If you have moved away from the UK for a significant period of time you probably experienced some level of culture shock when you first arrived in your new country of residence. Most people are prepared for this, and realise it takes time to adjust. What you may not be aware of is that a similar process is likely to happen if you move back to British shores. Read how to cope with it!
‘We all know how estate agents are masters of euphemism. For “quaint” read “old and shabby”. “Secluded” or “peaceful residential area” seems to mean “in the middle of nowhere and miles from public transport and shops”. What I hadn’t expected was the frequent sheer inability to communicate simple information in a coherent manner.’ Kay makes a foray into the confusing world of estate agents’ listings.
As an expat, you will be all too familiar with the stresses of moving away and reversing the process can be equally stressful—especially when there’s family involved. But help is at hand, with Removal Services Scotland’s excellent The Ultimate Family Moving Guide.
After living overseas for a long time it’s easy to get in the way of thinking that if the worst comes to the worst, you just have to make sure you have enough money left for the flight home. But life ain’t that simple, as some returning expats have found out to their cost.
This month: The green, green grass of home? Some of the practical difficulties faced by British expats on return to the United Kingdom.