When moving abroad there are some common mistakes expats make – we have all been guilty of at least one of these!
1. Spending too much money in the first month of arriving
When you first arrive – you want to do absolutely everything, which is great! But keep in mind the change in cost of living to what you’re used to. If you’re moving to a European country, from Asia/Oceania/America you will notice quite a price difference, which is something you need to anticipate. So take this into account and spend your money slowly – instead of going crazy in the first month and finding yourself left with nothing!
2. Comparing cultures
Comparison is the theif of joy! Which is truly prevalent when you’re travelling, how easy it is to compare what you have to what you don’t. In my first two months in Italy all I wanted was some almond butter (which reminded me of home), but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I had to keep reminding myself that even though it is hard, to try not to compare – because you are abroad for a reason!
3. Unrealistic expectations
People think that moving to a new country and re-establishing yourself will be easy… But it takes a lot of hard work! If you already know someone there that is a positive, but you can’t rely on them for everything. This is where you need to find independence and grow on your own. You must remember – it isn’t a bad thing to sometimes do things on your own, so always have a balance.
4. Not giving yourself enough time to settle in
It takes about 4-5 months to truly settle in – so don’t be too hard on yourself!
5. Failing to join groups and clubs
It is important to join social media groups, sporting clubs or language exchange groups to network and build your social circles in your new country that you’re living in. This is a great way to meet all sorts of people and learn what sort of hobbies and outside events you’re in to – that you might not have realised about before hand!
Sometimes as an expat, it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re still just a tourist – when really this is your life now! By making these changes and avoiding common mistakes expats make, you can easily build your life and be happy!
What are some mistakes you have made as an expat? Let me know in the comments below!