Moving internationally is a huge step. Even if it’s something you’ve planned for, the experience still might not meet your expectations. After moving abroad, you might find that you feel homesick, lonely, or overwhelmed – even if you’re in a country where you speak the language. Read on for some useful tips on how to cope with your new life abroad.
Make New Friends
Your transition to life abroad will be easier if you make new friends, especially if those new friends come from your home country and/or speak your language. Sometimes, consulates or embassies organize events for expatriates. There might also be organizations run by people from your home country that run events for people like you.
In addition to socializing with other expatriates, make an effort to get to know the locals. This can be very important if you don’t speak the language very well, because it will give you an opportunity to practice. Another advantage of befriending locals is that they can give you important advice about living in the city or the country that you might not discover otherwise.
Explore Your New Home
You’ll feel less homesick and more excited to be starting your life abroad if you take the time to explore what your new home has to offer. Take some time to research what the local attractions are. Eat at local restaurants to get a taste for the national or regional cuisine. Making friends with long-time residents can give you insight into your new home and help you feel like less of an outsider.
Stay in Touch with Family and Friends Back Home
Being connected with your loved ones back home makes you feel connected to them and can reduce feelings of homesickness. Technology today makes it easier and cheaper than ever to stay in touch.
Talking to friends and relatives can also remind you why you wanted to move in the first place. They might reinforce why you made the right decision.
Take a Little Bit of Home with You
Being surrounded by familiar furniture or belongings can make the transition to a new country less intimidating. You’ll feel as though you’ve brought a little bit of home with you to your destination.
In some cases, it makes sense to ship some of your things abroad. It might be more expensive to purchase those items in your new home, or they might not be readily available.
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By Adi Shaked