#1 Your social media feeds are filled with posts in multiple languages. You are able to figure out most of what’s happening via context; you rely on Google Translate for the rest.
#2 It takes you a good five minutes to answer the question: “Where are you from?” Do you mean where I was born, where I was raised, or where I live now?
#3 You root for multiple teams in the Olympics and World Cup. But what do you do when they play each other??!
#4 The speed at which you’re able to mentally convert different currencies is your new party trick.
#5 You own far fewer things than most people your age, but almost each item comes with its own story and memory.
#6 What would be simple errands in your home country become major accomplishments in your adopted homeland.
#7 You try to hide how sad it makes you when your friends and family no longer expect you to attend weddings, holidays, reunions, and other major milestones.
#8 Your expat friends have become your surrogate family. They watch your kids for you, celebrate your birthday, invite you over for holidays, and listen to you vent over a glass of wine.
#9 Your passport is always up-to-date and readily accessible.
#10 You have strong opinions about Skype vs. FaceTime vs. WhatsApp.
#11 Nothing embarrasses you anymore. New country, new language, new culture—being an expat is a humbling experience and little humiliations are daily occurrences. Now you laugh it all off.
#12 You find yourself eating food that would have turned your stomach before.
#13 Your weather app is a travel log of all the places you’ve visited over the past year.
#14 You watch your nieces and nephews grow up through pictures.
#15 You know that any friend who visits you more than once is a friend for life.
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2 thoughts on “15 Signs You’re an Expat”
And if you have family members that are Expats there’s a whole other list – #1 Having to check the atlas every time your Expat family says they’re going somewhere on vacation!
That would be a great guest post! 10 Signs You Have an Expat Family Member. Love it!