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.

Photo: ZouteDrop

7 fears that only expats understand

I’m an expat in Iceland. Here’s how I got over the feeling of alienation and otherness.

Why you don’t want to get on the wrong side of the law in Japan as a foreigner

You know Japan has become your home when…

You know New Zealand has become your home when…

10 ways teaching abroad will change your life

10 tips for finding a job in the holiday industry

Are “beg-packers” romantic wanderers or privileged parasites?

Why I wish I’d traveled less in my 20s

Don’t make this your biggest regret when living abroad

What I wish I knew before taking a gap year

I always felt like an outsider to my own culture. Here’s how travel helped me find my place.

8 things Americans can learn from China

Here’s why I love to pay my taxes in Sweden

How a gap year abroad will make you a better person

6 tools I’ve used to survive the digital nomad lifestyle

Canadian filmmaker gives away $250K dream life in South-East Asia

I’m an American living in Thailand, and this is how people make me feel welcome

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