In a new country, however, you may feel unsure as to how to take those first steps to integration and end up sitting on the sidelines with life passing you by.
To help you make the most of expat life here are a few ideas that have worked for me.
I would love to know what has worked for you, so please contact me with any action that has helped you break the ice, get started or settled in and I will add them to this page.
‘If you want to understand, act!’
- Action 1
Be a culture vulture. Finding out about the culture of your new surroundings can help your understanding of the hows and whys of the way things work.
- Action 2
Join something. Ok, I know everyone says this, but it really does work and will help you find like-minded people. What could you join today?
- Action 3
Think positive! Staying positive whenever possible helps not only our wellbeing, but the welllbeing of those around us.
- Action 4
Volunteer! There were 70,000 volunteers at the 2012 Olympics and volunteering is now officially cool. It’s a great way to connect to a new community. What could you volunteer for?
- Action 5
Have a goal to look forward to. I’m a coach, so you expected the ‘g’ word, right? But seriously, having something to look forward to helps us focus and prioritise when things get tough. What are you looking forward to?
- Action 6
Ask for help. People usually feel good when they do something for someone else, so if you are new in town why not ask someone to show you the ropes? Who could you ask for help today?