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Nearly all of us have relatives abroad, people we’d love to see coming back home. These are people known as emigrants. A more technical term is Expats, which essentially differentiates from emigrants is that they are people who specialize in particular fields of work and have been living in a different country from their home country because they moved there for better work/living or that they were posted there from work.

Moving to a new place is a huge step in one’s life and his/her family. What people don’t seem to realize is that moving back to one’s original place of residence having lived abroad for a long time is equally difficult to adjust to.

Where to live?

There are countless things to plan and take care of and foremost of these concerns is, of course, the issue housing. For some people, the natural decision is to live with one’s family back home, e.g. parents or grandparents, etc. But for many others who either do not have the aforementioned option or who simply prefer to be independent in their housing endeavors, the issue of finding a place to live is indeed a huge one.

While going over living options, the first step is to choose an area. The residential areas in Dhaka city, for instance, are varied, each with their own environment and merits. Gulshan and Banani are usually the most preferable options as they are the most attractive and active residential areas – houses, apartments, restaurants, cafes, shopping malls, and other commercial facilities are all available here in the best quality. Dhanmondi and Uttara are two other such areas but are slightly simpler, homelier and cheaper than Gulshan and Banani. While places like Baridhara are thought of as the “posh and elegant” places to live, the areas of Mohakhali DOHS, Banani DOHS, Baridhara DOHS, and Mirpur DOHS are renowned for being peaceful, pleasant and strictly secure.

The types of properties available are apartments, houses or even plots – for both rent and sale. The more popular and economical option is to rent an apartment. With the recent boom in the real estate market as well as the internet scene in Bangladesh, finding properties for rent or sale are made especially easy by online real estate marketplaces like Bproperty.

Daily expenses

The daily expenses of living in the country include the usual, such as money spent on rent, house staff, transport costs (public transport or petrol), food and shopping, leisure and entertainment, etc. major cities like the capital obviously tend to be pricier, while even Chittagong and Sylhet are said to be much cheaper in both home prices as well as living expenses.

Following are some of the costs involved in living in Dhaka, for instance:

Rent on Housing $ 500-1100
Monthly wage for maid/ house staff $ 100-130
Petrol and Diesel costs $ 1.16-1.27 per litre
Food in business district / fast food joints $ 2.57-6.43 per person
Utilities (Gas, electricity, etc) $ 59.09
Monthly internet bill (8MP) $ 63
Television $ 1292.19
Microwave $ 186.43

Leisure and Entertainment

All cities have different things to offer. Most cities are equipped with amazing dining and shopping facilities, especially flashier ones in the bigger cities. Dhaka, for instance, has well decked and impressive shopping malls like Bashundhara City, Pink City and many others for passionate shoppers. There are numerous kinds of cuisine available in different parts of the city, especially in Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi and quite a few in Uttara. Entertainment is also available in the form of movie theatres, arcades, bowling alleys, sports clubs, and amusement parks.

In Chittagong, meanwhile, things are much simpler. The GEC circle is the main commercial hub and most of the city’s shopping is done from the new market. Meanwhile, in Cox’s Bazaar, the Main Road and the famous, long beach hugging the Bay of Bengal are what attract most people.

If you are coming back to live in Bangladesh after a long stay abroad, costs, expenses, and notable locations aren’t all that you need to look up. The most important thing is the change in lifestyle and environment. Reverse culture shock is as much a huge impact on one’s psyche as culture shock itself and adjusting to a new, albeit previously visited, living environment ( one that people will decidedly be expecting you to easily adjust to, at that) will add even further to the stress and workload.

Just keep in mind to take it as it comes. The land and people of Bangladesh are said to be especially hospitable and caring – living here will soon turn out to be an amazing experience.

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