10 Tips For Living Internationally
If you're considering moving abroad, here are 10 tips for living internationally. Moving abroad can be fun, exciting but also scary. These are some tips on how to immerse yourself in your new home while also holding onto your roots.
- Learn language basics. Whether ordering food, directing a taxi or meeting new people, learning a few simple words and phrases will go a long way toward getting you what you need and some respect from the locals.
- Expect culture shock. No matter where you move, it will be different from home. Some cultures drive on the other side of the road and have different rules about personal space. Go with the flow and learn the reasons behind these differences.
- Sample local cuisine before leaving home. Know what you are getting into before you get to your new destination. Find a few delicious meals before you arrive so your first meal in your new home will be delicious, but also somewhat familiar.
- Research fun activities. One of the best parts of living internationally is getting to see new places. read guide books and search online for the best places to go. Then go for a walk and explore.
- Find expat meetup groups. It will help to have friends who are also expatriates to give you support, advice, and tips on your new home.
- Read a book about the area. Whether it is a guidebook, a history book, or a work of fiction, pick up a book about the area so you can get a sense of your surroundings and its past.
- Keep an open mind. Certain things will be weird and different, get used to them and enjoy them for what they are.
- Make local friends. Expats can be great to hang out with, but to get a true sense of the local culture, make some friends who are native to the area.
- Stay in touch. With e-mail and internet phone services like Skype, you can easily keep in touch with friends and family from home.
- Make a bucket list. Keep track of what you've done and plan out all the must-see activities to make sure you experience your new home without any regrets if you ever leave.
Posted on: Aug. 22, 2010