Moving to another country, even for a short period of time like a study abroad, is exciting, challenging, and even scary at time. Its new and completely different than anything you have ever experienced. No matter how many times you tell yourself that, you may not realize just how true that really is until you arrive. Culture shock is the real deal and can be very stressful to manage at first, but with a few tips and tricks you will be strutting down every street like local (no map needed).
(Most important and comforting tip to settling in, find your nearest grocery store or mini mart! Food is the most essential and you will spend a lot of time frequenting them so it is always a comfort to know the nearest ones.)
So whether you are going abroad for a semester, moving abroad for a longer period of time, or just a vacation for a shorter period of time, don't let culture shock get you down! Use these tricks to your advantage and conquer culture shock like a boss to have the best experience abroad possible.
xx A Traveler's Bliss
(hey - hey you. click the bliss above... do it.)