I’m thrilled to be joining all you ‘jet settlers’ today as part of my virtual book tour celebrating the launch of @Home in Dubai… Getting Connected Online and on the ground, but, today’s post is about more than just Dubai. I must say, when I found Bethany and Adam’s site, I felt like there was someone who really defined what I was all about (and obviously so many others out there as the following here has grown exponentially in such a short period of time).
Jet Setter vs. Jet Settlers
We’ve all heard the term, jet setters, right? It brings to mind the traveling elite of the world, who jet around, fleetingly visiting exotic places and sipping pink champagne on the beach. Well, us jet settlers prefer to find exotic places to actually put down roots in… really immerse ourselves and get connected.
Combing the Shelves – Online and on the Ground
I’ve been an expat since 1993 and comparing the process of expatriating then and now is an interesting exercise. Looking back almost 20 years, doing the research was a totally different ball game. Whenever we planned to travel somewhere, it meant a trip to the bookstore to comb the shelves for anything you could put your hands on that referenced your destination. Lonely Planet and Fodor’s were always our staples. Now, everything you could possibly need is right at your fingertips, at the click of a mouse. (Although I still like to travel with book in hand and I do have the Lonely Planet guide to Dubai…and Thailand.) The biggest problem with online research is, there’s so much to wade through, and you don’t really know who’s the authority or what information is credible. You have to read quick and smart and weed out the crap.
The Expat Authorities
The best resource on any country you plan to move to or visit is those who have been there and experienced it first hand. With all the input I gathered from a wide range of expats I hope that @Home in Dubai will help newcomers really get comfortable in their new home. There are tons of resources and references (including a list of must follow bloggers), case studies, and how-tos to help cut through the red tape. The UAE is a country full of conundrums, and it’s hard to find good, consistent information, which is why I wrote the book in the first place. It’s a fun city, once you get your bearings, so if you’re going, get yourself connected and get out there and explore!