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Coping (and Thriving) with Loneliness Abroad
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So as you’d expect, living the nomad life with my partner has been quite the journey, and like all things, not always smooth sailing. Loneliness and feeling like a stranger in a foreign place can hit hard. But don’t let that stop you, I’ve got some practical tips that have been a game-changer for me when I was living abroad for the first time.

1. Video Calls are a Lifesaver

Being far away from friends and family is tough. To help bridge the gap, schedule regular FaceTime chats. Seeing familiar faces and catching up can make all the difference. Share your adventures and lean on your loved ones; it’s important to feel like you have a piece of home with you.

2. Join Fitness Classes and Clubs

Don’t stay cooped up. Join local clubs or classes that align with your interests. Whether it’s a fitness class, a book club, or a cooking workshop, it’s a great way to meet people who share your passions and break free from loneliness. When we lived in Scotland I joined a local CrossFit gym and immediately started building connections. This helped me feel like I was setting up a life for myself.

3. Embrace New Experiences and Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Living abroad is all about pushing boundaries, right?? Embrace this opportunity to attend local sporting events, festivals, and shows to immerse yourself in the culture. Strike up conversations with locals and maybe even fellow nomads; you might be surprised at the friendships that can be formed.

4. Connect with Others Living the Same Lifestyle with Online Communities and Meet-ups

With the digital nomad life becoming more attractive than ever, there are tons of online communities and local meet-up groups filled with like-minded people. Check out platforms like Meetup or Facebook groups to find events in your area. These gatherings not only help you make friends but also offer valuable insights into the local scene and you can learn tips from nomad pros!

5. Lean on Your Partner

Having a supportive partner who shares your nomadic desires can be a lifeline. Support each other during lonely times and encourage open conversation with how you’re feeling. Together, is way better to take on the challenges that come with life on the road.

To be honest, loneliness and isolation are just part of the nomadic package. Embrace the season, cherish the moments, and stay connected – both with your roots back home and the world around you. It’s all part of the ride! 🌍🌟✈️