It Takes a Village
Y’all know that phrase “It takes a village”, right? That’s true even in my “adult” life. I may be an adult according to my age, but I know nothing. I am quick to call my mother when I have any questions related to adulting. The only problem is life abroad means I sometimes have to figure things out on my own. That’s where my village steps in.
Making friends and building connections while living abroad is essential to success in another country. When the lightbulb in my bathroom went out my friend came and took care of it. When I was looking for restaurant recommendations while traveling solo locals held me down. When I was trying to navigate public transportation and banking my coworkers were the real MVPs.
Finding a community of people that have been in your shoes can make life abroad so much easier. From joining expat Facebook groups to making friends in your city to reading blogs and watching vlogs. I know if I need help or have a question there's plenty of people I can go to. Trying to figure everything out on your own is recipe for disaster.
Having people you can turn to for help is a major key when living as an expat. I'm forever grateful for all the people that have taken me under their wing and showed me the ropes. Now, it's my turn to pay it forward to the next expats that come behind me. Is that you 👀