Being alone in another country for
work is already challenging. Getting stuck there due to the lack of flights is
even worse. Your options are limited and you might have to sacrifice until
things get better. Before you become hopeless, you need to understand that your
situation is only temporary and everything will soon come to an end.
Find a way to go home
you were able to keep your job and you’re happy with where you are, it’s
not a problem. It’s even better if you’re with family. You can continue doing
your job and live like you’re one of the locals. It only becomes an issue if
you lost your job and you can no longer sustain the expenses. You have to coordinate
with the embassy right away. Most countries have a repatriation flight for
their citizens to get back home. Inform your embassy if you couldn’t afford to
pay for the flights too. You might get help in that regard. As soon as flights
are available, you have to prepare to leave.
Always listen to the news
You have to know the updates about
the coronavirus cases in the country. If you have loved ones back home, you
should also know
what’s going on there. When you listen for updates, you will know what to
do if you want to get out. You will also know if there are upcoming flights and
easing of restrictions. Countries have different means of relaying information
related to the pandemic, and others don’t have information in English. Ask your
local friends to update you if translations aren’t available.
Change your lifestyle
If you managed to keep your job,
you’re lucky. Many people got laid off as a result of this pandemic. Even
businesses had to shutter. However, it’s not certain that you will keep your
job until the pandemic is over. Considering that vaccines aren’t going to be
available soon, most businesses couldn’t operate as usual. Therefore, you
should change your lifestyle and learn to save money. Even if you can find a
way to get back home, there’s no job waiting for you there. Millions of people
have lost their jobs around the world, and getting one at this time is close to
impossible. Be honest with your family about the status of your business and
tell them to make sacrifices just like you.
Appreciate local tourist destinations
In some countries where the virus has
somehow been contained, domestic trips are possible. You can visit tourist
sites and other locations without the need to quarantine first. It’s your
chance to visit different places and enjoy them. You came to that country to
work, and you didn’t have the chance to enjoy its wonders. Since you’re working
from home most of the times, you can use this opportunity to be a tourist. When
things get back to normal, it won’t be easy anymore.
This pandemic is definitely a problem
for everyone, and the crisis doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. It’s even
worse for an expat like you. Be optimistic and make the most of the situation.
We will eventually get through it.
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