Living abroad is a fantastic experience. Settling in a new place allows you to come into contact with a different culture, expectations, ways of life, language, traditions, etc.
Everything looks fantastic, but the integration period can be difficult.
This process can be overwhelming and happens to most people. Is too much information and can be tedious.
You will miss family and friends. Sometimes you can feel alone. It’s a new reality, and a lot of things are very distinct.
For this reason, here are some personal recommendations to help you through this process.
1. MAKE FRIENDS AND LEARN ABOUT LOCAL CULTURE
It’s useful if you can hang out with the locals. The easy way to start doing this is to interact with classmates, roommates, co-workers, etc.
Try to observe the way people talk and think. Ask as many questions as possible about the place.
Talk about what attitudes and behaviors are acceptable and what may be rude. For example, don’t show up kissing someone’s face if you live in or are visiting the UK.
Adapting to a new country is essential to know the history, habits and values of its inhabitants. I believe it is crucial to respect and understand their past.
2. KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HOME
Technology helps people feel present in the lives of those they love. In my personal experience, keep in touch, but try to keep a balance. Keep in mind that you have to live your own life. You need to know how to be independent and make new friends and experiences. Make the most of the present moment. Now this is your new home.
This process is normal and you should give yourself a chance to experience the world.
3. REMEMBER THE REASONS WHY YOU DECIDED TO LIVE ABROAD
Whatever the reason you decided to go abroad, think about what prompted you to make this decision; it helps you feel motivated.
Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed and confused about accepting change.
The reasons people immigrate include access to higher education, employment opportunities, better living conditions, cultural experience, learning a new language, retirement, or travel to European countries, for example.
4. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK UP
It’s a mistake to think that you need to be fluent in a specific language while living abroad. The natives know that you are from another country and you will not mind if you are not fluent. It would help if you had at least the basic level for your communication.
I don’t see the point of living in one place and avoiding learning their language. It’s a unique experience, and getting into their culture seems like a great idea.
If you are going to live in Spain for a while, learn the main expressions of the Spanish language and practice them, for example. Try to learn a new word every day. It will give you more confidence.
5. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
You have chosen this change in your life. Stop complaining and embrace the new.
If you complain and only see the challenges, you will focus on the negative. Instead, be grateful for the good things that happen to you. Think about the opportunities available to you and consider all your good times.
Good thoughts attract good things and the opposite too. For the same reason, avoid listening to grumbling people.
Even if the difficulties of living abroad may exist, it is a great experience. Life change brings you self-awareness and resilience.
You will have the chance to expand your network, learn more about others and learn a lot more about yourself. Always be prepared; it will help you feel more confident about going through the experience.
No need to think about the future. Life is short and uncertain. Don’t wait too long to do what you want.
“Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases, your understanding of yourself and your own culture will increase exponentially.”
Quotes from Tom Freston
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