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20 Tips to Feel At Home In a New Culture


Learn the local dating rituals...

Online dating has become more and more accepted around the globe, but you still need to ask the locals about any important customs, or behaviors. For example, singles in New York tend to date multiple people until they agree to be exclusive. In many other cultures, it’s common to date only one person at a time. Make sure you familiarize yourself with these traditions.


Get a guidebook...

Especially if you’re moving to a new country with a different language, buy a guidebook before you leave. This way you can get your favorite one and ensure it’s in your maternal language. A guidebook is a wonderful way to make sure you’re aware of, and get to visit, the locations of most interest.


Explore the city...

Even if you have to take one of those cheesy double-decker buses – dare to be a tourist, at least at the beginning. This is a great, and easy, way to learn how to navigate the city, and your tour guide(s) are great resources to ask about local hot-spots. In addition, when you gain a sense of direction, it works wonders to feeling at home!


Be familiar with danger zones...

I find this especially important for women – find out what areas are considered safe, and which are dangerous. You can do this best by asking locals you know, and those you meet. This will allow you to stick to areas you know are populated, and safe. Feeling safe is integral to feeling at home.


Join a local charity, or class...

Signing up for a local class or charity is a great way to meet new people, and to pick up an activity that you will derive great satisfaction from. This is also an easy way to create a routine (cooking class every Wednesday, for example). Routine often helps us feel settled. This is especially important if you are moving with children.

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