Easy ways to feel at home in a foreign country as an expat

Contributed by Hasib Ahmed, 07 October, 2015

The idea of moving to a new country for work can be an exciting prospect at first. There is a whole new feeling that comes with it, a bit mysterious and a bit exhilarating. But once the veil of excitement gets lifted, there are a lot of hard surprises and shocks that might be in store for you. The most common terrifying experience in living abroad comes when you are faced with unfamiliar faces and altogether different ways of life, which is also known as 'culture shock'. Cultural shock is more than just about traditions, habits and communication patterns. You will suddenly feel that a strange feeling of loneliness is creeping upon you. You will be overwhelmed with a longing to go back to your home place.

I have once known a person who felt terribly homesick while working abroad; so he left his dream job and came back. It turned out he is as miserable as before and back to applying for the same position on job sites. So instead of slipping up on an opportunity, it is better to find a solution. And what better solution is there than making your new place feels like your second home. Naturally, it is easier said than done. But you have got the time; what is needed is a little interest and patience from your part. Then everything will become so much easier for you that you will not even feel lost and out of place.

So for those who are struggling to stop being a square peg in a round hole, here are a few tips from me:

In the beginning you might feel a bit awkward to do the things as mentioned here, but once you overcame the shyness and the other inhibitions that you may have, it will become easier for you to act like a native person and make new friends. It all comes down to human interactions.


Author Bio
Hasib is a knowledge junkie and a professional writer, providing delightful insights into the different career fields and helpful advices to those who are treading the path of change. When he is not involved in writing, he is contemplating his next journey to the hills or to the new restaurant he came across. Follow him @ twitter, Google+, LinkedIn


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