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5 Surefire Ways to Make Friends While Traveling

Say Yes to Opportunities

When searching for friends, say yes to invitations, whether it's an adventure in the mountains or simply hanging out by the lake.

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Travelling is your best teacher
Contrary to popular belief, traveling can teach you more than a classroom, job, or relationship ever will.

The real world means packing up and leaving your comfort zone, the familiar, your sa...

Lessons that travelling will teach you
  1. To be more patient when things do not go as planned - and it happens on every trip. 
  2. To leave your comfort zone. It's exhilarating to forget what's familiar for a bit and expand your horizons.
  3. To be more curious. Being in new territory will probe new ideas and curiosities.
  4. To appreciate other cultures. 
  5. To live simply. You can survive with very, very little.
  6. To make friends with strangers as travelling make you desperate for human interaction.
  7. ...but to also embrace your solo travel experience.  You will come home with a new sense of independence.
  8. To try new things as what you do at home doesn't always work when you travel.
  9. To think creatively. Sometimes it takes a little thinking outside of the box to get by.

  10. To find beauty in small things that you did not notice before you started your trip, like a home-cooked meal.

Pushing limits

Traveling forces you out of your comfort zone.

You know and feel comfortable with all the people in the school: the teachers, the friends, the parents, and other school workers.

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Travelling and time management

Traveling teaches you better time management skill

In your travel adventure, getting late will cost you lots of money. After all, you can’t ask the plane to wait for you.

New experiences and perspectives

Traveling allows you to see and experience new ways of living.

Have you been to Guangzhou, China and seen people eat cockroaches and worms? You might be able to see the photo of that from a textbook, but experiencing it yourself can only be done through traveling.

Do Your Research

In deciding where you want to work, consider the kind of experience you’d like to have:

  • Is there a region of the world you've always wanted to explore?
  • What kind of day...
Visiting vs. Living in a new place

Try visit the place you're interested in moving to if it's feasible. Because working in a country or city is not the same as vacationing there. 

While hitting the tourist hot spots is great, try to explore neighborhoods where the locals live, visit grocery stores, and sit in restaurants. Then you can do one better and speak to other expats who live there to get a sense of what day-to-day life is like.

Move for the Company, Not Just the Place

As tempting as it is to move to a beautiful place for the location and lifestyle, don’t do it at the cost of your career. There’s nothing worse than moving to a country for a job you end up hating, especially if your legal status depends on an employer-sponsored visa.

Be proactive about researching the reputation of any company you’re considering.