Within a year I’ve been to the North Atlantic and the South Pacific in 3 different countries!
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Nova Scotia, Canada
Glover’s Reef, Belize
And, the craziest thing is that every time I went to the ocean in those country I forgot which country I was in for a moment.
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And, I’m not exactly sure why I always gravitate to the beach in new countries because when I was younger, I used to dislike the beach and the ocean. But, the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve come to actually love it.
And, I think that it’s because I grew up near the ocean, so it subconsciously makes me feel at home, which helps me overcome culture shock.
And, since my brain subconsciously relates the ocean to home, I subconsciously end up near one wherever I am in the world because it’s the one place that never really (drastically) changes around the world.
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And, I think that’s one of the keys to overcoming culture shock; Finding something that reminds you of home & comfort.
Whatever it may be, it will help you realize that this new country isn’t all new and scary.
It will help you find the good in the country and make you feel more comfortable because you won’t feel so out of place and far from home.
Finding comfort in:
The sound of waves, the sand on my feet, and the smell of the salty sea air is my place of comfort in a new country.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to remember to not be afraid of culture shock because it is one of the best reasons to travel. (here’s why: Don’t underestimate it!
And, if you find something comfortable in a new country, it will diminish your fears and worries, and, you might even start to feel at home in this new, unknown country, which will make your experience even better!