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Expat Life

For many Matadorians, travel might not mean “travel” at all, but rather immersing oneself in a foreign culture as an expat. The potential payoffs are huge: language acquisition, adopting a new way of seeing the world, really “getting” a place to an extent that passers-through aren’t able to.

There are hardships too. Expats have to find a place to live and work, connect with a new social circle, and deal with homesickness, all while navigating a new language and culture.

With the help of its editorial staff and expat contributors around the world, Matador has generated articles on all aspects of this form of living / traveling.

Expat Life Articles

42 signs you’ve been in Australia too long

by Alexandra E. Petri

21 reasons you should drop everything and move to Phnom Penh

by Emily Lodish

9 signs you’ve become culturally Filipino

by Samantha Jenkins

5 things French people learn when they move to Japan

by Agn├Ęs Gallais

You know you’re back in America when…

by Jacqueline Kehoe

15 ways you know you’ve become culturally Belgian

by Amaia

12 signs you’ve been in Nicaragua too long

by Sarah Sax

4 totally unrealistic things American expats wish for on Christmas

by Carleen Krug

What it’s like to be gay in South Korea

by Meg Ten Eyck

How to tell where somebody studied abroad

by Matt Hershberger

10 lies you tell yourself when you come to Canada on a work visa

by Niall Colbert

20 signs you’re culturally Chilean

by Elyssa Garrett

7 lies we tell our parents before we move abroad

by Cathy Brown

Being a black alien in South Korea is easier than being a black alien at home

by Shari Shepard

5 lies you tell yourself when you move overseas

by Carleen Krug

12 things you’ll miss when leaving Hong Kong

by Samantha Jenkins

9 lies people tell themselves before teaching abroad

by Amy Scheiner

5 signs you’ve been in Japan too long

by Steve McCabe
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