Finding Yourself in Another Country
If you find yourself in another country, you must first understand what the culture is like in that country. You must learn about the language, customs, history, politics, religion, etc. Once you know that country’s culture well, you can begin to plan how you want to live there. When preparing to move to another country, you must prepare for everything that could happen. Make sure you have copies of all your documents (passports, visas, driver’s licenses, social security cards, etc.) and that you have enough money to last until you get settled.
Depending on where you live, you may need to spend a lot of time getting settled. If you are moving to a big city, you might need to spend months or even years getting to know the area. If you are moving somewhere else, you may only need a few days or weeks to settle. Either way, you must factor in the time you need to spend in that country. Once you have decided where you want to go, you need to choose where you will stay. Many factors determine whether or not you should rent a house, apartment, hostel, hotel, etc. If you are looking for something cheap, you can look for apartments near public transportation. If you want to experience more of the culture, you may want to look for a house.
In any new environment, you need to find a safe place. Ensure you are never alone in a quiet spot inside your home, a remote corner of your room, or even a familiar nook at work. When you are alone, you are vulnerable. Take some time to look around and see if you can sense your surroundings. Identify your new location’s features, landmarks, and physical elements. You don’t have to be proficient when you arrive if you’re going to a nation with an unfamiliar language, but you should grasp the fundamentals. Get acquainted with basic greetings like “hi” and “thank you,” as well as words that will make it easier for you to get around at first.