Many expatriates who say goodbye to their home country know full well that this will not be the last time they see their home. But over time, some decide to divide their time between their adopted country and their home country. Is this feasible? This article will look into some of the advantages and disadvantages of dividing your time between two countries if you are an expatriate.
Expatriates who have worked for many years in their adopted country and have reached the age of retirement in that country will often find it much easier to divide their time between their adopted country and their home country than younger expatriates who are still working. Self employed workers also tend to have greater flexibility when it comes to their employment status. Their home run business is often mobile and can be taken with them when they move, which will not present too many problems. They will still be able to divide their time between the two countries and still maintain their current income.
However, for expatriates who are in a typical 9-5pm job, asking for six months off each year will not go down too well with many employers. They will want to employ people who are dependable and who will be there year round. The only other way to get around this is to take on casual employment that does not require the same commitment as a 9-5pm job for 6 months out of the year. But, if you take casual employment with no guaranteed weekly hours, you cannot be sure that the money you earn will be enough to cover your bills and travel expenses.
Moving every 6 months between two countries can be very unsettling. It can make settling down very difficult for both the expatriate and any family members, particularly children. Sooner or later, the expatriate will need to decide where they plan to settle down with their family.
Expatriates who wish to live in their adopted country and their home country will need to work out what to do about their living arrangements. Will they rent a home 6 months out of the year in their adopted country and a further 6 months in their home country? What about household possessions? Storage and moving costs will need to be taken into account each and every time the expatriate moves. Moving is not cheap at the best of times. But if you move twice a year every year, moving costs can quickly eat into a budget.
Many expatriates are from countries where there is universal health care coverage at no cost to them. Dividing their time between both countries can give them the opportunity to take advantage of their country’s free health care while they are living there. This can be of great benefit to them if they are suffering from a serious illness that requires round the clock care. The money that is saved in medical treatment can be saved or spent on more important things.
It is certainly possible for expatriates to divide their time between their adopted country and their home country. But it takes a great deal of planning, work and the willingness to move frequently. This type of lifestyle will not just affect the expatriate. It will also affect their spouse, children and other family members. Before choosing this lifestyle, all possible factors need to be taken into consideration and worked through.