The London Relocation agency assists anyone moving to London, even if it’s just a move within the UK or the city itself. However, London Relocation agents find that most often their clientele consists of expats like themselves, those making an international relocation from numerous countries around the globe. Expatriotism is a common trend as technology increasingly shrinks our world and makes it easier for people to work from anywhere in the world; it has resulted in a more global mindset that has larger  numbers considering what life would be like in an another country and culture, not only desiring to visit a new destination but actually live there.

When I first made the relocation to London myself, I very much missed home, and my global curiosity had already been sufficiently satisfied through annual world travels. To put it bluntly, I didn’t particularly feel the need to actually live somewhere else so long as I made the time and money to allow me to visit to my heart’s content. So when it came to actually moving to London, I had mixed feelings.

But, being a literature-lover, I tried to fancy the romance of it when I considered how some of my favorite authors like  F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway were American expatriates. By that time, WWI had introduced many young Americans to nations overseas as they volunteered their efforts, and the experience left them with a restlessness back home; they’d experienced the cruel realities of war but also an indulgent freedom that contrasted with more seemingly stifling expectations among family and peers in American society. So, many returned and left constraints like Prohibition and practical careers behind to frolic in Europe’s playground and cultivate their artistic sensibilities. Even Europe must have seemed so exotic back then, before people were able to hop a commercial flight overseas almost as easily as hail a taxi on the street.

I happen to be reading about the 1920s right now, which is what brings this all fresh to mind right now. The world has changed so drastically since then that international relocation or travel is really not so “foreign,” per se, and expats communities have expanded far beyond merely the artistic and/or rich “elite.” Nonetheless, I’m constantly blogging here about the changes such a move does entail, and it’s surely no less a mind-opening experience today as it was back then. Furthermore, I came upon this passage in my book, Lucy Moore’s Anything Goes, about the sentiments of many 1920s American expats that are not all too different from my own:

“The more insightful among them recognized that, paradoxically, living abroad made it possible to look more clearly at the United States, to better judge and comment on what they had left behind. Their time away actually intensified their Americanness, rather than diluting it, and this became a powerful inspiration for many. Then, too, returning Americans found that they like being back home—that the familiar had charms more potent than they remembered.”

Just some food for thought as you make your own international relocation to London. You’ll see that it’s almost as much about reflecting on where you’re moving from as it is learning about where you’re moving to.