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On March 20 there has been celebrated the official International Day of Happiness. Crown Relocations took this opportunity and spoke with our intercultural experts to find out, what the most helpful tips are to become or remain a happy expatriate when relocating abroad. You may already be a happy expatriate in the UAE, but in case you are planning to further move abroad, we recommend to read the following ten tips to ensure a smooth transition to your new home:

Try to learn the language of the new host country. This will not only give you cultural insights, but is a great way to connect with others, too.

Consider the relocation as a journey of self-discovery. Happy expats check in with themselves and reflect on their experiences regularly.

Make sure you remain connected back home. Find ways to balance between creating new relationships in your new city and maintaining those back home. This keeps you feeling connected and makes moving back home less bumpy.

Try to do something (within reason) that you would never do at home. If you can’t dance, take Tango lessons in Argentina. If you can’t sing, rent a karaoke box in Japan. Remember that no one knows you when you first arrive and as the saying goes, when in Rome…

Travel in your local “neighbourhood” It can be tempting to focus travels on going back home or exotic top locations. Don't forget to explore the city you are in and even your own neighbourhood.

Talking and sharing experiences with those you meet. It will make you feel more “normal” and you will learn from others, too. By sharing your experiences you’ll make new friends and settle in quicker.

Try to keep a travel journal of your ticket stubs, photos, restaurant menus, etc. This is a great way to remember your experience and celebrate what you have accomplished during your stay – especially if you plan to move back home.

Create a weekly or even daily routine as soon as possible. Especially for partners who may not be working yet or just finding their feet. A daily routine offers the comforting sense of familiarity in an unfamiliar location.

Allow a few bad days. Cultural adjustment is a process. It’s ok to be down or feel overwhelmed. Just acknowledge the feeling and look for ways to take it a little easier for a few days.

Embrace your new host country with a willingness to learn and discover new things. You are an expat, not a visitor. Your host country is very much your new home country. In order to be happy you need to see it as such.

Step out of your comfort zone – by giving into your curiosity you will be able to adapt to your new surroundings.


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