As you begin your journey as an expat in a foreign place, it is important to not just focus on work, school or whatever else brought you here in the first place, but to immerse yourself within the local customs and culture, in order to get a broad understanding of your new home, and to let yourself live life to the fullest.
However, navigating the expat life can also present its challenges, from cultural adjustments to practical considerations. So in this article we will help you balance the two things, and ensure that you can enjoy every moment of this new chapter in your life. Enjoy!
Spend some time learning the culture
This of course includes learning what you need to know legal requirements, tax laws, local customs, and other vital information, but also includes which areas in your new city that are great for dining, and all the other things that can take a lifetime to learn.
The faster you begin this journey, the less overwhelming it will feel when you suddenly have an urgent need to handle an important trip to the local government office or when you’re invited to a cultural event. Hopefully you will stop feeling like a tourist, and more like a citizen after a few months of practicing this mentality.
Read about other expats
Another great way to get the most of your time as an expat, is to learn from people who have done what you are about to do. The internet is a wonderful place to start, and there are many great resources out there.
One such resource that we particularly recommend for people migrating to a European country, is called Expat Europa, as they have tons of useful information, plenty of guides and other crucial tips and tricks that can make your life much easier and your transition way smoother.
Make learning the language your priority
There is no better way of endearing yourself with locals in another country, than by spending the time and effort in learning their language. Even if you do not consider yourself a great natural learner, just the effort alone will go a long way in proving to locals that you are an honest individual who means well.
It will make your entire stay easier, as most people typically will be more friendly towards you, and navigating the local streets and businesses will be an enjoyable experience, rather than a stressful one that you just wish to complete and forget about.
Remember to spend time on yourself
While most of our tips so far have been about getting out there and mingling with locals, learning new skills and languages, it is also important to realize when to take a step back, and just enjoy your own company. Whether you have moved to another country alone or with family, staying in for a few days, watching television or reading a good book can be a crucial key in regaining some energy, and feeling like yourself.
Many studies have shown that spending time on self-care is not just a luxury, but rather a necessity for your overall mental state during your expat journey. It is also a great time to reflect on your experiences so far, and to consider which direction you wish to go next.
Embarking on an expat journey is much like balancing socializing and learning new things with being yourself and not forgetting where you come from. We wish you all the best, and hope your new life as an expat is truly unforgettable. Good luck!