Imagine having the opportunity to experience a totally new culture. Adapting to living abroad can be an exhilarating and daunting experience whether you’re planning to move abroad permanently or just going for a gap year. Any type of change can bring about a mixture of feelings, let alone uprooting yourself to a totally new environment.
I’ve been living in France for almost 7 years and even though I moved from London to Paris “over the pond so to speak” the cultural shock is real. Adjusting to living abroad is a challenge in itself.
Here are some tips I’ve picked up from personal experiences living in a foreign country (some the hard way) that I would love to share for all you out there who are consumed by wanderlust.
1. Positive Attitude is Everything from the Moment You Land Onwards
When adjusting to life in another country it’s all about how you deal with the situation. Keeping an open mind is crucial. In that way you will be willing to accept change and try out new things. Try not to compare too much the ways things are back home. I fell into this trap and wish I hadn’t been so caught up comparing as I feel it's time I wasted.