Living abroad is never easy, simply because it disorients the core of your routine. Unfortunately, you only realize this months after moving to a new place, where things happen differently from what you are used to. Even basic tasks like grocery shopping might seem awkward to you at first. This inevitably frustrates you and brings about homesickness, which is bad for work. Here are a few tips on how you can adapt fast to a new place.
1. Learn the Local Language
Language barrier is a major hindrance to people working abroad. When working in a foreign country, you’ll most likely interact with the locals for about 90% of the time you are there. Therefore, it’s a good idea to know some basic terms for daily interactions. You can breathe easy if you are moving to a country that shares your language. However, it may help to learn a few things about the local accent.
2. Decide on How to Commute
If your company offers a vehicle along with a professional full-time driver, then you’re all set. Otherwise, you’ll have to figure out if driving or public transport is more convenient.
The key factors to consider here include:
- Quality of the road network
- Government policy
Most countries will have transport all figured out: strategically placed trains in towns and well-built cyclist provisions along the roads. For short contracts, consider leasing a vehicle from a reputable business.
While you figure out your travel situation, you might want to use a rental car. Regardless if you’re in Canada or Portugal, be sure to compare cheap cars before singling out one for lease.
3. Find a Place to Stay
Although most companies will find you a place before moving to a new country, it’s advisable to find your own path once you get used to the place. Most of the amenities you’re used to may not be available in the new place. Pay close attention to your local workmates as they may have lots of useful information about what you’re looking for.
4. Leave Everything Well Organized Back Home
The worst thing for a lone traveler is returning home prematurely because of something they would have taken care of before departing. Think about important documents or processes that require your presence to be processed. If you have a family or you’re in a relationship, make a point of preparing your loved ones for your absence. This includes allocating certain responsibilities to people you can trust.
Most servicemen, for instance, leave their dogs with their best friends or family before embarking on foreign trips. An organized departure helps you maintain your peace of mind as you work for a better future abroad.
5. Make a Few Friends
Part of what you’ll take home after working abroad is making memories with new connections. Take this process slowly, as you are in a foreign country and things may work a bit differently than you imagined. But with effort and a sense of adventure, you’ll have new acquaintances in no time.
A good place to start is at work; most of your workmates will be yearning to invite you to their favorite spots. Pursue your talents or interests through a class, meet out, or boot camp. These events will definitely make you a few friends with similar interests to yours.
6. Brace for the New Climate
If you haven’t traveled often in your life, new weather conditions may be a bit overwhelming to your body at first. You don’t want to ask for a sick leave soon after reporting to your new workplace.
Be aware of the climatic conditions of your target area. Tropical climatic conditions are favorable for most infectious diseases including Malaria, Tuberculosis and Sleeping sickness. First-time travelers to continental climates will often develop respiratory diseases. Properly research on common vaccines for diseases and take the proper tests before traveling.