As more and more companies revert to working from home and providing flexible working conditions for their employees, there is much more opportunity for people to explore the world by travelling while working. This has given rise to growing expat communities in almost every major city around the world. On top of that, social media makes it easier than ever before for travellers to discover and meet fellow expats who come from the same country, speak the same languages or share similar interests, which helps to build expat communities.
Let’s take a look at how the expat trend has evolved over the past few years and what the benefits are of joining an expat community in a foreign country!
What is an Expat?
Expatriates, better known as expats, refer to people who reside in a country other than the country of their birth. Expats are often confused with digital nomads. While there are many similarities between the expat and digital nomad experience, expats tend to travel less frequently and instead dwell in one place for longer, whereas digital nomads are typically characterised by regular and more sporadic travel. For this reason, expats are more likely to develop deeper connections to their new homes, make friends, immerse in the local culture and even learn a new language! Furthermore, expats often work in their new country of residence and may also make longer-term investments such as buying a house or car.
Asia is especially popular among expats as well as digital nomads thanks to the myriad of tourist attractions as well as the ease of access since many Asian countries allow visa-free entry for citizens from a long list of countries. The large expat communities in Asian capital cities make it easy to connect to fellow expats no matter where you travel to. Singapore also has a big expat community with 1.65 million of the city-state’s population in 2020 being non-residents.
How to find an Expat Community Abroad
As mentioned earlier, social media is a major help in discovering and reaching out to fellow expats. There are countless websites, online forums, Facebook pages and Instagram accounts that are dedicated to supporting expat communities by arranging meetups and community events as well as sharing valuable information to help expats settle into their new homes.
Living in a foreign country should not be an isolated process where you simply seek to replicate the life you had in your home country. Part of the travel experience is to push the limits of your comfort zone, broaden your horizons and learn about and engage with local culture. Of course, this is much more fun to do when you have people to enjoy the experience with! Multicultural expat communities are not only great places to make new friends and professional connections, they also present a unique opportunity to learn about other cultures.
Expat Communities in Singapore
Singapore is a popular destination among travelers from Asia and the rest of the world, welcoming millions of tourists and digital nomads each year. The city is also home to a large community of long-term expats who work and reside here. Moreover, Singapore’s recent announcement of its roadmap to living with Covid-19 will aid in resuming travel and welcoming travellers from outside the country again.
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Singapore is home to a large community of digital nomads, international students and long-term expats. If you are wondering how to become part of Singapore’s exciting expat community, you will find that community events present a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and even make professional connections.
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