You have finally arrived at your destination, you think when you look out of the plane. It may be hot, the odors unfamiliar, you're also excited and would love to see everything right away. But suddenly the thoughts in your head become darker: "What if something happens?" Or "I just do not know how to behave properly!"
The culture shock is making its way into your emotional world. But there are tips and tricks to deal with this, so that you avoid negative experience on your vacation abroad. Keep in mind: a culture shock is normal and nothing to be afraid of.
It hits some people right at the beginning, with others it only comes after a few days or even weeks. But almost every traveler has had to deal with the feeling of cultural shock before.
Feeling strange in a different culture, away from home, the familiar environment, friends, family - that is sometimes not easy, but there are ways and means to overcome the fear and to have a wonderful holiday.
Typical symptoms of a culture shock are:
Tip 1 - Preparation is half the battle won
Anyone who is aware of the potential culture shock from the beginning can still be “shocked” wen he arrives, but the shock will not happen out of the blue. Anyone who prepares the methods and does not completely surrender to the shock will discover that the horror is not so bad as initially thought.
Tip 2 - Take time out when it does not work anymore
But the culture shock has ambushed you and you just feel anxious and completely overwhelmed? Admit it and accept it. If you need a break, you should take it too, otherwise it can happen that the horror becomes more intense and forces you to feel down.
Tip 3 - Accept the low mood and do not fight against it
Grab a book, skype with your mom, look at something funny on TV or on your tablet - the main thing is that you're trying to do something that gives you joy and, above all, peace.
Tip 4 - Have goals but do not cling to them stubbornly
Who has a goal in mind knows where to go. Nevertheless, you should not stubbornly cling to the its implementation, but give yourself the opportunity to redistribute them, which will grant more freedom and better planning. It is better to recharge your batteries for the first time and then get on the road again with fresh courage.
Tip 5 - Write a journal
Some people are more willing to talk to their family and friends at home, while others prefer to keep their thoughts to themselves. In any case, it helps to write down the fears or doubts in a diary. Ask yourself why these thoughts occupy you.
Sometimes the problem can be solved by looking for another hotel or changing location. Advantages of writing it down: what has been written down and changed, can easily be changed and checked off and the dream vacation can finally start.
Tip 6 - Talk to somebody
One should not make the mistake and hide completely. A few days may be ok, but then you should start talking to others. The exchange of words and relaxed conversations take the power from the culture shock. You'll find you're not alone with that, which in turn means what the others are doing, you can do that too! Free yourself from the culture shock and enjoy your stay!