Community, Co-Living, and Curry

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on January 12, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

The life of an expat can be difficult when you begin to miss the comforts of home. The food isn’t the same as you are used to, your friends and family are thousands of miles away, and you don’t know how to feel at home anymore. Though this is an experience felt by many, there are remedies to these problems. Your new life may be different, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a sense of home.  

Finding a community of people like you can certainly be a great step in the right direction. Keep reading to discover how one city’s expat community takes this idea very seriously.

If you are missing your favorite foods, there are probably great ways to recreate them, or even find a local restaurant that can do it for you. If not, do what one group of expats did and just have the food delivered hundreds of miles for one night of nostalgia and delicious Indian food.

Also included in this week’s round-up, find out how one city will be taking advantage of the new co-living trend to fight one of its growing issues.


There’s No Shortage of Expat Events in Istanbul

As the new year approached, I noted the importance of staying close with your community as an expat. Istanbul is one city that I’ve realized takes great strides in creating strong community ties for expats looking to get involved with not only other expats, but also their new home. Here are just some of the examples of strong expat communities I’ve found in this city.

For the fifth year in a row, one expat from Singapore will be holding her Pop-Up Dinners Istanbul event. She came by way of England over two decades ago and opened up her home to guests, mostly expats, who get to experience her delicious food. The menu features cuisine from all over the world. Expats in Istanbul come together to enjoy familiar and new foods, discuss their journeys, and learn from one another.

Volunteering is a great opportunity to give back to the community while becoming close with your fellow expats. Istanbul hosts volunteer opportunities for those looking to make a social impact in the city. In the past, the organization has held Turkish, English, Arabic, and French-speaking clubs, fundraisers for refugees, and a cultural talk series.

If you just want a night to hang out and laugh with some friends, Take Me Up the Bosphorus regularly holds an English-language comedy open mic night.

Finding your community will change the way you think of expatriating. Though you may miss the comforts of home, having a network of people doing exactly what you are doing can provide an equally important sense of comfort that will allow you to get the most out of your time abroad.


Can Co-Living Save a City?

As you may know, Escape Artist has begun exploring the exciting world of co-living. Co-living is exciting for young digital nomads, investors, and realtors that could benefit significantly from this growing trend.

Previously, I’ve only viewed co-living as a new, trendy way of living that allows young people to get the most out of life while saving money. These spaces provide housing for like-minded individuals who are concerned with sustainability and innovation. Now, however, I’ve discovered that co-living can even help one city with an impending housing issue that it has been facing.  

Tel Aviv sees the great advantages of co-living and may soon be relying on the co-living model to help fix their ongoing housing shortage issue. Tel Aviv City Hall has started to work with New York-based co-living and coworking company WeWork. WeWork offers affordable urban living spaces with common areas, kitchens, laundry rooms, and more.

The project will consist of the construction of a 17-story building. This sustainable model will hopefully bring peace to the city as it faces the issue of not enough housing for its population and high rent prices.


500-Mile Food Delivery

If you are sick of hearing upsetting news from around the world like I am, here is one of those stories that will restore the hope that may have slipped away. Are you ever away from home and you miss your favorite food? No matter how much youConsumer Resource Guide try to recreate it, it’s never as good as that one place that makes it the best. This was the case for one group of British expats in France, so they decided to do something about it.

One group of British expats located in France were just not happy with the Indian food located in the area, so they decided to do something about it. One favorite Indian restaurant, the Akash, located in Southsea, has teamed up with flight school Iroise Aero Formation to deliver the delicious food 500 miles to Saucats Airfield in France for a one-time special event. In France, the food will be reheated and served to 50 eager (and hungry) expats. It will only cost each customer £32. Customers will be able to choose from their usual favorites like chicken tikka masala, lamb balti, paneer karahi, and naan.

This is an insanely good idea! There are so many foods that I miss from back home, and I’d pay any amount of money to get my favorites delivered to me! My question is…how much will they have to tip the delivery guy?


There is so much the world can offer if you look hard enough. Being far from home doesn’t mean you have to give up your comfort. There are so many ways to make your journey feel close to home.

At Escape Artist, we aim to ensure that your travels abroad run as smoothly as they can. Don’t be afraid to stop by and see what we have to offer.

Whether you are planning on living, working, retiring, or investing overseas, Escape Artist can help you every step of the way.

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This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on January 12, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.