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How to Survive
Your First Year
Living Abroad
Get to know the locals
Immerse yourself in the new culture.
Stay healthy
Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep.
Make a schedule
Most important: a detailed to-do list
of things to do the first month.
Learn
Learn all you can about the local
and U.S. expat tax laws.
Keep busy
Get a part-time job, volunteer or
find a hobby.
Be patient
If you don’t feel at home right away,
that’s OK. Transitions take time.
See the sights!
Taking full advantage of what your new
locale has to offer adds excitement.
Whether you’re moving for work, romance, adventure or
retirement, the first year living abroad may well be a challenge.
Following these tips will make for an easier transition!
Many American expats move abroad to live in their
partner’s home country or for love, and over 40%
feel they will stay abroad forever.
U.S. expats seem to be truly enjoying life
abroad — 44% state that they are planning to
stay abroad possibly forever.
53% agree that it is easy to find local friends
in their new country of residence, and 28% describe
their friends and acquaintances as mostly
local residents.
While 81% are generally satisfied with their life
abroad, 56% of those who are unhappy say that
not having a personal support network in their
host country contributes to this unhappiness.
Source: internations.org/expat-insider/2018/us-americans-abroad-39625
expatcpa.com

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How To Survive Your First Year Living Abroad

  • 1. How to Survive Your First Year Living Abroad Get to know the locals Immerse yourself in the new culture. Stay healthy Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep. Make a schedule Most important: a detailed to-do list of things to do the first month. Learn Learn all you can about the local and U.S. expat tax laws. Keep busy Get a part-time job, volunteer or find a hobby. Be patient If you don’t feel at home right away, that’s OK. Transitions take time. See the sights! Taking full advantage of what your new locale has to offer adds excitement. Whether you’re moving for work, romance, adventure or retirement, the first year living abroad may well be a challenge. Following these tips will make for an easier transition! Many American expats move abroad to live in their partner’s home country or for love, and over 40% feel they will stay abroad forever. U.S. expats seem to be truly enjoying life abroad — 44% state that they are planning to stay abroad possibly forever. 53% agree that it is easy to find local friends in their new country of residence, and 28% describe their friends and acquaintances as mostly local residents. While 81% are generally satisfied with their life abroad, 56% of those who are unhappy say that not having a personal support network in their host country contributes to this unhappiness. Source: internations.org/expat-insider/2018/us-americans-abroad-39625 expatcpa.com