Motivators for Coming Home

Today, Nextpat launches a series of articles regarding “MOTIVATORS for COMING HOME.”

What made you return home? What factors did you consider? What has been the fallout of that decision? Have you faced pushback due to your decision? Have you reconsidered based on this pushback?

I’d love to hear which of the below factors you considered in your journey home. How has that impacted the actual transition and focus of your transition?

In our follow up articles, we’ll discuss common challenges people face when coming home for the reasons described below. We’ll also explore ideas to mitigate those challenges. Let us know if there is something you are particularly interested in!


Find a Partner: Dating overseas can be hard! You may not find someone who gets the same cultural references, or you might want to return home in the long run, or you find long-distance to be equally hard as dating someone local. If you want to find a partner, coming home might be a reasonable option. Home ensures a pool of people with a similar background, who understand your culture. And, if you want to head back overseas, you can likely find that too!

Reconnect with Family and Friends (loneliness), Put Down Roots: Some families may want their children to have a close relationship with grandparents, which can require proximity. Maybe you just want to have friends to go to brunch with and concerts. Sometimes being overseas feels like all your friends are expats simply because you are foreigners, not based on common interest. Coming home can give you freedom to find the common interest friendships again. For some putting down roots might also be about establishing a home – something that transience can often challenge.

Eldercare: Nextpat will explore this in a two-part series later this year. Many people return home to take care of parents or grandparents. There are tons of eldercare resources out there. Nextpat will specifically explore how to manage the repatriation or tak