Tips for adjusting in a foreign country

After the initial excitement wears off, it seems to dawn on most that settling into a new country is not all that easy. London is no exception. With the culture, political climate and standard of living, making adjustments in this capital and its environs can be difficult. What you can do is adjust to the best of your ability without losing who you are.

Understand the lingo

English in the US and UK differs, and it would be helpful for you to understand the differences. Whether in writing or speech, strive to become cognisant of the how locals speak and adapt. You might not end up talking as a local does, but making an effort to integrate breaks down some of the language barriers especially if English isn’t your mother tongue or are not fluent in it. It is especially helpful when you purpose to learn the language before your arrival. Don’t only settle for classes, listen to their local radio, and watch the news and popular content.

Explore by foot and local transportation

Getting around by cab in London is expensive. As in most cultures say, getting lost is how you get to know the way. Even finding an auto insurance broker in a random street is helpful. Don’t just stick to the tourist spots but check out the places that the locals, whether at work or school, like to visit. You can also go to places, not on the tourist map but get mentioned in conversations. Another way to discover more is to take road trips. You may not initially have a crew to go with, but solo travel makes for a fantastic conversation.

Step out of your comfort zone

Perhaps the hardest thing you’ll do is trying new things, especially when there are alternatives that you’re used to. It could be a dish or local market, but stepping out of your comfort zone, at the very least, adds to your character. It makes it harder to judge how the locals do things if you try walking in their shoes. Don’t just listen to what other expats say that you should try, eavesdrop on conversations and chart your path. Sure, you won’t fall in love with all of it, but you’ll have a fuller personal experience London has to offer.

Don’t walk it alone

Not everyone has similar interest so plug into as many social circles as you can. It may take time to catch a sense of what you like in the new place. That means having a mix of natives and expats. The latter will show you how to get things done as a foreigner. Someone who is, “born and raised” will show you a different way of doing things. Embrace both sides. Also, don’t forget to stay in touch with your home country as it helps you remain grounded.