Is there such a thing as ‘the typical expat’?

My first reaction is to say no because I believe every person is different and therefore so is every expat. But I do believe we have certain things in common, a certain way of looking at life at least that makes living and working abroad more appealing to us and I feel the following article describes that quite well…


1. Eagerness to learn
Expats are open minded and eager to learn new things – from culture through to history and where to find the best hair of the dog on a Sunday, expats are eager to learn everything there is to know about their new city, culture, and way of life. There’s (almost) nothing they’d say no to!

2. Not afraid of a challenge
Expats throw themselves into the deep end and they’re not afraid of a new challenge. Relocating to a new city is equal parts exciting and terrifying, but they do it anyway…

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Featured image: taken in Athens while traveling through Greece just after I left my job on the island of Kos.


Author: Sanne Wesselman
A traveler, wanderer, digital nomad and entrepreneur. Owner of marketing company A to Z Marketing (
I spend most of my time living and working abroad and use this blog to share some of my international experiences and travel tips.