How to pack for a year abroad - EF GO Blog

Going to a new city abroad can be an exhilarating experience; new people, new places, new cultures, new concepts, etc. Adapting to this new environment can be overwhelming; it will take some time before you go from being the newest person on the block to a local. Here is what you can do to fully know a city when you travel abroad:

Use the services of tourist agencies

If you want to make the most of your trip to a city and get to know the city fully, then you should consider using the services of a tourist agency. This is considering that tourist agencies have a full knowledge of the area they operate. Hence, it will be easier for them to take you to the main places in that area and introduce you to all you need to know. This is more so if you use the services of a reputable tourist agencies. You might want to read Prestigia and tours4fun reviews to know if they operate in the city you intend to visit. You will also get to know if other people that have used their services testify to being able to fully know about they city they visited when they used the services of the tourist agencies.

Speak the language of that city

Language is one of the best ways to connect on a deeper level with people. A maxim says that when you speak to a man in another language, you speak to his head, but when you speak to him in his language, you speak to his heart. Before you travel to that city, you should have started learning the language spoken by the locals. Read books, watch movies produced in the language, get your hands on online resources, etc. This will help you to relate more with the locals; they will warm up to you. Besides, you will be linguistically able to express yourself without any hindrance. You might not be perfect in speaking the language, but making an effort is better than making no effort at all.

Volunteer your skills

Part of knowing a city includes finding places to volunteer your skills. You need to meet new people, make connections with them, and land yourself some opportunities. You will not have access to this if you just stay cooped up in a place. Through volunteering, you get to meet people with similar interests. If you would be staying for long in that city, you would need a job. Volunteering can help you gain certain job qualifications that would look good on your resume. Depending on the place you volunteer at, you can also learn more about the city. The connections you make can turn out to play a huge part in your life; you can meet your spouse, form lifelong friendships, get international business opportunities, etc. You can get volunteering opportunities online, checking through the newspapers, or asking people around you that you would like to help out for free.

Join religious gatherings and attend local events

Spirituality is an essential part of any society, and no matter how secularised a society can be, there will still be traces of religion. Depending on which faith you practice, look for places of worship to join. Be active and be known in such places. In no time, you will become fully integrated into your new society. If you are not staying long or do not want anything to do with religion, you can attend local events. These events can be free or not. For instance, charity runs, cultural festivals, pop-up music events, Halloween, etc. are some of the events you could attend. You can use Google maps to track down places where and when the events are happening. However, ensure these events are safe for you to attend. Enjoy yourself, learn as much as you can, make friends but do not get drunk.

Visit a public library and local restaurants

Although a library is not one of the exciting things to do because it relies on learning, it is still one of the coolest places to be. You do not have to spend money to be in the library. Besides, local libraries usually have events, tutoring options, free classes, etc. that you can be part of. Another way to know a city is by eating its local food. As much as you can afford, go to cheap restaurants who make great local foods and enjoy yourself. You can take this experience further by learning how to cook them too.

Free your inner tourist

When you are new in a place, you have the passion to explore the nooks and crannies of that place. You should not hold this passion in, let it out. This does not mean you act recklessly in a foreign land; know which tourist behaviors to avoid, but allow yourself to be adventurous. Indulge in this new environment. Make a list of the most affordable and best local tours of landmarks. Hire a tour guide to accompany you or use the services of a local tourist company. You definitely will not know everything about a city in such a short time, but landmarks tell a lot of information about your new city. Additionally, tourist activities are also opportunities to take great photos. You can use these photos as reminders of your time in the city and for your social media accounts too.