1. HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
When you relocate overseas, you are likely to join a unique club: You will have two addresses, two languages, and 2 currencies staying with you. Let’s not go as far and say that you’ll have two personalities, but you will undoubtedly continually be part of two worlds – your old and your new home. The 2 worlds will probably be a little more of a blur over time, but there will almost certainly regularly be mail delivered to your parents’ house or perhaps a bunch of boxes stored in a friend’s basement.2. CARE PACKAGES START TO MEAN A LOT
Even though we can order almost anything online these days, obtaining a care package (a box of treats from back home) is better than perfect curly hair on your birthday. Obviously, everything in a sent package will taste a gazillion times better than local food that hasn’t traveled the world. At this point, you will also have to choose a care-package strategy: You either devour it all at the same time and leave no traces behind, or perhaps you become a master rationer who works miracles with the expiration dates to ensure everything lasts for as long as possible.3. GOODBYES GET EASIER (SORT OF)
Though hardly anyone is great at putting the best back into goodbye, farewells do end up getting a little easier over time. Perhaps it’s due to the fact you realize that you are able to go home and relax on the sofa that smells familiar – no matter where you travel to and from. Perhaps you’ve also discovered a way to temporarily turn off all emotional organs, and you know that following a goodbye there’s always a hello.4. FRIENDSHIPS INTENSIFY
Getting away and putting a huge body of water and land in between you and people you care about is tough. You are likely to rapidly learn who goes out of their way to stay in contact or uses their holiday days to come and visit. There will be people who distance themselves, but others will come closer.5. CHALLENGES LOOK DIFFERENT
living by the sea is amazing. But you’ll still need to pay bills, fix clogged toilets, and recover from a nasty cold. Just because you live in another nation – that may or may not look like paradise, it doesn’t mean your issues will stay away and everything is going to be a walk in the park (or the beach).6. GUILT LINGERS
Bear in mind your mom’s face when she learned that you can’t make it home for Sunday dinner, however, you promised to come round the week after? Now, picture this face when you’re attempting to explain that you’re not coming home for Christmas because you couldn’t acquire time off (or due to the fact that roadtrip with friends was just impossible to say no to). Oh, and you also most likely won’t have time for a visit until the summer after. There’s going to be guilt trips and you will have to focus on quality instead of quantity.7. THE SHOW GOES ON (WITH OR WITHOUT YOU)
Exciting things will happen without you – friends will get married, babies will be born, and renowned parties are going to be thrown. You’ll probably miss a whole lot of it and only catch selected moments on social media. It’s really hard to simply accept, BUT it’s going to be exactly the same for your friends who miss out on all the amazingness in your life.8. YOU SEE HOME IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT
You might have
relocated overseas due to the weather conditions or even the crowded/boring streets. Nevertheless, should you explain to people from another country where you live, your photographs or descriptions are usually met with fascination and interest. Getting this outside point of view can give you a completely new appreciation for all those streets back home and the nasty weather conditions you normally grumble about. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and possibly more patriotic – particularly when you’re cheering on your country even though you don’t like football or cricket or basketball.9. YOU START DOING AS THE LOCALS DO
Day by day,
you will turn into a local. It starts with learning the local language, however it goes way beyond understanding conversations. At some point, you are fully aware of when you should go to the market for the best deals, you’ll find a cafe where they know what you would like before you even order, and passionately discuss local elections on the bus. Even though you will probably never become as local as someone who was raised in your new home, you will absorb and catch yourself doing what the locals do.And being part of a new culture is a pretty wonderful feeling.10. HOME? HOME!
It might be hard to answer the question of where your home is, as it usually entails a lengthy explanation. Occasionally, it truly is where the heart is. Sometimes, it’s where you spent your years as a child or even where you lived throughout an important life event. For me personally, home is where my laptop and TV is and where the Wi-Fi connects automatically.