There is no better feeling than feeling at home and at peace. But, these feelings of peace and security can be unsettled when we’re in a different environment, surrounded by strangers, or challenged by a foreign culture while working or studying abroad, etc. While some people can easily and quickly integrate into a new country or culture, others may take longer to do so. But that is not impossible as long as you want to adapt. Just think about it, there are currently 272 million international migrants all over the world, according to the World Economic Forum. So, why should you feel intimidated! Your travel bags are ready? You booked your flight tickets? Now let’s move to some tips on how to integrate into another country. Keep reading.
1. Keep an open mind
The primary thing that you should keep in mind when you move and settle down in a foreign country is being open-minded! It’s only natural to experience culture shock when you’re in a foreign country, but it is crucial to keep an open mind if you want to integrate into the new culture and blend with the locals. Avoid mocking or disrespecting foreign culture and its people. Embrace the new ideas with an open mind and an open heart and let yourself feel at home but still, never discard your own values or cultural identity if you don’t want to.
2. Try learning the local language
You want to know one of the best ways to integrate into another country, break the language barrier. By learning the local language of the country you’ve moved to, you will know the people more closely and learn about their culture. You will be able to blend better with the people and feel more comfortable and welcomed. Truly, your efforts to integrate into the culture won’t go unnoticed. Plus, learning a foreign language is never a loss!
3. Observe the local’s way of life
You’re keeping an open mind, right? Well, now it’s time to bring back your childhood curiosity. In other ways, drop all prejudices or judgments that you might have about the new country and its culture, and observe how they behave, interact, their body language, way of life, etc. You will be surprised by how much it will change your perspectives and make you feel more at home.
4. Communicate with the locals
Communication is a basic human skill that you can use more of in this context. I can’t stress enough how important communication is when you’re in a foreign country. However you can, make sure to express your thoughts and feelings and your gratitude if a local has done you a favor. You will not only make lifetime friendships but (you guessed it right!) you will be able to feel at home.
5. Explore the country
Travel is always the perfect way to have an open mind, learn from people of different backgrounds, and find yourself. So, whenever you can, try traveling around your new country. You can just pack your backpack and start exploring cities, beautiful sceneries, local villages, anywhere that is safe. And even if you’re on a budget, at least explore your neighborhood and speak to the locals. Anywhere can feel like home if your mindset is built on acceptance, tolerance, and love. Tell us the story of how you integrated into your new country!