Tips for Moving Abroad

I have had a few close friends move abroad recently so I wanted to share some tips that I learned or that other people shared with me for moving above and abroad:

  1. Try something new every chance you get
  2. Don’t let fear take over in a negative way. Fear is a good thing as it means you are stepping out of what you know. Most people don’t have the courage to go in the first place – you are braver than you think. You live once, fear will drive you to fulfillment
  3. Be patient with cultural differences. There will be things that seem inefficient or annoying about another culture but try to understand their reasoning and be patient rather than judgmental or annoyed
  4. Talk to as many new people as possible. Hearing new perspectives will change your life and you might get to see some cool local hot spots in the meantime.
  5. You are there for a good time, not a long time
  6. Your family, friends and loved ones will be here when you get back. They want you to be there and they want you to be happy and enjoy your experience.
  7. You will never be able to do something exactly like this, under these circumstances, ever again. Soak it up!
  8. Write, read and stay connected to the present
  9. Find comfort in the unknown or in the feeling of being ‘uncomfortable’