According to a UN report, about 3.2 percent of the world population lives abroad. This says so much about the desire of many to explore the different possibilities life offers. For example, second citizenship in Antigua, which can be applied for through investment into the country, is a wonderful opportunity that entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals can take advantage of.
For entrepreneurs or business owners, obtaining a second passport by investment from Antigua and Barbuda can subsequently make their global expansion goals easier. Meanwhile, for well-to-do people, the tropical climate and the holiday-like pace of life Antigua offers make up the ideal second home or second citizenship destination.
Living abroad holds so much promise in realizing certain life goals. However, there are challenges about starting fresh in a foreign place, even if it seems like a little slice of heaven. Differences in the culture, lifestyle, cuisine, and even bouts of homesickness are just some of them. If you are concerned about these, here are some tips that can help.
1. Enjoy the novelty of meeting new friends and associates
Enjoy being a novelty for a while although there is no need to try too hard to fit in right away, especially if you need to establish relationships in a business circle. Let your new connections see who you are and give them the pleasure of teaching you the way things are done in the country you are making your second home.
2. Accept what you cannot change.
For example, “island time” is a real thing in the West Indies. People take their time and enjoy the slower pace of life.
If you come from a country that is strict about punctuality, you may struggle a bit with setting appointments and following a schedule. So, instead of stressing over it, just accept what you cannot change.
However, if you are a business owner, of course, you can create your own culture within your operations. But, do that through proper training for your workers who may be mostly composed of homegrown folks.
3. Embrace local fast food.
Retrain your palate and eat like a local.
There are a lot of alternatives to the typical fast food joints where you are originally from (there is no McDonald’s in the entire Caribbean region, by the way, according to the Business Insider). Most of them make use of fresh ingredients which the region is abundant with. There are lots of vegetables and fruits, seafood, and well-seasoned and often spicy meat dishes.
Explore these fresh flavors and learn to appreciate them. Who knows, this may lead to a big improvement in your health.
4. Establish a routine.
A routine is a great foundation for creating a comfortable life wherever you may go. It presents a sense of continuity and peace even in an unfamiliar place with a culture and tradition that you are still trying to learn.
Upholding a routine can also make the other struggles that you have easier to deal with because you can look forward to it and regain energy from it.
5. Sit down and design the life you want.
It’s important to have a solid idea of the different kind of life that you want. So, sit and write about it, even just for yourself. This will help you organize the efforts that you need to exert to actually ‘possess’ this life.
If you have decided to move your family to Antigua from New York City, for example, identify the reasons why living in Antigua is better. Is it because the kids do not even get to play and explore outdoors in New York? If that’s the case, make sure that living in Antigua includes family hiking a few times a week after school and work, and heading to the beach every weekend.
The bottom line here is to be deliberate about implementing the improvements or harnessing the benefits that motivated you to invest in dual citizenship or to live abroad.
Double your happiness and fulfillment
If you are blessed with the resources to live a life with multiple home bases and dual citizenship, make the most out of it. Treat every challenge as an opportunity to further enrich yourself and grow your joy.
Also, because you have another life that you enjoy, consider yourself a channel of positive change for others. When you have friends and loved ones who want to visit you in Antigua, you can show them that having the best of two worlds truly is possible and it can be their life as well.
If they are also looking for a structured investment, a second passport is certainly worth considering.
Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.