Welcome to 2018! It’s the first week of the new year and friends and family have already broken many of their resolutions to do – or not do – things, such as to stop eating chocolate or to work out every day. However, there are many resolutions that are both beneficial and achievable for expats. We’ve put together five that will help you make the most of your experience abroad.
Learn the language
It can sometimes be difficult to adapt to what may be a very different environment and culture than what you’re used to. Learning the language (or at least a few phrases) of the country you are in is a great way to connect with the local community and its people in a more meaningful way.
Embrace your new location with a willingness to learn and discover new things. Your host country is very much your new home country. To really enjoy it 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. Why not celebrate the new year with a local dish?
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 take the opportunity to find outdoor activities in your area. After all, keeping fit and healthy is just as important in your new country.
By sharing experiences with those you meet you’ll make new friends and settle in quicker. But it’s just as important to stay in touch with friends back home. Sharing the same experiences with the network you left behind will make you appreciate your new home on a different level.
And finally, do something 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 living abroad is all about new experiences and as the saying goes, when in Rome …
“It’s so easy to get busy with the day-to-day and forget to make the most of your time abroad,” says Alyssa Bantle, Crown’s Intercultural and Language Services Curriculum Manager. “That’s why we encourage expats to create clear and professional goals during intercultural training. Like your goals, these resolutions will help you use your experience as a chance to learn and grow – and have a lot of fun.”