We all love our homes. We love the comfort of knowing it is ours; we love the sanctuary of getting back after a long day and relaxing on the sofa with a mug or glass of whatever and finally put our feet up. Our homes are something that allows us an escape from the outside world and live in harmony.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other places in the world that you can call home. The world is so vast and full of wonder that it would be irresponsible of you to neglect the potential that the rest of the planet has to offer. Now, it is easier than ever to find an escape on the other side of the globe and feel right at home in an unfamiliar and faraway land.
Whether you are looking to get away for an extended period or merely just take a break, there are plenty of options to be as comfortable as possible no matter where you are in the world. Getting to a new country can be overwhelming at times, and so making the transition as smooth as you can for both you and your family will save a lot of trouble later on.
WHERE TO STAY
Going somewhere different means you will need to find somewhere to stay. Depending on what you want your experience to be, there is always something that will suit you. If you want to immerse yourself in the metropolitan lifestyle, then there are many, different options available to keep you near the action.
If you want to have a little bit of peace and quiet, you can find a whole host of affordable apartments available to rent and live in for the duration of your stay. This typically works out cheaper than a hotel room and is ideal for families who don’t want to eat out every night. Having your own space is something that will make you feel more at home, and therefore save any of the stress involved with needing to jump from hostel to hostel, or hotel to hotel.
Getting to a wholly unfamiliar place in the world might take some time getting used to. Exotic destinations can come with a feeling of being overwhelmed, and you might feel like a stranger in an even stranger land (and to be honest, you kind of are).
However, just because you might feel scared at first does not mean you have to stay like this. There is no better cure for culture shock than throwing yourself headfirst into this new world and getting the most out of it. Exploring a new country can help you understand more about it and will give you further context on what to expect, even if it will take some getting used to.
Wandering around the city is an excellent way to get your bearings early on, and many cities offer free walking tours that will give you the chance to learn even more. Additionally, taking the time to sample the local cuisine, nightlife, and any popular attractions in the early days or weeks of your stay will make settling in much more comfortable. When it comes to making friends (if you are there for a long time), there are often expat events that will help you find like-minded people to engage and build relationships with.
During your time away you might be worried about the money. If you are only away for a few weeks at most, then this should not be a problem. However, when thinking about extended stays in another country, you will need to find some way to generate funds to stay afloat.
A lot of people who choose to leave their home for exotic experiences take to writing blog posts about their time away. While it can take time to start making money from your blog, it gives you the opportunity to enhance your portfolio and gain experience in writing online.
Another option is finding freelance work, which can include travel writing but also concerns photos that you can take while away and sell them to companies and businesses looking for authentic pictures of specific destinations. If you are away for a long time, then obtaining a TEFL certificate and finding a school that will employ you to teach English is an excellent way of meeting new people and making a considerable amount of money on the side.
Finding a place to call home on the other side of the world is not without its drawbacks, though. Anybody who has packed up and left their home country, leaving all of their friends and family behind knows what homesickness can feel like, and it can wreak havoc on your happiness if it is not dealt with adequately.
However, with the world as connected as it now is, there is no shortage of options for keeping in touch and staying connected with those you hold dearest back home. Using social media platforms such as WhatsApp and its group chat feature will ensure you never miss a thing back home. Furthermore, video chat services like Skype gives you the opportunity to remember what everybody looks like and make you feel just that little bit more connected to home.
HOME AND AWAY
Finding a home away from home might seem like something that is impossible. It may feel like it will be a challenge to recreate the ambience of your home somewhere else in the world. However, knowing how to approach this lifestyle change, even if it is just for a few weeks, can make your experience that much more enjoyable and comfortable for both you and your family.
There are so many opportunities out there in the world that you should take the chance to experience them while you can. If you want to see the world before committing yourself to the rigours of real-life, then understand it is not as terrifying as it might seem. If you are merely looking to add some excitement and undertake a significant change in your established life, then taking this massive step is something that you won’t regret.
You might never be able to recreate your home while away from home, but you can do your best to get as close as possible.