Written by Damien Shields
Moving away to a new country can be one of life’s greatest adventures. And while there are sure to be many, many exciting new features and experiences in your new country, homesickness is almost a surefire malady to hit at some point. Luckily, there are many ways you can combat it and power through that speed bump into a comfortable stay in your new home.
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A Slice of Home:
One of the best things you can do to combat homesickness is to find something of your home country in your new country. The world is becoming increasingly populated with expats from just about every country, and you should be able to find people from your home country in just about every major city in the world. Look for bars or restaurants that cater specifically to your country. Or check online, see if there are any groups in your new country with people from your old activities or sport outings.
Embrace Your New Culture:
A great way to conquer homesickness is by digging in to your new home. Be proactive. You’re in a new place you’ve never been before; so don’t just go home to your apartment after work and plop down in front of the TV. Explore; go see your new countryside. Check out the local geography, museums, concerts, etc. Pretend like you’re a tourist there for an indefinite stay. After all, aren’t you?
Learn The Language:
The culture barrier is usually what makes living in a new country a challenge; and while it might take some time to get used to all the little nuances, one of the easiest hurdles is to learn the new language. This isn’t to say that learning a language is easy–it usually isn’t–this is to say that getting involved with a classroom, software or just engaging your neighbors, even with what little you know of the language, can be easy and fun.
Beating homesickness is just one of those unavoidable hurdles you’ll have to face at some point much like going to the DMV. But these tips will help you make it through it, and hopefully provide you with some fun as well.