What to Expect When Moving Abroad

Moving abroad comes with challenges but oh so many blessings. The blessings gained through traveling are out of this world and can offset the obstacles. Grace while traveling can only happen if one is open to new, raw and fun experiences. A light mindset and little expectations are probably the first and best step you can take to prepare yourself for the unknown and unwritten chapter of your life.

It is easy to always judge something we don’t understand or know. In order not to fall into the judging realm, remember that you are there to learn and gain worldly experience.

The first thing that most people will face when moving abroad is what I would call the transitional period. It can take time to adjust to new routines, language, food, culture, and much more; this period often lasts one to two years. To cope with this transitional period, I would suggest making yourself busy. You can read books that help escape from reality. Also, joining Facebook groups related to your condition can be beneficial when you have an issue unclear or require something in the new country.

Your beliefs and values will be compromised in the new country you will be settling in. It is easy to always judge something we don’t understand or know. In order not to fall into the judging realm, remember that you are there to learn and gain worldly experience. It is not the local citizens that will change to compromise with your values and beliefs. Instead, it is our duty while traveling to view the world through a different lens and to try to profound our understanding of life.

In the beginning, many people will be curious to know consequently allowing you to make many friends. Eventually, some of these friends will be lost along the way as you try to filter in only those who align with your purpose.

This next piece of advice is something that I wish I took upon myself which is to always revisit your home country and family members. In my experience settling in a new country for a long time increase the chances of experiencing reverse culture shock. When you go back to your original country you will feel that you no longer belong there. Also, you will feel strange and have to adapt back.

If this is something you can do then you should travel to as many surrounding countries as possible. Oftentimes you can travel to neighboring countries more cheaply and flexibly.

Something that I have noticed especially in Egypt is that ex-pats usually stick to their kind, going to places that feel familiar. I think it’s very important to make friends with the people of the country who have moved to. In my experience, I got to know great and courageous Egyptian women who had helped me view the world in a different light. Not to say that I haven’t made friends with non-Egyptians, likewise, I have met many ex-pats whom I have been able to relate and create a wonderful bond with.

Last but not least, I would learn as much about the culture and the language as possible.

What are some challenges that you are going through while living in a foreign country? What did you do to help you overcome these challenges?

Moving abroad comes with challenges but oh so many blessings. The blessings gained through traveling are out of this world and can offset the obstacles. Grace while traveling can only happen if one is open to new, raw and fun experiences. A light mindset and little expectations are probably the first and best step you can take to prepare yourself for the unknown and unwritten chapter of your life.

The first thing that most people will face when moving abroad is what I would call the transitional period. It can take time to adjust to new routines, language, food, culture, and much more; this period often lasts one to two years. To cope with this transitional period, I would suggest making yourself busy. You can read books that help escape from reality. Also, joining Facebook groups related to your condition can be beneficial when you have an issue unclear or require something in the new country.

Your beliefs and values will be compromised in the new country you will be settling in. It is easy to always judge something we don’t understand or know. In order not to fall into the judging realm, remember that you are there to learn and gain worldly experience. It is not the local citizens that will change to compromise with your values and beliefs. Instead, it is our duty while traveling to view the world through a different lens and to try to profound our understanding of life.

In the beginning, many people will be curious to know consequently allowing you to make many friends. Eventually, some of these friends will be lost along the way as you try to filter in only those who align with your purpose.

This next piece of advice is something that I wish I took upon myself which is to always revisit your home country and family members. In my experience settling in a new country for a long time increase the chances of experiencing reverse culture shock. When you go back to your original country you will feel that you no longer belong there. Also, you will feel strange and have to adapt back.

If this is something you can do then you should travel to as many surrounding countries as possible. Oftentimes you can travel to neighboring countries more cheaply and flexibly.

Something that I have noticed especially in Egypt is that ex-pats usually stick to their kind, going to places that feel familiar. I think it’s very important to make friends with the people of the country who have moved to. In my experience, I got to know great and courageous Egyptian women who had helped me view the world in a different light. Not to say that I haven’t made friends with non-Egyptians, likewise, I have met many ex-pats whom I have been able to relate and create a wonderful bond with.

Last but not least, I would learn as much about the culture and the language as possible.

Moving abroad comes with challenges but oh so many blessings. The blessings gained through traveling are out of this world and can offset the obstacles. Grace while traveling can only happen if one is open to new, raw and fun experiences. A light mindset and little expectations are probably the first and best step you can take to prepare yourself for the unknown and unwritten chapter of your life.

The first thing that most people will face when moving abroad is what I would call the transitional period. It can take time to adjust to new routines, language, food, culture, and much more; this period often lasts one to two years. To cope with this transitional period, I would suggest making yourself busy. You can read books that help escape from reality. Also, joining Facebook groups related to your condition can be beneficial when you have an issue unclear or require something in the new country.

Your beliefs and values will be compromised in the new country you will be settling in. It is easy to always judge something we don’t understand or know. In order not to fall into the judging realm, remember that you are there to learn and gain worldly experience. It is not the local citizens that will change to compromise with your values and beliefs. Instead, it is our duty while traveling to view the world through a different lens and to try to profound our understanding of life.

In the beginning, many people will be curious to know consequently allowing you to make many friends. Eventually, some of these friends will be lost along the way as you try to filter in only those who align with your purpose.

This next piece of advice is something that I wish I took upon myself which is to always revisit your home country and family members. In my experience settling in a new country for a long time increase the chances of experiencing reverse culture shock. When you go back to your original country you will feel that you no longer belong there. Also, you will feel strange and have to adapt back.

If this is something you can do then you should travel to as many surrounding countries as possible. Oftentimes you can travel to neighboring countries more cheaply and flexibly.

Something that I have noticed especially in Egypt is that ex-pats usually stick to their kind, going to places that feel familiar. I think it’s very important to make friends with the people of the country who have moved to. In my experience, I got to know great and courageous Egyptian women who had helped me view the world in a different light. Not to say that I haven’t made friends with non-Egyptians, likewise, I have met many ex-pats whom I have been able to relate and create a wonderful bond with.

Last but not least, I would learn as much about the culture and the language as possible.

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