This week I talked to Jaillan of Savoir There about expat life in Canada. Savoir There is a fabulous travel blog that focuses on how to travel in style. You should also follow along with Jaillan’s adventures on social media.
And now the interview……
Hi, Jaillan. Tell us a little bit about you.
I’m Jaillan a full-time travel writer and blogger from London, England. I’m obsessed with sarcasm, puns, manicures and shoes.
Why did you decide to move to Canada?
Well usually if my fiancé is with me I answer this question by simply pointing at him – now I have a ring on my finger I can point to the ring when he isn’t even around by way of explanation, but as we’re online I’ll just say: I moved here for love.
What do you love about living in Canada?
What is not so great about living in Canada?
What do you do for a living there & what was the job search process like?
I’m a travel writer and blogger, so my work is fluid and location independent and I originally came to Vancouver on an assignment, intending to stay for 2 weeks and that was well over 2 years ago!
How was the visa process?
It’s complicated but depends on your age, nationality and situation; I wouldn’t advise anyone to fall in love with someone from a different country if they can help it. I’ve known a few other people who have emigrated with their partners and the paperwork is of course nobody’s definition of fun, but you can’t choose who you fall for 🙂
What is the cost of living like?
Expensive – but interestingly, when I first arrived the exchange rate was totally different, and everything felt horribly expensive, now the pound is worth a lot more and that has helped enormously
Would you like to stay there long term?
Ask the boss! I think I can see myself staying long term yes, but as a lifelong traveller it’s hard to commit to just one place! I also love England and Europe and would never want to cut ties with it – I’m trying to find a way to split my time between the two continents and make it work – it’s just a shame the jet lag is so bad!
What are your fave traditional foods that we should definitely try if we go?
Everyone thinks Canada and food and thinks Poutine but that’s from the other side of the (vast) country – I’ve never even been and had the real thing. For Vancouver I’d actually say sushi – there’s a massive Asian population and there’s a ridiculously good (and cheap) sushi place on every corner in this city and once you’ve got used to the high standards, going back to London’s distinctly average sushi (unless you’re dining at Nobu of course) is hard.
What are some places we should definitely visit?
What are some things about the culture we should know before going?
The thing about the outdoorsy lifestyle being the main draw, and not the nightlife, for sure. And the fact that people say for sure all the time too.
Would you recommend it to other people who are interested in moving abroad?
Absolutely I would, it’s a completely different way of life than England and one which if you haven’t tried, you could never imagine and the only way to find out if it’s your dream lifestyle is to give it a go.