Singapore. I am currently doing a stint in Dubai, however, I have never been a « True Expat ».
For this article alone I am defining « True Expat » as an individual who has been sent abroad by their current company to a hardship post where their business either lacks a skill set or their business is breaking new ground and needs someone to set up, build and grow the business or an organisation has hired someone externally and relocated them to join their business outside of their home country.
With this new opportunity came the benefits of an increased salary, their housing paid for, one or two flights home per year for the family and a fully paid education for each of their children (Some companies even threw in a holiday allowance that could only be taken for holidays!). So, in general terms this would mean your salary was paid into the bank and generally never touched. Unfortunately for me, during my time aboard I have always run my own business and therefore, I cannot really be classed as an expat but more a business owner who is constantly looking at the bottom line.
The Expat Danger Zone | Kyle Blockley | LinkedIn.