Neil B. is an Expat from the United Kingdom who relocated to the United States. Neil moved to Illinois, USA with his family in late 2013. Read about Neil’s experience moving to the USA with his family, and learn what tips he shares with future Expats.
Q. DID YOU RELOCATE WITH FAMILY? CHILDREN? HOW ARE THEY ADJUSTING TO RELOCATING? WHAT DO THEY ENJOY MOST ABOUT THEIR NEW COUNTRY?
A. Yes, settling in well. We enjoy the space and the friendliness of the people.
Q. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST FEW MONTHS IN YOUR NEW LOCATION? ANY CHALLENGES? IF SO, HOW DID YOU RESOLVE THEM?
A. Challenging and COLD! We were adapting to a new life in a new country in the middle of winter which was difficult at times. Especially with the weather being so extreme. The support from our relocation assistants helped a lot.
Q. NOW THAT YOU ARE SETTLING IN, IS THERE A BIG CHANGE IN CULTURE? DID YOU FIND ANY HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR EXPATS?
A. Not a huge change in culture but significant. Help for Expats is there but we have found the community very welcoming.
Q. ARE THERE ANY TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE TO A FRIEND OR FELLOW EXPAT THAT YOU WISH SOMEONE SHARED WITH YOU BEFORE YOU BEGAN YOUR FOREIGN ASSIGNMENT/RELOCATION?
A. Insurance can be a nightmare !