I was inspired by a recent Huffington Post – so much so that I headed over to iStockphoto and Getty Images to see what they had to say about expat life.
Getty images was by far the most prolific in it’s coverage of the subject, going so far was to attach ‘concepts’ to the category,
Relaxation (160) Togetherness (153) Choice (145) Friendship (97) Cool Attitude (59)
all of which seemed positively perky, but with very little resemblance to my own experience of expat life, unless you put the term ‘long-suffering/accident prone/abandoned at moment’s notice/separated by continents and timezones’ in front of the friendship bit, and bear in mind that togetherness is a euphemism for ‘traveling economy’.
So, in place of the Getty Image version of expat life, we have the rather more Gritty Image, Defining Moves version..
Traveling with Children
There is a reason you fly Business Class to your new destination. It’s designed to soften you up.
You get lured by the dream of bright sunlight, arching ceilings and no dusting.
It’s one of the main reasons we do it – to explore new ways of understanding ourselves, our relationships and our world..
But it’s not just about the people – the environment you find yourself in has a huge part to play too. It’s all about challenging stereotypes and assumptions..
But at the end of the day, you learn that home is not just where you lay your hat, it’s where you rest your weary head.