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Charlotte is WorldFirst’s Marketing and Communications Specialist for Singapore and Australia, bringing more than 4 years’ experience across Europe, Australia and Asia to the team.

In 2013, Charlotte transitioned to financial services after a two year stint in media, and began her career in Marketing and Communications for a multinational insurance company, in the City of London.

Since returning to Australia, Charlotte has traded the world of insurance for foreign exchange and now manages the content, PR, social media and internal communications for two of WorldFirst’s six global offices.

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November 23, 2017

Overcoming Distance Despair as an Expat

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If you’ve recently moved across the globe for work, chances are your life has been busier than usual.

Aside from the mountain of administrative tasks that come with relocating internationally (like organising shipping, opening up new bank accounts and finding a new neighbourhood to call home) you’ve probably been riding on an excitement high and buzzing from the novelty of starting a new life chapter.

What happens, though, when the initial thrill of planting roots in a foreign land starts to wear off and the reality of ‘real life’ begins to creep in?

For some lucky people, these experiences are like water off a duck’s back and they have no trouble fitting into a new way of life. Happy days.

For the rest of us, however, comprehending this huge change can be extremely challenging, and the comfort of home can quickly feel very far away.

We’ve teamed up with international currency transfer specialists, WorldFirst, to investigate the trials and tribulations of being an expat in Singapore and came up with some ways to make the distance from home feel a little closer.

1.  Broaden your Outlook

You know that Outlook calendar you spend half the working day in - checking, scheduling and cancelling business meetings? Use it to schedule in catch up times with friends and family too.

You’re more likely to keep a commitment if it’s in the diary (the diary you actually check) and a 30 minute Skype call with your BFF will be one reminder you’ll be happy to see pop up.

Don’t forget you can mark any personal appointments as private too, so only you can see what’s coming up.

2.  All hail the snail mail

Remember the days of going on a trip and picking out fun postcards to send back home?

It’s sadly becoming less common with the rise of technology and people aren’t as inclined to pick up a pen to communicate to their loved ones.

We are now so spoilt for choice when it comes to connecting with people across the globe – especially with the rise of social media. So has the advance in communication made our travel tales lose their charm a little?

Next time you turn to your phone to send an impulsive WhatsApp message, take a moment to really think about the story you want to tell and put pen to paper instead.  

Don’t be surprised if your mum sticks every postcard you’ve written on the front of the fridge either.

3.  Exercise with friends and family

How do you do that if they’re so far away, we hear you ask?

Invest in a fitness watch, like a Fitbit, and you can add your family and friends to your network (wherever they are in the world) and work on your fitness goals together – or better yet, go head-to-head in competing with them in a Fitbit challenge.

4.  Meet at the halfway point

If you’ve just arrived in a new country, you probably don’t want to spend all your hard earned cash on flights back home right away.

Travelling to new places, however, is a great part of being an expat. So why not kill two birds with one stone and invite your friends from home to join you?

Jump onto Skyscanner to bag the best deals and if you can’t decide on a location, filter your destination search to ‘everywhere’ and see what pops up.

For a 4 day weekend in February 2018, you can find return flights from Singapore to the following countries for under $200 SGD*:

  • Jakarta, Indonesia ($83)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ($94)
  • Phuket, Thailand ($137)
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ($129)
  • Manilla, Philippines ($181)

*Flight details recorded on 04/10/17 from Skyscanner at 09.00 AEST  

If you’re trying to really save your money though, you could probably make good use of a $5,000 flight centre voucher. 

We think so too, which is why you should complete WorldFirst’s expat discovery survey and go in the draw to win exactly that.

This team of currency transfer specialists want to hear about your experience as an expat in Singapore, whether you’ve recently begun a new life here or this has been your second home for some time.

Get in quick for your chance to win.

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Disclaimer: Visit the WorldFirst website for full terms and conditions. Competition closes on December 22nd 2017. These comments are the views and opinions of the author and should not be construed as advice. You should act using your own information and judgement. Whilst information has been obtained from and is based upon multiple sources the author believes to be reliable, we do not guarantee its accuracy and it may be incomplete or condensed. All opinions and estimates constitute the author’s own judgement as of the date of the briefing and are subject to change without notice. Please consider FX derivatives are high risk, provide volatile returns and do not guarantee profits. We have no commercial affiliation with any organisation or commercial interest regarding the venues mentioned in this article. The information is only provided as gathered and should be verified before, using your own judgement. *Although WorldFirst has prepared the Information contained in this website with all due care and updates the Information regularly, WorldFirst does not warrant or represent that the Information is free from errors or omission. Whilst the Information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the Information. The Information may change without notice and WorldFirst is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Charlotte Djukanovic is WorldFirst’s Marketing and Communications Specialist for Singapore and Australia, bringing more than 4 years’ experience across Europe, Australia and Asia to the team.

In 2013, Charlotte transitioned to financial services after a two year stint in media, and began her career in Marketing and Communications for a multinational insurance company, in the City of London.

Since returning to Australia, Charlotte has traded the world of insurance for foreign exchange and now manages the content, PR, social media and internal communications for two of WorldFirst’s six global offices.

Visit her author bio page to connect with her social profiles.

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