Daily Archives: June 22, 2010

A to Z of Successful Expatriation™: D is for DISCOVERY

Traveling always brings about discovery and for many of us one of the reasons we become expats is to discover something new.  We discover new cultures; new foods; new ways of dressing; new friendships; and new fun things to do.  The whole expatriate experience is about discovering – and while there are tons of things to discover around us, I want to focus on discoveries that we make within us.

Moving to another place creates change in our lives and, as that change challenges us, we get to discover how we are around that change.  We get to discover and learn things about ourselves we may have never known.  And with it we may even discover new callings in life – a new career, a new line of education, a new business opportunity.

So the D in the A to Z of Successful Expatriation™ isn’t only about discovering the world outside of ourselves – but it’s also about discovering and exploring our internal world.  Seeing for the first time qualities we’ve had all along, but never paid attention to is also a discovery.  Kind of like the discovery of things you’ve forgotten you had… those of you, who move frequently and take most of your household with you, will relate as you remember the giddy feeling of unpacking and seeing things you’ve forgotten about because they spent a few months in transit.

What have been your discoveries – external and internal?  And what other D’s are out there?

For all the letters in the A to Z of Successful Expatriation™ click here.

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