So you are the adventurous type: You decided to pack your bags and fly across the country to either travel, work or study. You did it alone and for that you should be tremendously proud of yourself. Throughout your year abroad you have missed your loved ones, but you were able to move past the longing and focus on how privileged you were to be in another country.
However, we are now quickly approaching the season to be jolly, and your mood will most likely be starting to slowly spiral downwards and you might not know what to do in order to bring it back up towards the thankful and joyful attitude you once had.
Spending the holidays abroad can be very exhilarating, but also very lonely. It is true that you get to see a new country, experience a different culture and that you get to broaden your horizons.
Yet, alongside this great adventure that you are on (particularly if you are traveling alone) you will find the emptiness that often accompanies the ache of not being able to share these special days with your family and friends.
Despite the desolation you might be starting to experience, there are ways to combat it and ensure you get to enjoy your time during the holidays abroad, and here is how:
1. Research is rudimentary
We live in a world where almost every country has an assortment of different cultures and people – thus, you are sure to find that many of the holidays you celebrate might be celebrated in the country you are now residing in. Do some research and ask around.
You should also consider looking into expat communities – there will certainly be someone who celebrates the same holidays you do and as a bonus, you get to meet new people. Find out where the expats hang out, eat, shop and celebrate the holidays. Many times these people will make your time in a new country feel slightly more like home.
If you want to broaden your horizons a little bit more, why not do some research on the holidays that are specific to that region and which the country celebrates, then in turn expand your experience by participating in it? By opening yourself up to new experiences you are creating new opportunities to make unforgettable memories that you will carry with you for a lifetime.