Get useful expat articles, health and financial news, social media recommendations and more in your inbox each month - free!

We respect your privacy - we don't spam and you can unsubscribe at any time.

±Compare Expat Providers

Expat Health Insurance Quotes

Foreign Currency Exchange Quotes

International Moving Quotes

We're very social! Follow Expat Focus on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+

Expat Focus Facebook PageExpat Focus on TwitterExpat Focus Pinterest PageExpat Focus Google+ Page

Notify me when new content is added about a country

±Expat Focus Partners

Expat Experiences

Cyprus > Expat Experiences


Emma Martin

Posted by: Scar on Monday September 19, 2016 (12:32:37)
Emma Martin
Emma Martin

Who are you?

I’m Emma Martin, married with 2 young boys and a British expat in Cyprus.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We moved from the UK to Cyprus in 2009 for a new challenge and to raise our young family in a new lifestyle.

What challenges did you face during the move?

It was reasonably easy to move, we just had the challenges of figuring out paperwork such as medical cards and residents' permits, and then eventually finding schools for the children and working out how things are done here. The language barrier can sometimes create some difficulties but on the whole most people speak English or can find someone who does so it's not impossible to get by when you don’t speak much Greek.

Are there many other expats in your area?

There is a large number of expats around, and over the years we have made many friends. On the whole it is a very supportive and welcoming community.

What do you like about life where you are?

I like the community and how well they work together and support each other. I love the island itself, the beaches and the more laid back attitudes than we left behind in the UK, and particularly the opportunities it has presented me to write, create my local website and run my own business, none of which would have happened without the move.

What do you dislike about your expat life?

There is very little that I dislike about our expat life, the main thing is being unable to see my friends in the UK.

What is the biggest cultural difference you have experienced between your new country and life back home?

There are not many noticeable cultural differences, the main one would be the laid back attitudes and the lack of urgency to get things done. I’m not very good at being patient and hate lateness so that is the main thing I struggle with – people running on so called ‘Cypriot time’.

What advice would you give to anyone following in your footsteps?

Visit Cyprus (and particularly the area you wish to live in) at different times of the year if you can, people are often surprised at just how hot the summer months are when you are ‘living’ it rather than being on holiday by a pool, and also just how cold the winters feel when you live in uninsulated houses with marble floors!

Don’t treat it like you are on holiday when you first arrive as it will be much harder to settle into your new life. We made a point of never referring to the UK as ‘back home’ from the moment we arrived in Cyprus; it became our home and we made an effort to only look forward.

What are your plans for the future?

One day we hope to move to a larger property, but hopefully in the same area or close to. I plan to continue my community website as well as my personal blog and of course grow and expand our family business.

You can keep up to date with Emma's adventures on her blog, A Matter Of Choice.

Link  QR 

Expat Health Insurance Partners

Aetna International

Our award-winning expatriate business provides health benefits to more than 650,000 members worldwide. In addition, we have helped develop world-class health systems for governments, corporations and providers around the world. We want to be the global leader in delivering world-class health solutions, making quality health care more accessible and empowering people to live healthier lives.

Aviva International

Health is your number one priority. At Aviva we understand this, which is why we’re focused on helping you and your family access high quality healthcare at home or overseas. Our award winning medical insurance will help you get the treatment you need or simply provide guidance and advice wherever you are, 24/7.

Bupa Global

At Bupa we have been helping individuals and families live longer, healthier, happier lives for over 60 years. We are trusted by expats in 190 different countries and have links with healthcare organisations throughout the world. So whether you're moving abroad for a change of career or a change of scene, with our international private health insurance you will always be in safe hands.

Cigna International

Cigna has worked in international health insurance for more than 30 years. Today, Cigna has over 71 million customer relationships around the world. Looking after them is an international workforce of 31,000 people, plus a network of over 1 million hospitals, physicians, clinics and health and wellness specialists worldwide, meaning you have easy access to treatment.