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Are You an Introverted Expat? Here are Some Simple Tips for Reaching Out

This article was first published by Vivian Chiona of Expat Nest.

As expats, we’re often encouraged to “get out there” and make new friends so that we can feel more at home in our host country. If you’re an introvert, this may feel way out of your comfort zone. We share three simple tips for introverts abroad.

How do you think of yourself – introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? (Take this fun quiz and see if you agree with the results.) If you’re a more introverted expat, you probably replenish your energy with time alone. You may be more reserved and will tend to avoid “small talk”, instead preferring deeper connections built over time or through a shared passion.

An incredible perk of being an introvert is that you know how to enjoy your own company. You can be fulfilled spending time in solitude or at home, doing something you truly enjoy. This can be a huge advantage if you live a nomadic lifestyle, as you’re able to feel content no matter where you are.

Introverts also tend to be naturally introspective – the ability to go within, develop self-awareness and continue to grow are important life skills, and introverts really get this!

However, it’s a myth that introverts don’t need other people (read more introvert myths here). We all need some form of social connection. And when the time comes to reach out, the more introverted expat may begin to feel pressured and anxious.

Simple tips for introverts living an expat life

1. There’s no rush

Solitude and silence are important – they top up your energy tanks so you can be present in the different areas of your life. If you’re an expat who identifies as an introvert, it makes sense to take your time before you begin opening yourself up to others. Find the balance between your need to spend time alone and your need to make connections in your adopted location.

2. Take small risks to build confidence

Sometimes it takes just a moment of bravery to change your life. Invite one person for coffee, for example, or attend a group event for a shorter period of time. And remember: even if you prefer deeper conversations, you have to start somewhere. A great technique for feeling more at ease is to focus on the other person—this takes the pressure off you)—and to ask questions so you can open a meaningful dialogue.

3. A shared passion

Discovering a common interest or cause sparks a deeper connection with others. Do some research on events happening near you and become a member of a community of people as passionate as you are. Consider taking up a hobby you were already doing when you were back home or try something you’ve never had the chance to do before. This will give you the impetus to interact with like-minded individuals and grow roots in your adopted home.

 

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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Expat Nest Podcast: Global Greek Influence with Giota Pimenidou

Expat Nest has published a podcast in partnership with Giota Pimenidou. In this interview, “A psychologist’s entrepreneurial journey: From Greece to the Netherlands”, Giota and Vivian Chiona chat about the inspiration for Expat Nest as well as the increased demand for counselling services in March, when the coronavirus pandemic really started taking hold in Europe. They also discuss the urge to return home or change your job or question whether your partner is right for you – challenges that have arisen for many during lock-down.

You can find the interview on podcast platforms including Anchor FM, iTunes, Spotify, Breaker, Listen Notes, Google podcasts, Overcast, Apple Podcasts, Pocketcast, and RadioRepublic.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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Moving Overseas: From Shipping and Insurance to Pets and Cars, Our Latest Video Covers It All

When it comes to moving overseas, there are many factors to consider. From how to pack and ship your goods, to whether to take your car with, to how to move your beloved pets, to whether your valuables will be insured if damaged, to how to reduce stress in the family.

Quintin Coetzee, our Marketing Assistant, recently interviewed owner and Managing Director of Kings International Removers, Rolf Lamers, about all of the above and more.

In this video interview, they cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to moving internationally. Feel free to watch it below, or click the link here to go to YouTube, where there are section links in the description for you to click to parts you’re most interested in hearing about.

Thank you again to Rolf for participating in this interview. For more information about Kings International, click here. We hope you find the video informative, and hope you learn a little more about what the process of becoming an expat is like.

 

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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Expat Nest Podcast: Thriving Abroad Together with Louise Wiles

Expat Nest has published a podcast in partnership with expat coach and author Louise Wiles, that focuses on everything from love to parenting to lock-down. This interview is rich in practical coping strategies for dealing both with lock-down and stress.

Listen to the discussion here.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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Expat Nest Podcast: Relo/talk with Lindy Chapman – Expat Emotional Needs

Expat Nest has published a podcast in partnership with Lindy Chapman, a US-based relocation strategist, that delves into the importance of acknowledging that expats can experience grief on leaving our old lives behind. They discuss the importance of support for the emotional needs of the whole family during a relocation as well as resources – many of them free – that are available to expats on the move.

Find the video chat here.

For information as to how Relocation Africa can help you with your Mobility, Immigration, Research, Remuneration, and Expat Tax needs, email info@relocationafrica.com, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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