Pre-departure: Am I really doing this?
Honeymoon: Vacations never felt like this
Culture Shock: Is this really happening?
Transformation: Finding your groove
Integration: A whole new reality
Each person’s experience is unique, and there are no hard and fast timetables to adjusting to your new life, but there are tools and strategies that make this process quicker and easier. This incredible experience is as much personal as it is geographic; your journey will be defined by how you react to the more challenging moments. I was fortunate to reach Integration during my most recent expatriate experience in Latin America and honestly did not want to leave. On the other hand, I experienced instances when I was living in Europe where I left the country prior to full-integration. I find myself often asking, “what if I had stayed longer?”
Community is an essential resource throughout the expatriate journey, and the Expat Focus community would love for you to share your experiences as you’ve moved through the different phases of integration.