local dating rituals...
dating has become more and more accepted around the globe,
but you still need to ask the locals about any important customs,
or behaviors. For example, singles in New York tend to date
multiple people until they agree to be exclusive. In many
other cultures, it’s common to date only one person
at a time. Make sure you familiarize yourself with these traditions.
Get a guidebook...
if you’re moving to a new country with a different language,
buy a guidebook before you leave. This way you can get your
favorite one and ensure it’s in your maternal language.
A guidebook is a wonderful way to make sure you’re aware
of, and get to visit, the locations of most interest.
if you have to take one of those cheesy double-decker buses
– dare to be a tourist, at least at the beginning. This
is a great, and easy, way to learn how to navigate the city,
and your tour guide(s) are great resources to ask about local
hot-spots. In addition, when you gain a sense of direction,
it works wonders to feeling at home!
familiar with danger zones...
find this especially important for women – find out
what areas are considered safe, and which are dangerous. You
can do this best by asking locals you know, and those you
meet. This will allow you to stick to areas you know are populated,
and safe. Feeling safe is integral to feeling at home.
Join a local
charity, or class...
up for a local class or charity is a great way to meet new
people, and to pick up an activity that you will derive great
satisfaction from. This is also an easy way to create a routine
(cooking class every Wednesday, for example). Routine often
helps us feel settled. This is especially important if you
are moving with children.