Life as a trailing spouse can be challenging. In many cases, becoming an expat partner can mean putting your career on hold for that of your other half. The stress of moving your family and possessions abroad is compounded by the emotional toll it can take, leaving family and friends behind.
When you get to your new home, everything is unfamiliar, and you may not have the anchor of a job in your area of expertise to provide you with some stability. It isn’t surprising that being a ‘trailing spouse’ makes the whole expat experience more challenging.
Overcoming these difficulties can be hard work but with time and persistence it can be done. Some of the most common challenges we hear from expat partners are: