Thursday, 9 April 2015

The top adventures every expat should have as part of exploring their new home

To fully experience your new home, you need to immerse yourself by diving into the experience and becoming inspired by your new culture. Moving abroad is one of the biggest adventures of a lifetime, but don’t feel shy, you may be surprised by what you find just on your new doorstep.

Here is our guide to hitting the ground running and making the most out of the new experiences each day will bring. Make your stay an adventurous one!

Get lost: Leave the house and go for a walk, take different turnings and see where you end up.  You could get on a bus or train and ride it to the end. You never know what you might stumble upon along the way!

Stroll around the local markets: A local market is a fascinating place; it will allow you to find out all about the unique local produce from food to fabrics, and clothes to ornaments. It can become a fascinating exploration into how local people go about their day to day shopping and trading and a great way to get to know some of the local characters!

Go to a festival: Local festivals are another great way to experience the uniqueness of your new environment. Have a go at learning the local dialect; it will help you get to know the locals who will enjoy sharing their culture with you. If you need a helping hand, here is our guide to the festivals from around the world that you won’t want to miss!

Try out the local cuisine: Go to a restaurant where the menu is only in the local language; again you will definitely try something new! Be adventurous and try and find something from the menu that you wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world.

Get a registered local taxi: One of the best ways to get to know a new place is to take a trip in a cab. Local taxi drivers won’t be shy with their view on their hometown and often have a wonderful insight of knowledge and information about your new local town and its people.

Recreational Activities: Get out of the city and into the countryside and see what life is like away from the hustle and bustle. – Or if you’re staying somewhere quieter, head for the nearest metropolitan hub. If you’re into sports, why not try out the recreational clubs? As well as keeping fit, getting involved in team sports is another good way to make new friends.

Whatever you choose to do; the most important thing is to have fun and be open minded. Remember this is a new experience in your new home, so enjoy it!

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