7 Tips for Moving Back Home after Living Abroad ...

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Moving back home after living abroad - or ‘re-entry’ as it’s called - can be a particularly daunting task, depending on how long you spent away, how much you feel you’ve changed, how often you’ve done it, and your age!

Moving can be stressful at the best of times, but moving abroad is a particularly big move, as there are so many things going on, and on so many different levels!

Perhaps you were studying abroad, working, or just enjoying yourself overseas, and now you need to return ‘home’ and re-enter your former society.

Below are some tips that will help you make the necessary adjustments to moving back home after living abroad.

1. Plan Ahead

For some people, moving back home after living abroad will mean lots of planning ahead!

Mentally prepare yourself for change, and expect that not only your feelings about home have changed but that other people, places, activities and lifestyles will have changed too.

Failing to plan is usually why people experience difficulties.

Take some time to really plan where you’d like to live when you return to your former society, plan your finances and bank accounts, plan for a new cell phone carrier.2

Maybe plan to move back when the weather is decent, or when you’re sure to have a good support system available.

2. Find Similar-Minded People

If you are able to meet similar-minded people that enjoy traveling or have also spent time abroad, it will surely speed up your transition time.

Sometimes, friends and family aren’t interested in hearing about your experiences, or you receive a lukewarm reception when you return home!

Whatever it is, seek out an international group so that you can meet people that have an international outlook and have spent time abroad too.

Undoubtedly wherever you are, you won't be alone and you'll be bound to meet like-minded people to help you in your transition back home.

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