Alright, so you’ve decided to move abroad. You followed my tips for what to do before you move and now here you are, visa and plane ticket in hand. You’re ready for your adventure to begin!
Once you arrive, get settled and set-up, it can be really easy to fall back into old routines, but that’s not why you moved abroad. You moved abroad to experience something new and different. It won’t always be easy, but with a little effort, it will be great!
Here are the top 10 things I’d recommend you do after you arrive to make the most of your time abroad:
Keep learning the language
It will be hard and it will take time, but it will be worth it. The more you learn the easier day-to-day life will be and the more connect you’ll feel to the city and the people.
Pay attention to local culture and customs
No one wants to get caught in an awkward situation or offend anyone simply because they weren’t in the know about a local culture or custom. Pay attention to the little things, and when in doubt, do as the locals do.
Join an expat community
Almost every city has an expat community you just need to look for it (internations.org is a huge help on finding one). Connect with people who are in the same situation as you. This is a great way to make friends and grow your circle.
Attend local events and make local friends
While it’s good to make friends with other expats, it’s also really important that you reach out, attend local event and make local friends. This will really help you integrate and feel at home in your new city.
But, don’t forget your friends back home
Keeping in touch with family and friends back home is just as important as making new acquaintances.
Don’t take yourself too seriously
You will make mistakes, you will say the wrong thing, and you will embarrass yourself. It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself otherwise every little mistake will feel excruciating.
Explore, explore, explore!
Become a tourist in your new hometown, experience everything a tourist would, and then dig deeper and experience the city like a local.
Go with the flow
Again, most things are not going to go according to plan, so why fight it.
Plain, simple and so effective.
Take it all in
The good, the bad, the confusing and the frustrating; remember to open your eyes, ears and nose, and just take in everything in your new city!
There’s a lot of work that goes into moving abroad, but it doesn’t stop once your feet hit the ground. Once you arrive in your new country there will be even more tasks you need to complete to help you get settled. While it can be easy to get bogged down in the administrivia and the bureaucracy, it’s important to take the time to get out there, to start exploring and meeting new friends, and enjoying your new adventure.
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