If you follow us you know by now we are living in Colombia. We arrived on January 1st, 2019 at 1:13 am with four bags of luggage and two little kiddos. We left the airport in a tiny yellow cab with our luggage squished in the trunk and front seat curving around mountains as if we were in a driving video game. Although it was scary transitioning here we’ve been here a week and already belong to a small embracing community helping us transition into the Colombian life. Read on for three tips I’ve learned so far.
Join Social Media Groups
The first benefit is to find Facebook groups to follow. Chat in those Facebook groups for answers to many of your questions you might have when transitioning to a new country. This is how I was able to find so many contacts within one week of my stay here. Meet up with the people you find in the Facebook groups. Usually, they offer meetups or functions for networking. It is very important to meet people face to face to build a connection and exchange information. You may also learn how those people are connected and how you fit in for a long term relationship.
Use the Internet as your Research
Secondly, do as much research as you can about the area you’re traveling to. There are so many resources available to research an area. Youtube helped us out tremendously, Google Maps, where you can get a wide view on the area, or search Airbnb for not only places to stay, but things to do while you’re there.
Talk to the Locals
This tip may be limiting as there may be a language barrier. If you know the local language then you will have no issue. If you want to talk to the locals you can find a translator, usually, they’re inexpensive and ask questions about the area on how you should conduct yourself. The option of finding someone who speaks English and the native language may be available as well.
For more tips, you can follow us and learn about how to transition in a different country. It is very possible and is not as hard as you think. You can follow us on Youtube or our social media platforms for additional content of our travels.