“At Home Anywhere: Six Proven Expat Secrets for Making Yourself At Home in Any Foreign Country”
By: Rob Robideau
My expectations were surpassed on this read. Rob has a way of addressing the basics and foundation that everyone moving abroad should address. If there was a 101 class for expats, this would probably be it. I would consider it part of my manifesto. I also like the length – not too short, not too long!
Here are a few of the key take aways I got out of the book.
• The substance of a country is the people – not things like food, clothes or government.
• Ask stupid questions. Don’t be embarrassed, they are necessary.
• Your intuition is useless. You are conditioned with an understanding from the culture you were raised in. Learn and understand the new culture you are surrounded in.
• Ask why (to everything!)
• Make a list of the great things you like back home – how did you discover them there? Now try to recreate that in your new location.
• Stay out of your comfort zone.
• Tackle personal goals that you have previously avoided.
• Call it home.
• Have neutral expectations. Positive or negative – remain neutral.
• Follow the local crowd in dealing with problems.