Moving Abroad? Here’s How To Get Into The ‘New Culture Mindset’

While we are all one species and one collection of people with beating hearts, hopes and dreams, it’s not hard to see that cultures can be vastly different. To move from one to another can be a little bit of a shock, despite well-intentioned and overall good people surrounding you in your new neighbourhood. This is one of those ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ issues that can permeate your perspective if you’re not careful. By this, we mean that ingratiating yourself into a new society and culture can take a little work, but if done effectively can help you shine in your new surroundings. 

You might have moved for work, to open a new brand of your business overseas, to enrich yourself culturally or to get closer to your roots. Of course, these aren’t the only motivations you may have, but no matter why you’re there, you will need to adapt to the mindset of a new culture in order to ingratiate yourself fully. This doesn’t mean losing what comprises your identity. People who move to the United States or the United Kingdom quite rightly hold onto their culture and preserve it, and you might want to do the same moving abroad. 

However, societies always interconnect more when people make an effort to adapt to their surroundings, even if only on the surface. To become more adapted to the flow of life and settle into your new international environment with ease, you might consider the following efforts:

Moving Abroad? Here's How To Get Into The 'New Culture Mindset'

Eating The Cuisine 

Eating the cuisine of a culture is a pretty surefire way to experience that culture with all of your senses. There’s something you get from absorbing taste, smell, texture and presentation that you might not get from reading a travel guide. Being served a meal is an act of love, so the entire experience can certainly enhance your understanding of the best of what that culture has to offer. 

Not only this but heading to an authentic restaurant will give you an opportunity to practice your newly learned skills in the language of the culture. This is perhaps more important than you might initially consider. If you’re afraid to communicate with a people due to seeming silly trying to enunciate its parlance, then you’ll never grow as a linguist within that culture. There are almost no better groups of people to practice with than waiters or bartenders, as they often have to parse the communication of tourists and try to come to some form of understanding. Plus, you gain a tasty meal as a reward for your efforts.

Moving Abroad? Here's How To Get Into The 'New Culture Mindset'

Take Language Classes 

Taking language classes can help you begin to communicate with the culture around you, but they are much more than this. A language tutor worth their salt will be able to refer you to resources that help you become familiar with a culture, from classic celebrated films to television shows you might try watching with subtitles. From the moment you move all your belongings using 1st Move International Removals Company, you will begin to become exposed to the cultural media almost immediately. Being able to generate an informed understanding of the communication used will help you ingratiate yourself in the mindset of a country more.

There have been confirmed studies that state thinking in a certain language can color your thoughts and perceptions. This is obviously true if held under scrutiny. That means if you hope to fully understand a culture deep down, you need to at least attempt to speak their language.

Moving Abroad? Here's How To Get Into The 'New Culture Mindset'

Find A City Travel Guide 

Travel guides can help you explore your local city. If you’re looking to experience an explosion in artistic expression, architecture, late night culture, the best museums among many other excellent cultural considerations, finding a city travel guide could absolutely be your best bet. Not only does this serve as an adventure, but it helps you open your mind to the cultural conversation, and provide context to the basis of a city.

No matter who you are, it’s hard not to be humbled by the history and cultural impression of a city. We often think of cities as static, fixed as they are now, created by a benevolent authority. Remember that all cities are the product of history, and that might be influenced by many different cultures and peoples. They are products of the peak social invention. Visiting them and exploring them can help you gain a great context for the country you now live in, even if the standard cosmopolitan lifestyle is not something that is included with that.

Moving Abroad? Here's How To Get Into The 'New Culture Mindset'

With these tips, getting into the ‘new culture’ mindset will be much easier than expected.
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15 Comments

  1. 09/07/2018 / 6:43 pm

    Great post this! Moving abroad is something I absolutely want to do when I’m a bit older! There’s some great advice here.

  2. 09/07/2018 / 9:01 pm

    These are such great tips. I think they’re all perfect for traveling, in general. Food is a really good (and delicious) way to get to know a culture, and it’s always important to be able to understand and say at least please and thank you in their language!

  3. 10/07/2018 / 3:05 am

    I never thought of living abroad until my youngest daughter mentioned. Once she graduates from high school she wants to visit other countries and choose one to live in. Germany is at the top of her list and Greece is a close second.

  4. 10/07/2018 / 5:48 am

    I don’t think that I could ever move abroad as I am such a home bunny, but these are great tips for intrigating. I definitely feel that you should learn the local language x
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  5. 10/07/2018 / 7:51 am

    Great tips and I totally agree, learning to speak the language and practicing in restaurants and bars is key to feeling like you’re part of the local community.

  6. 10/07/2018 / 2:18 pm

    Oh some really good tips . I’d love to move abroad , we would definitely consider it when we are older and the kids have left school

  7. 14/07/2018 / 11:10 am

    Fab tips & I definitely agree about making the effort to adapt to your new surroundings. Language is a particularly important one in my opinion.

  8. 17/07/2018 / 5:18 pm

    These are great tips to consider when shifting to a new culture, it’s not all about the physical, the mental aspect is real.

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