[Editor’s Note: We are very excited to share with you the assignee’s spouse perspective on international relocation, from someone who has lived through five such moves. Rachel Yates edits a website, Defining Moves, devoted to assisting relocating families around the world. ]
Ten years ago, my partner was offered his first international relocation to Kenya. We saw it as an opportunity for adventure, travel and fun, and with that in mind, I made every mistake in the book. With hindsight, I had watched too many period dramas; in my mind, relocation was going to fall somewhere between Out of Africa and Downton Abbey. The reality was far less glamorous, and involved me spending the first six months sobbing, wondering what on earth I had done. So where did I go so badly wrong?