Your adventure begins at home, well before you board the plane. Decisions have to be made, things to be researched. Logistics are a piece of cake! Think culture shock, taboos, social norms, food requirements, and healthcare.
When you are young, you only pack your suitcase and the adventure begins. The older we become, the more we are thinking about what the future will bring. Therefore, being prepared does make a huge difference on how we feel. Every country is different. Even if the nuances are very little, to observe, to respect and to understand a culture helps to get easier in touch with the community.
We always have to deal with challenges. At first sight, social norms can be the same but a closer look reveals that every culture has their (little) differences. To find out more about the differences, asking people can be the first step to feel more integrated in the community.
Little things, which are normal to us and we are used to, can make the difference to feel like coming home. For example, housing is different in every country. To avoid being surprised or even disappointed, look up how people live in a country before you move. It does help to look online in forums to get information in real time. Ask people all the questions you have. When you start moving, take time to find a house and a school, if you have children, which suits you.
Be open minded and you’ll have a great time. Culture shocks can also happen after a few years when people find out that their expectations aren’t met and the reality is different. Good preparation is the key.
Being relaxed and having a positive mindset will make you feel at home.
If it is possible, try to visit the country before moving to find out if you can imagine living there for a longer time.
You will learn in this episode:
???? Why it is good to have a checklist
???? Why little nuances can make the difference
???? How to find out more about housing and living in another country
???? Why your mindset is very important to feel well