It is important to remember that adapting to a new country takes time. Don’t expect to feel at home right away. Give yourself time to adjust, and don’t be too hard on yourself if you experience culture shock or homesickness. With patience, an open mind, and the willingness to learn and adapt, you can build a new life and make the most of your expat experience.
To speed up the adjustment period and start living like a local as soon as possible, you might want to ask around about any activities that could bring you closer to the new culture. Whether you opt for a class or decide to join some club or organization, it will come in handy, that’s for sure.
Getting adjusted starts with leaning into the experience and getting the most out of it that you can. Here’s how to do that:
- Research the culture of your new country before you move.
- Learn the language basics.
- Accept that you might feel sick at home.
- Create a familiar, comforting space.
- Get out and explore.
- Eat local delicacies.
- Adjust your routine.
- Set some goals.
- Don’t neglect your friends and family back home.
There’s some disagreement about whether or not there’s value in joining an expat community in your new country. On the one hand, it can feel good to surround yourself with people and things from your own culture.
Volunteering in your new country is a fantastic way to meet new people and learn more about the issues that matter there. It will also help you feel connected to your new community.
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