Short-term trips are fantastic when you first start traveling. A week here or two weeks there can make you feel like a new person. Even knowing you have a trip planned during those early days can make you feel like you’re living the dream. Sadly, the more you travel, the less these benefits have an impact. When the lust for experiences really kicks in, even two weeks won’t scratch your itch.
That’s when you know it’s time to ditch traditional living for good. The moment you give it all up and move somewhere new is the moment you let nomadic living into your life for good.
Whether you intend to move for six months or a year, the chance to live in new places is the next logical step for the travel bug in you. Even if you can ignore that call now, there will come a time when you feel the need to move. And, when that time comes, you want to make sure you do things right. To some extent that does, of course, mean choosing a destination which suits. But, it also means avoiding these rookie relocation mistakes.
Renting in central areas
When you visit an area as a tourist, you probably head to central locations. All the better for being in the thick of the action. A hostel in the center of Rome is sure to make for a trip to remember. An Airbnb on Singapore’s sealine is going to blow your mind. But, the same rules do not apply when you’re looking at staying for longer. When you move to a place, no matter how long for, it would be madness to seek property in these prime locations. For one, the crowds would soon drive you out of your mind. You’ll also spend way above the odds for property here.
Instead, look into less populated areas. Rather than Rome, you would be better of in nearby towns like Anguillara Sabazia. Rather than looking to popular areas like Johor Bahru in Singapore, seek property in quieter options like Bukit Panjang. Or, apply these same rules to whichever destination takes your fancy. Get out a map and draw a circle around your central location. Then, search for somewhere to live in all the towns around it. Your bank balance and sanity will thank you for it.
Giving off that ‘tourist’ vibe
Even as an avid explorer, you may have something of a tourist vibe about you. You don’t need a chunky camera around your neck to give yourself away as an outsider, after all. Something as simple as the clothes you wear can reveal your origins. And, if locals pin you as a tourist even after you move, you’re going to get stung everywhere you go. In the majority of destinations, there’s one price for tourists and another for locals. Make sure you fall into the latter category by doing what you can to blend in. Invest in new outfits from local stores as soon as you’re able.
Try not to openly gape at spectacular sights every time you walk past them. And, whatever happens, don’t be afraid to haggle if you think a shop owner is playing you. By showing your understanding of local prices, you can reduce the chances of the same ever happening again. Get these simple steps right, and you’re sure to become one of the locals in no time.
Refusing to speak the language
Though it might shock you, a lot of people who move abroad never make any real effort to learn the language. This is especially the case for those who only intend to stay for six months or less. Instead, they may learn basic words and attempt to get by without opening up to anything more. If you’re thinking about doing this, don’t.
For one, it’s rude. As an outsider, the least you can do is learn how to communicate with the people and culture around you. If you aren’t bothered about being polite, consider that refusing to learn the language could also leave you lonely. That’s not ideal at a time when you need people around you the most. You won’t have any friends or family to turn to in your new destination, after all.
So, do what you can. Even making some effort to speak a language can both help you and help locals warm to you. If you doggedly continue to speak English, though, you’re never going to be able to call that new place home.
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