I guess what I really mean in the title is what is the most difficult thing for you?
For some people, the most difficult thing about living overseas is missing their family and all the big family events. But others have moved overseas hoping to escape their family and the big events.
For some people it’s the unpleasant realisation of what it feels like to suddenly not have your support network around you–the lack of family and friends nearby can be an unhappy experience. But for others, moving overseas is their chance to start a new life, to begin again, fresh and with a clean slate. To reinvent themselves.
For some people it’s the food. Yes, adjusting to new and different food–especially when it’s difficult to find familiar foods, can be frustratingly tiresome. But for others it is all part of the adventure and the lack of a local pizza joint is ideal for the true adventurers.
For some it’s the language. But for others the language is no problem–either they already speak it or that’s part of the reason they’re there, to learn it.
For me it has changed over the years. Right now it’s the distance from family. Ok, distance from family has always been a difficult thing for me, but now as my parents get older it’s more difficult in a different way.
What about you?
I’ve asked this question over on Expat Focus this month as well, with a bit more about my own experience. Seriously, I’d like to know what’s difficult for you as an expat (or if you’ve ever been an expat, what was the thing you found hardest?) because I am well aware that not everyone finds the same things difficult.
Tell me in the comments here or start a convo over on Expat Focus!