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For many people the reason they choose not to go the route of a professional expat is because they think that living abroad means giving up family ties and no longer being able to remain close with your family and friends back home. This just isn’t the case, as the Internet has allowed for instant communication on a global scale. Not to mention there are international airports in just about every city in the world, and no matter if you live a 10 hour drive or a 10 hour flight away from your home family, you can still get back home for the holidays just as easily as an expat as you can as a normal individual.
Keeping family ties is an important aspect of living abroad as a digital nomad because of the simple fact that you are thousands of miles away from home and without any sort of local connections during your initial days on the ground you are going to feel out of place and probably lonely unless you happen to be traveling with a partner. The ability to connect via Facebook or other social media platforms and communicate with your family and friends back home enables you to adapt more quickly to your local environment, because you don’t feel as though you’re in a strange place, but rather as though you simply moved a few hours away. Which, in reality, is all you’ve really done considering the ease of transportation via airlines.
While an important part of expat living is blending into the local environment as well as making friends with other expats and locals, there’s nothing wrong with heading home for the holidays or scheduling regular trips once every few months to keep ties with your home country and your friends in the city where you grew up. And just because you are living somewhere else on the planet doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch the same way you would normally when you are simply living a few hours away in a different state.
The most important thing to remember is that there is no reason to stress about living in another country as an expat when you know you can get back home with a simple plane flight. On top of that you have things such as Skype to stay connected with your family and friends on a regular basis absolutely free, so long as you have a laptop and an Internet connection. The bottom line is that there are dozens of ways to stay in touch and just because you live in another corner of the globe doesn’t mean you are cut off from your home.
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