Each experience is unique to every expat, but there are some general rules and tips to survive as an expat in a foreign country. Here are 7 survival tips so you can enjoy your expat experience to the fullest.
1. Adapt, adapt, adapt.
You need to quickly find out what the local customs and laws are. Customs are sometimes more difficult to learn but you have to figure it out. When in doubt, don’t do what you are questioning. Wait until you know whether it’s the right thing to do or not.
2. Be nice, kind and friendly.
This works around the world. Everyone appreciates a foreigner who is happy and kind. Represent your country well by being the type of person you hope everyone else will be.
3. Be aware of your surroundings.
Some countries, such as China or Singapore, don’t have much crime and you don’t have to worry so much. But in places such as Indonesia, Thailand or India, you must stay alert.
4. Be patient and tolerant.
This is a balancing act. If you don’t have patience, you best not travel abroad. You have to learn to be tolerant of others.
5. You need to learn to get what you need, not just what you want.
If you can’t speak the language, you can still survive. Smile is the universal language and so do some gestures.
6. Start by finding restaurants you are familiar with.
When you become an expat in a strange city, there’s a great chance you will find many Western establishments such as KFC or McDonald’s. Thus, if you couldn’t get food in other restaurants or supermarkets, you could always go to those restaurants because it is familiar to you. That will give you peace of mind.
7. Have a positive mindset.
Like a child, explore everything. As we say, ‘stop and smell the roses.’ Appreciate the small things. Things are not as in your home country, but doesn’t that what makes it beautiful? So, look up from your phone and enjoy the view.
Settle Comfortably in a New Country
At Asia Expat Guides, we understand that relocating to a whole new country is very challenging. You might feel very overwhelmed as there are tons of other things you need to prepare prior to your relocation. That’s why we are here to help you in your relocation and ensure a smooth transition from your home country to host country. We provide FREE consultation service for many aspects of your relocation, including advices on expat accommodation, education for your expat kids, expat visa, banking and insurance, pet relocation, and so on. We also provide expat guides service so you can get familiarized with your new city as soon as you land.
Just get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer your queries!