped in regular routines, never taste or have any idea about this alternative way of life.

(21) They haven’t stopped asking me when I’m coming back. I feel like some friends/family even pity me of living me this way, and suggest to me that coming back will make me happy. I don’t have a plan to come back yet, my husband and I are happy being on the road and we want it this way as long as possible.

Carrie

There was never any doubt in my mind that I’m a true expat. Great list though. :)

Nancie (Ladyexpat)

I sold my house at year two, and got rid of my storage unit at year 5.
There is no doubt I am a true expat.

Great article.

janelle

LOL this was great! We are just rounding the corner to a year abroad… and dreading going home!

Dee Andrews

Loved #16 and #19.

Our family only lived abroad for a year so it wasn’t enough time to feel all of them, but it definitely most.

Louise

I can relate to a lot of those and guess I am a true expat in this sense although I still love to visit the UK – my old haunts and still feel at home when I’m there, happy to come back to my new life though – best of both worlds that the great thing!

Emily

I would add that you also know your best angle on web camera and the best lighting to make you look your best :)

Flora

Wow, I’m definitely an expat by this list! And we’re already itching to move to our next country.

Number 16 is really true for me; one of the things my husband and I were most worried about when we first left is whether we’d miss out on a lot “back home,” but hardly anything seems to change.

allan nomad.

Iv been a wanderer all my life but now finally iv met someone I want to spend the rest of my life with,but not here, Indonesia will suit me just fine.

Niki

I guess we’re doing well! We’ve only been here for 6 months and I can relate to most if not all of these. The only thing we haven’t really done is the good-bye parties. I’m sure it will come in do time.

aviocontractor

17 out of 22 is surprisingly low score for 17 years in more than 60 countries, in 7 of them living and working between 6 months and 4 years! I proof to be very stubborn Bulgarian guy, lol !!! I really like #19 too!

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