I have noticed lately, a number of travel bloggers referring to themselves as expats, after having only been travelling for 6 to 12 months.
To be an expat means “to withdraw (oneself) from residence in one’s native country”. In my eyes, you need to be pursuing citizenship in your new country of residence, not just jaunting through the country on an extended tourist visa or overstaying as an illegal immigrant.
I don’t care what wikipedia says You are not an expat.
You are on a sojourn
you are staying in a country for a while, you may have a home, a job, a lover. If you are not planning on living there permanently (and pursuing citizenship) , you are better described as a sojourner.
A sojourn is a temporary stay. It describes travellers who stay or reside temporarily.
Sojourn accurately describes what many of us long term travellers do. And it’s a much prettier word. Don’t you think?
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