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7-Day Spain Itinerary

7-Day Spain Itinerary

It’s impossible to see all of Spain in a single week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a memorable vacation! Spain is incredibly well-connected and you can easily rely on Renfe to get you where you need to go. Read on for a great […]

Drink Like Dickens: Your Guide To A London Charles Dickens Pub Crawl

Drink Like Dickens: Your Guide To A London Charles Dickens Pub Crawl

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get drunk with Charles Dickens, I’m here to answer, well, at least part of your quandary. Dickens may be long dead, but it is still possible to drink like the famed author would have. Ready […]

How To Deal With Living Abroad (Even When You Hate It)

How To Deal With Living Abroad (Even When You Hate It)

 

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the struggle of living abroad. This is mostly because two dear friends of mine settled abroad for the very first time in their lives and now, three years later, are still struggling to adjust. As someone who has moved every few years since the tender age of 17, I’ve lived in places I’ve loved, and in places I’ve loathed, and found ways to deal with both. So I’d like to talk a little about how to cope with living abroad, even when you don’t really like it!

 

Make it your home

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Something I’ve noticed with my friends and other people who struggle to adjust to living abroad is that they look at their situation as too transitional to bother actually making a home for themselves. While a light at the end of the tunnel can always help you get through a difficult situation, approaching living abroad like it’s a prison sentence definitely won’t make things easier for yourself. Instead of having a neither here-nor-there attitude, settle wherever you are. Hang up pictures, find ways to create a happy home environment that you love, make yourself feel at home. Even just hanging one photo can make a world of difference in how happy you’ll feel!

 

Make friends

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While it can be tempting to just hang with colleagues at the local pub after work, it’s not healthy to limit your friendships to the people you work with. Creating a tribe of friends outside the workplace will lessen the stress of living overseas, and is a fresh break from office drama (because, admit it, we all tend to talk about work when we’re hanging out with colleagues). Even better if you can find other expats who understand what you’re going through and can offer a strong support system to help get you through the really blue days.

 

Discover your city/country

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Something I’ve noticed plays a big part in whether or not someone feels some level of happiness when living abroad is how likely they are to get out and explore. Trust me when I say, I’ve been there. I’ve lived places I’ve absolutely hated, but they all have one thing in common: my quality of life and emotional health improved exponentially when I was willing to get out and see what these cities and countries had to offer. This can be as varied as uncovering speak-easy bars, or taking hikes out in the country. Instead of sitting at home in front of the TV missing your home country, how about seeking out new experiences? Finding things to love about a place you hate can only make life easier!

 

Remember it won’t last forever

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You shouldn’t look at your time abroad as a prison sentence, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to what life will be like once this period has passed. Dreams and goals are an important part of keeping you healthy and happy, and there’s nothing wrong with having something to strive towards. Sure, what you’re going through now is tough, but it’s important to remember that it won’t last forever. Things will get better. Someday you will live somewhere where you feel completely happy. And it’s okay to dream about that day.

 

Have you ever lived somewhere you hate? How did you cope? Share your tips below in the comments section.

5 Amazing Lisbon Restaurants For The Vegetarian Traveler

5 Amazing Lisbon Restaurants For The Vegetarian Traveler

  Being a vegetarian can be a challenge – especially if you are an expat living in countries that don’t cater much to the meatless lifestyle. Finding ways to follow your vegetarian ways may be simpler when you’re on your home turf, but traveling to […]

What To Do On A Day Out In Vancouver

What To Do On A Day Out In Vancouver

Vancouver is an amazing city for many reasons, but I particularly love that it’s easy to visit any time of the year. Because of its moderate climate, Vancouver weather rarely ranges in the extreme and can be pleasant whether you visit in winter or summer. […]


5 Romantic Cities to Visit in 2017

5 Romantic Cities to Visit in 2017

Valentine’s Day has just passed (I hope you all had a fantastic one), but I’m a true believer in keeping the romance going all year long. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look at some of the most romantic cities in the world that you should be visiting in 2017:

2. Lisbon, Portugal

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If the old-fashioned charm and friendly people don’t capture your heart, the colorful buildings and quaint trams certainly will! Visiting Lisbon is the perfect way to show yourself a little love—and that’s the best kind, isn’t it?

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2. Kyoto, Japan

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There are few places in the world as magical as Kyoto, and it is one city I would definitely return to in a heartbeat. The peaceful serenity and gorgeous nature will give you plenty of time to reflect on how much you love that special someone.

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3. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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It’s not hard to pinpoint what makes Amsterdam such a romantic city. Those dreamy canals, whimsical markets, and fanciful lanes and byways pretty much say it all!

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4. Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia seems to be all about romance and whimsy. You can take hikes among the fairy chimneys, go on a hot air balloon ride, or get lost in your thoughts while smoking a hookah and drinking Turkish tea. You’ll most definitely fall in love with this cute little town.

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5. Ubud, Bali

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Nothing quite says romance like a little taste of island life. Bali is an incredible place to visit, both solo or with someone you love. The tropical panoramas and friendly people will surely kindle a spark of passion in you for this beautiful island! Who knows? Maybe you’ll fall in love.

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What do you think are some of the most romantic cities in the world? Share your travel experiences!