50 shades of expat... Which one are you?

(66 Posts)
Salbertina Wed 28-Nov-12 20:06:37

So theres the overstayed the extended holiday/ sabbatical and could never leave version

Or the "Gone native" - moved overseas as married a local

Or the Expat queen packaged to the hilt (I seem to know lots --and am jealous as hell--)

The "worthy" aid worker type on contract

The "grass is always greener type" who just
keeps relocating in a relentless search for the perfect place to live

The retired seasonal "swallow" who lucked in with the pension and property market enough to be able to follow the sun

All slightly tongue-in-cheek at such stereotyping by the way... No offence meant...

Must be many more types... If anyone wants to play... Must be bored...

Salbertina Wed 28-Nov-12 20:08:12

Think I'm partly grass is always greener, part overstayer.. Should anyone be interested wink

CaliforniaLeaving Wed 28-Nov-12 20:46:22

I'm an old moved forever, birthed raised the kids abroad, but changed her mind and wants to go home now.

NotMoreFootball Wed 28-Nov-12 23:45:20

I'm an Expat Queen but I think I've found the place for me where the grass is much much greener than anywhere else I've known. Slightly scared at the thought of 'going local' though and having to be responsible for my own life without the luxury of always having 'don't worry, the company will sort it out' for everything from kids school text books to needing a new house!!

ripsishere Thu 29-Nov-12 00:37:54

I don't think I fit into any of those categories.
I'm a 'Oh, that's a new place and the traveling will be easy and cheap' sort of exprat.

mortimersraven Thu 29-Nov-12 00:56:11

grin exprat!!!! I know a few of those!

Longdistance Thu 29-Nov-12 01:04:19

I'm on my dh business visa, expat.

TanteRose Thu 29-Nov-12 01:06:24

I'm a "gone native" expat, married with kids, and part of the local community.

almost all of my friends here are the same (something in common)

HOWEVER, I will never be seen as a proper local, however long I am here, however well I speak the language, and even if I took Japanese nationality (which I would never do, as it would mean giving up my British passport), I will never blend in, like I guess expats in Europe/US/Aus etc can do, to a certain extent.

After 21 years, I guess I'm used to it...

vvviola Thu 29-Nov-12 01:08:14

I'm an "itchy feet" expat. I go away for up to 3 years at a time (often on assignment for work), come back home and say "that's it, I'm done travelling for now. It'll be nice to settle down at home and be permanent somewhere".

18 months later a job opportunity comes up somewhere and it's "ooh, wouldn't it be great to live there for a while" grin

Next move hone will be the last though. Really. Maybe

Smorgs Thu 29-Nov-12 01:11:30

Exprat! Hilarious - think I'm one of those. Used to be an overstayer when I was in a different place about a decade ago. Now probably more expat queen, although our package isn't as lucrative as many I've heard of. Maybe I'll turn into a 'grass is always greener' type hmm

SavoyCabbage Thu 29-Nov-12 01:32:06

I'm an immigrant.

Sibble Thu 29-Nov-12 04:03:57

Gone native!

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Thu 29-Nov-12 04:15:36

I'm a new category- "Expat-lite". Only do postings where I can speak English, there are international schools and there is a clearly defined expat population to hang out with so I don't have to spend 2 years trying to infiltrate friendship groups that have existed from school whilst speaking German grin

Dubai- tick, Hong Kong- tick. Next stop Singapore??

londonmoo Thu 29-Nov-12 05:13:47

I'm a fledgling, just hopped off the branch, not entirely sure I can fly but giving it a go, steering clear of mangy cats, trying hard to blend, enjoying tasting new kinds of seeds but aware that I'll probably always return north for winter. Or west.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Thu 29-Nov-12 05:24:53

Not really an expat, more of a migrant (the difference is in the package slight envy there).
Serial, gone local in the UK, but moved all again as a family. None of us is born in the same country. Still living where DD2 is born but probably not for long. It is not the grass is greener, it is more about sizing the oportunity.

Labootin Thu 29-Nov-12 05:33:44

Expat lite :Dubai

I buy my groceries in waitrose FFS.

FellatioNelson Thu 29-Nov-12 05:38:11

Well if I had to pick one from your list I'm afraid I only fit in to the Expat Queen category. grin Although I am reluctant to see it quite as you do! It is a nice life though - can't deny it.

WhatSheSaid Thu 29-Nov-12 06:51:21

I'm in the overstayer category (arrived in 2001 for a year, never left) but think of myself more as an immigrant/migrant than an expat.

amyboo Thu 29-Nov-12 06:58:28

I don't fit into any of those. I guess I'm a bit of an overstayer too, although I overstayed my student placement rather than a holiday. Came with DH (boyfriend at the time) for 12 months as a way to use my languages degree in 2002, to take up a graduate scheme place. I got offered an amazing job the following year, DH finally found a job, and we've never gone back. We're now in the "moved forever" category with kids in local schools, good jobs and a house to our name.

legalalien Thu 29-Nov-12 07:03:28

Homing pigeon. My parents moved me 12000 miles away as a baby, 28 years later I moved myself back and have been living a few miles from my birthplace for the last decade and a bit despite not having family here.

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezelsDude Thu 29-Nov-12 07:06:25

I'm a gone native expat, to the extent when funds allow I'll become a proper local with passport.

Part of me is still a grass is greener, want to rejoin the brain drain expat (like I was before meeting DH while in working holiday).

pupsiecola Thu 29-Nov-12 08:54:11

I've only just lost my ex-pat virginity - am a first timer. Still feeling a tad delicate but can see what all the fuss is about ...

NotMoreFootball I am keen to know the place you speak of as being much greener!

Gone native! I couldn't imagine living anywhere else now smile

Alligatorpie Thu 29-Nov-12 11:57:07

Grass is always greener - or maybe just have itchy feet!

Gone native...

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