The expat ‘six month slump’

When the euphoria wears thin; the 6 month slump

When you type ‘6-month slump’ into Google, the first thing you find is lots of information about nursing mums. No doubt a very important and emotive issue – but not the one we’re here to discuss.

Dig a little deeper through the hundreds of search results and you’ll start to get closer to our concern; you’ll find that 6 months is the make or break time for new relationships, the point at which more than 50% of people fail their New Year’s resolution, the end of the metaphorical ‘honeymoon period’ for a new job, a new house… and of course a new Country.

So, what’s so special about six months and what goes wrong?

Human nature

We use optimism to generate excitement, enthusiasm and energy.

As an intelligent and rational species, we distract ourselves from things that might cause us concern by keeping busy. Avoidance comes naturally; rather than analyse our feelings and consider what might go wrong right from the beginning of a project, most of us will choose to throw ourselves into it head first and determine that optimism will win the day. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have achieved half as much as we have as a species, so this is actually a good thing!

We use optimism to generate excitement, enthusiasm and energy… all great attributes that help us to sail through the planning and execution of new endeavours. The trouble starts when the ‘honeymoon period’ ends and the excitement and initial enthusiasm give way to routine. New relationships give way to noticing flaws in the object of our affection; new jobs become just jobs; new years’ resolutions become somewhat boring and we lose sight of our objectives and new homes just aren’t new and exciting anymore.

Expat euphoria

After the initial dizzy heights of infatuation, it tapers off to a more comfortable, satisfying emotion.

Is exactly what it says on the tin… the euphoria (elation, joy) that is felt by expats immediately after their adrenaline-soaked relocation. All the planning and worrying paid off and YOU. MADE. IT! You have a fabulous new home, a new environment to explore and so much unpacking and organising to do that it can keep you busy and fulfilled for months… about 6 of them to be almost precise.


17 Reasons Why Every Foreigner Must Visit Kenya Before 2016 Is Over

– Kenyans on Twitter reminisced about some 2016 trends, giving them a hilarious spin.

– They used these reasons to tell foreigners, and clueless people, why they should visit Kenya.

It’s the holidays and everyone is in a relaxed, partying mood. Summer bunnies are jetting in and Team Mafisi are gravitating towards them.

13 hilarious reasons why Kenyans are DEMANDING foreigners visit Kenya

But then there are those who are still shying away but have been keenly following Kenyan news as they think about if they should turn up in Kenya.

Well, here are some of the hilarious reasons why Kenyans are inviting foreigners to visit their country and see wonders only Kenyans can hack:


South African Visa Change Confuses Travellers

The South African Embassy has been inundated with calls from confused travellers after the country made changes to its visa rules.

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From 16 January, New Zealanders will need a three-month holiday visa in order to visit South Africa, the country’s government has said.

The changes are a retaliation, after New Zealand dropped visa-free travel for South Africans.

Air New Zealand has warned travellers who would arrive before that date but would not leave until after that they would be unable to leave the country without the visa.

Flights back to New Zealand before the change were already almost fully booked.

Former Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse was expecting to fly to South Africa on 29 December and return on 17 January.

She said Air NZ would not let her fly without the visa and travellers would have to travel to Wellington to get the visa, which could be was costly and difficult at this time of year.

“It’s thrown everything sideways, and the difficulty is not necessarily the visa but the fact that we have to fly to Wellington and obtain a visa face to face.

“And trying to do that a week before Christmas is chaos.”

However, South Africa’s High Commissioner to New Zealand Zodwa Lallie said the country’s Home Office would clarify early next week which travellers needed to obtain a visa.

“If we state that [the visa is required] on and after the 16th of January, then one would not expect that on your return you’d be expected to produce a document you were not required to have before you leave New Zealand,” she said.

“That would be unreasonable in my view.”

Ms Lallie said the January date was decided to avoid disrupting people’s Christmas plans.

Namibia, Zambia Airports Implement New Charges

Airports in Namibia and Zambia have implemented new passenger charges, effective immediately.

The Namibian Airports Company has introduced an Airport Security Charge of NAD71 (R71) per passenger on all flights from all of Namibia’s airports.

The Civil Aviation Authority in Zambia has implemented a new passenger safety charge of US$10 (R137) per passenger for departures from all Zambian airports.

According to Air Namibia’s country manager for South Africa, Margaret de Gois, the new charges will be added to tickets and will appear in the fare breakdown as an additional charge.


New Zealand Visa Changes: The First of Many New Restrictions for SA Immigration?

Cape Town – The recent announcement of the changes to New Zealand’s visa regulations for travelling to South Africa may not be the last change SA’s Department of Home Affairs will be making to SA’s relatively open immigration policy.

SA’s Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, on Tuesday, 13 December 2016, announced that travellers from New Zealand will have to obtain a visa to enter South Africa.

The announcement came after New Zealand, in October this year, announced new regulations requiring South African travellers to purchase a visa before entering.

“Reciprocity is a national principle,” Gigaba said on Tuesday. “Therefore, in view of the aforementioned, a decision was taken to reciprocate by withdrawing the visa exemption which New Zealand passport holders enjoy,” he said.