What NOT to do living abroad – 10 tips to guide you

Living in another country can be a great experience, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. One of the biggest challenges can be adjusting to the different customs and cultural norms. To help you make a smooth transition into your new life abroad, here are 10 things you should NEVER do while living in another country:

1. Refuse to learn some of the local language

If you’re planning on living in another country for an extended period of time, it’s important that you make an effort to learn the local language. Not only will this make everyday life a lot easier, but it’ll also help you build relationships with your new community and enjoy your time SO MUCH MORE.

2. Fail to research the local customs and culture

Before moving to another country, it’s crucial that you take the time to research the local customs and culture. This way, you can avoid any potential misunderstandings or offending anyone inadvertently. Respecting the culture that you are in and other people’s culture is the best way to learn about others and make new friends.

3. Isolate yourself from locals

One of the best ways to enjoy your time living in another country is to get out there and meet new people. While it’s fine to have your own group of friends, make sure you don’t isolate yourself from the locals. Have an open mind, ask questions, get involved and meet new people!

4. Be a bad neighbour

When you’re living in close quarters with other people, it’s important to be a considerate neighbour. This means things like not making too much noise, keeping your apartment or house clean, and being respectful of other people’s property. General respect and cleanliness is a good way to live happily in close quarters with others.

5. Refuse to participate

While it’s okay to maintain your own cultural identity, it’s important that you make an effort to participate in the local culture as well. This includes things like learning about the local history and customs and participating in traditional events, celebrations and festivals.

6. Try the local cuisine

One of the best things about living in another country is getting to experience new and different cuisines. However, it’s important to approach these new dishes with an open mind. Refusing to try new foods or making negative comments about them can be seen as disrespectful. Be adventurous. You never know – you might like it!

7. Ignore the local laws and regulations

Every country has its own laws and regulations that you are expected to follow. Ignoring or breaking the law can lead to serious consequences, so it’s important that you take the time to learn about them before moving to another country. If in doubt use common sense or ask a local.

8. Be a bad tourist

When you’re living in another country, it’s easy to forget that you’re also a tourist. This means that you should still be respectful of the local culture and customs. Pay attention to what’s appropriate behaviour by observing how local people are behaving. This is the best way to gauge what’s acceptable and what’s not.

9. Refuse to help out in times of need

If you live in another country long enough, chances are you’ll eventually witness or be affected by a natural disaster or other emergency situation. In these times of need, it’s important to do whatever you can to help out, whether that means donating money or supplies, or volunteering your time or helping your neighbours.

10. Fail to appreciate the experience

Living in another country can be an amazing experience, but it’s also important to remember that it’s only temporary. Don’t take your time there for granted – make sure you take the opportunity to explore everything your new home has to offer.

These are just a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning on living in another country. By following these tips, you can help make sure that your experience is a positive one for both you and the locals.

If you want even more local tips and recommendations chat with your Gradstar Dream Maker today!

Date Published: Oct-24-2022

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This blog was written by Gradstar Global Education.