Having been an expat teacher for 6 years now, in both Doha and Dubai, there are so many things I’ve learned along the way! But knowing these 9 things would have made my life so much easier!

1. I wish I’d known how to research schools abroad, so I could have separated the good from the ugly!

2. I definitely wish I’d asked to see my contract before agreeing to it! To see what I should have done, read this!

3. I wish I’d knew what to expect from a good teaching package. Click here to download your Ideal Teaching Package Checklist!


4. I wish I’d had a support network before moving abroad. Come join our wonderfully supportive and kind Empowering Expat Teachers FB community today. EET meet-ups have already started! 👍

5. I wish I’d made a fixed plan rather than living my life on a year-to-year basis. This would have allowed me to maybe have settled a bit faster into expat life and perhaps have travelled and saved more, but that’s life! I did what I thought was right at the time. #noregrets #lifeistooshort

6. I wish I’d started being clever about money sooner. Now I try to read something about money each day, whether it is an article about saving, investing, spending, or financial empowerment. Here are my top 7  financially inspiring books.  Luckily, I managed to save enough in my 4 years working in Qatar to buy a 4-bedroom buy-to-let house in my home country, but I still believe I could have saved EVEN MORE!

7. I wish I’d realised how to travel more cheaply! See No. 8 for more information on this…

8. I wish I known about how to make banks and credit cards work better for me. Check out Tip No. 4 for more information in my post showing Empowered Expat Teachers how to save an extra 1,000 AED/ QR per month.


9. I wish I’d known what absolute essentials to bring out with me when I moved. From my personal experience living in Qatar and Dubai, here are the 7 essentials to pack when you move abroad!


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Current expat teachers in our Empowering Expat Teachers community, is there anything else you wish you’d known before making the move? Comment below!