Kim is a broad who’s been abroad. She was born in Canada and spent eight years teaching English in South Korea before settling down in the USA with her hubby. She is still making LOTS of mistakes and will divulge all wisdom (often learned the hard way) about the good, the bad, and the ugly of getting out into the world.
Start small, then go big. I did NOT follow this advice my first time travelling and it ended up being like National Lampoon’s European Vacation. Trying to cram so many cities into so many weeks is exciting, but getting a little practice in with a vacation on a simpler scale isn’t a bad thing.
For Expats: If you’re in a good situation (good employer, decent housing) then just give your new situation TIME. Eventually differences in personal space, conflict resolution and language barriers (as examples) won’t seem so daunting. Focus on what you LIKE and what you don’t will seem less important over time. That doesn’t mean however that you should stay at a job where the environment is abusive, or live in sub-par housing with health issues (such as a bad mold problem).
Be a considerate traveller. Mind the space you occupy and how you’re filling it (for example don’t put your feet up on someone’s arm rest), mind your volume, and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to all service personnel. Have your documents ready, and don’t try to push your way to be first when exiting places (like the plane).