Most people who move abroad enjoy the familiarity of an existing expat community and seek out destinations with a number of expats already in residence.
But not everyone.
There are a few of us who want to live among the local community, become a part of the local culture, and are happy if we rarely see another American or Canadian expat.
There are a few advantages to living a local lifestyle in a foreign community…
- The cost of living is usually lower, without the market influence that expat communities often bring. This usually includes properties;
- The cultural experience is far richer and more authentic;
- It’s much easier to learn the local language when you’re using it to get by every day;
- You’ll make friends quickly and easily if you’re one of only a few North Americans in the area, and you’ll enjoy a smoother assimilation.