I admit, I have far too often packed way too much stuff when I have traveled. And I have so often regretted it! But over the last few years I’ve learned the advantages of traveling with a carry-on only.

I just had one of those uncomfortable moments with one of my adult children.  I asked about doing something that concerned his family, got a negative nonverbal reaction, and because of time, we didn’t get it figured out.  All day long my mind has been exploring reasons why my request elicited that response.  

Whether you are taking a short trip or moving to live in a new culture, there are some key attitudes that will make the experience more enjoyable and enriching. I have learned that successful travel begins with your attitude.

To fully participate and enjoy living in a new country it is vital to be able to speak the language of the people.  While there is no substitute for a fully immersive, full time language program to learn a new language; there are several computer programs and apps to help you get a head start on learning before arriving in your new country. 

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The expat life has many benefits, but one of the hardest challenges is being far from family. This can be felt the most when you hear of someone who is sick, receives a bad medical prognosis, or is in an accident. Living in a foreign country is hard when a loved one is dying.

“Do not despise the time of preparation.”  I didn’t fully embrace this advice shared with me some seven years ago by a friend who had received it herself from a mentor.


 

Scott, our Asia Project Director, shares his six tips for sharing on social media while overseas:

It is wonderful to live in a world where we can share our experiences through social media. We can instantly share breathtaking pictures, describe exciting and challenging experiences, and innovatively connect with our family and friends.  Since ...


Scott, our Asia Project Operations Director, shares his insights on orienting your new life overseas.

Moving to a new city in a new country can be a disorienting experience. Nothing is familiar, you can’t read the road signs, and it is hard to ask directions in a new language. How do you get oriented in your new location?

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Katherine is an IDEAS Associate and professional leadership and team specialist who lives and works in North Africa. You can find out more about her business at http://seebeyond.cc/. Enjoy her latest thoughts on Unmet Expectations

We’ve all experienced the disappointment, frustration, even anger when ...

Scott, our Asia Director, shares his insights on how to adjust to a new setting in our latest blog: Shake or Kiss? Questions to Help Understand a New Culture.