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We asked expats and digital nomads what they find the most challenging about the local culture in Saipan. They wrote...

"Expats in Saipan may find several aspects of the local culture challenging. These include language barriers, as the primary languages spoken are Chamorro and Carolinian, which can make communication difficult for those who only speak English. The slower pace of life and "island time" mentality may also be an adjustment for those used to a more fast-paced lifestyle. Additionally, the strong emphasis on family and community values may be overwhelming for some expats, as they may feel pressure to participate in local events and gatherings. The limited availability of certain goods and services, as well as the high cost of living, can also be challenging for expats living in Saipan. Finally, adapting to the local cuisine, which is heavily influenced by indigenous, Asian, and Pacific Islander flavors, may be a challenge for those with different dietary preferences or restrictions," explained one expat living in Saipan, the United States.

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"Expatriates typically find adapting to a new lifestyle in another country difficult and daunting. This includes getting used to different cultural norms, the language barrier, and overcoming homesickness. Additionally, navigating unfamiliar bureaucracies and dealing with transportation issues, workplace challenges, security concerns and finding a sense of belonging in a foreign country can be difficult and overwhelming. Finding reliable, trustworthy and affordable services can be especially challenging and many expats may also struggle with understanding different taxes, customs and government regulations in their new home country," said another expat in Saipan, United States.

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