Do You Have Expat DNA?

This infographic looks at the DNA structure of an Expat.

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Do You Have Expat DNA

Do You Have Expat DNA?


Breaking down the Expat DNA:
What makes a great expat :
  • The ability to adapt to change – being flexible.
  • Keeping an open mind on the people and cultures that you encounter.
  • Learning & Speaking the local language.
  • Living, eating and going about life like the locals do and enjoying it : Being local.
  • Keen to observe and absorb the sights, sounds, smells and sensations that the world has to offer.
  • Open to new experiences and learning something new everyday.
Bad expat DNA:
  • Doesn’t stop complaining (Language is too hard, people are too rude or different).
  • Prefer to mingle only with expats who are similar to themselves.
  • Not making an effort to try the local foods or adhere to local customs.
  • Lead their lives like they did in their home country: resistant to change.
  • Gets homesick at the first thought of their home country.
Irrelevant DNA:
  • Being a well travelled individual has no bearing on being an expat. First time expats have just as much fun.
  • Have a high paying job – not a prerequisite to leading a fun and happy expat life.
We have to thank Lindsey for allowing us to create this infographic.
We were inspired to make this infographic after we came across her blog on becoming a French Expat. You can find her blog here

  • VacayGirl

    Love this! I believe I’ve got that DNA. Though I do think “not getting homesick” can fall under the Irrelevant DNA category a little bit. I’m sure a first time expat will experience a little of it. Even some seasoned might.

    I’m not an expat yet but soon hope to be.

    • arjunrajkumar

      Thanks VacayGirl! True, definitely agree that even seasoned expats do get homesick at some point or the other, but people who dont enjoy their expat experience usually feel homesick all the time. Thats the difference.

      Good luck on your expat adventures! Sure you will have a wonderful time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Gavin McMillan

    I really enjoyed this infographic.

    I especially like how you highlight the fact that being well-travelled or otherwise has no bearing on the success of an expat experience. There are thousands of cases of people moving abroad having previously done only a small amount of foreign tavel who really adapt to and enjoy a new existence overseas.

    • hamadjifri

      Completely agree with you Gavin. A lot of people discover the joy of travel after a stint abroad. Once an expat, always an expat!

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