The adventure of your life – living abroad- is about to start. While preparing your international move might be already on the way, how can you get ready for a big-time start? We tell you how to beat the most common pitfalls and have an unforgettable experience. As the moment of the truth approaches, you might be a nervous wreck. The “this is the last time…” thoughts come up, the fear of the unknown begins and friends and family are sad and feel sorry to see you going – yet some of them definitely envy you for having taken this decision-. These are all signs that the adventure of your life is just around the corner: you are moving abroad on your own. Leaving Turkey and starting a new life abroad – temporarily or permanently – isn’t a one day thing and the risk of not pushing yourself enough out of your comfort zone is always there. If you want make the most of your live abroad right from the scratch, just keep reading and discover our best tips! Socialize and spend time outside home Some expats tend to stay at home, directly or indirectly avoiding the contact with locals, as it makes them feel uncomfortable. This is a big mistake. Being a little bit uncomfortable is part of the adaptation process. Keep your previous interests and hobbies or alternatively take up something you’ve always wanted to do. If an opportunity comes up to meet new people, throw yourself in it- you never know who you will meet or what you will take from it. Volunteering is also a good way of getting to know other people – and learn more about your community! Become familiar with your surroundings One of the first things to do is becoming familiar with your new neighbourhood. You can do this by googling what’s nearby or alternatively you could ask the locals. Using the “I just moved here” line will work wonders for approaching the friendly locals you will meet. You may find out a few places to visit that you never would have thought of before. Your comfort zone will soon widen once you have taken the time to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. Suddenly the once scary and intimidating new city will be filled with your new favourite places. Don’t compare, but appreciate differences and diversity An important thing that you need to keep in mind and to accept is that when you relocate no living environment is going to be the same and it may take you time to adjust. But if you treat your old home as somewhere separate you can really throw yourself into your new adventure in a new country. Experience tourist life Take some time for yourself to explore and appreciate your new city. Grab a guide book and discover some of the local cultural spots. Or take a look at Crown’s destination guides for some inspiration. To understand the local culture is to appreciate the history that you now call home. Just try – you have nothing to lose Even if it doesn’t turn into a long term living situation you will find that giving your all into this new challenge will be a great learning experience. It will show you how determined and strong you can be. Do not forget that it is going to take time and patience to settle in and make lasting friendships. But if you continue to put yourself out there and give it your best shot then your new city will surely feel like home in no time.