Moving to a new country is both a challenging and exciting adventure. For me, moving to Australia was way less of a culture shock than another country may have been – after all, we speak the same language, however it still takes time to settle in a new environment. I think I’ve been incredibly lucky to have settled quite so quickly – I don’t have a huge friendship group yet, and I’m about to start a new job, but Melbourne still maintains an air of comfort – it doesn’t feel alien to me. With that being said, I wanted to share some of my top tips for surviving in a new country, and most importantly making sure you settle as quickly and seamlessly as possible.
01. Be Patient
Patience is a virtue right? Don’t expect to adapt to your new environment immediately – it takes time! Sometimes it may feel like you’re up against it – you’ll feel lonely and probably feel like grabbing your bags and heading back home more than a couple of times, but you’ll soon learn to settle into the pace of things. Pack your patience, sense of humour, openness and a willingness to learn and you’ll soon start to love your new home – and that’s when the fun can really begin.
o4. Say Yes
05. Stay In Touch
06. Stop Comparing