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Introduction

Thank you so much for picking up this book! I hope you’ll find it helpful when you’re on the road or moving to another country (or even within a country). It is intended to be a short practical guide: straight to the point and applicable here and now.

For the purpose of this ebook, I’m going to make two assumptions:

1. You have a guide book with emergency contact numbers and safety considerations or have otherwise researched that information: read the news, check government and embassy websites for travel safety recommendations, browse through travel and expat websites and forums.

2. You have researched health issues, spoken to a doctor and taken necessary precautions (vaccinations, malaria pills and so on).

In this ebook you’ll find a brief overview of my take on culture shock followed by tips for you to use no matter where you are or how overwhelmed you feel. Experiencing culture shock includes many ups and downs. This is the moment when small reminders about what we can do to help ourselves feel better come in handy.

The goal here is to use simple everyday actions in a purposeful way to ease the stress that comes with everything being new.

Happy travels!

A Matter of Perception

Culture shock is often talked about in terms of symptoms or phases. It’s about a series of ups and downs. It’s important to acknowledge those feelings because they are a gateway to what lies beneath, but we shouldn’t forget to dig deeper. So to begin with, here are feelings travelers might experience when going through culture shock:

alienated

alienated from our own culture

angry

anxious

at peace

confronted with our own limits

confronted with yourself

curious

disconnected

easily annoyed

excited

feel like your personal space is being intruded upon

feeling of familiarity

feeling out of place

free

full of anticipation

fully alive

guilty

happily overwhelmed

happy

in touch with yourself

inexplicably connected

insecure

interested

irritated

isolated

judgmental

lonely

nervous

numb

on edge

raw

sad

scared

shocked

stressed

tired

torn

uncomfortable

vulnerable

A Moment of Growth

As I see it, this is only the surface. What lies beneath this emotional roller coaster?

1. we need to process a lot of new information

2. we need to process our reaction to that information

Adaptation consists of digesting all of that. On the way, we are led to put our whole lives into perspective, question what we know and assume, and learn new ways of functioning to attempt to understand another culture and ourselves within it. Culture shock strips us from our comforts