Feel at home in any country

Immersing yourself in local culture is the best way to make the most of your travels

Follow the rules

Find out the dos and don’ts for each country before you travel: Remember tipping customs also differ from country to country and you should try and respect them.


Join an online community like Travel-Me to share your experiences and get advice on your destination.


Make friends

Have a seat in a bar and study your map quietly, or ask the locals if they can recommend places to visit. In many countries, people enjoy telling travelers all about their country, so forget your fears and strike up a conversation. Learn and use basic words in the local language – people really appreciate the effort.

Take time to explore the less touristy areas, but follow the safety advice from the UK Government.

For more information on each country or for administrative issues, contact your embassy in the country – you can find it on GoAbroad.com.


Adapted by European Youth Portal

6 thoughts on “Feel at home in any country

  1. Good job! I am from Bulgaria and I am currently a first-year student in the Netherlands. In the beginning I struggled with integrating myself into the Dutch culture, but soon enough I got past that problem by using techniques, similar to the ones mentioned in the article. My advice for people who would like to live in the Netherlands is to try to be social and have fun. Dutch people are generally very open-mindend and communicative and find foreigners interesting , so making friends is not a problem at all!

  2. Hey! I join the others who commented. Currently I’m on exchange in Germany – it is definitely different from what you hear about it. Most people have prejudices and prefer not to think out of the box, so often they won’t try to get to know the locals and following won’t get into the atmosphere of the place. There is a difference between a tourist and a traveller and for me it’s about your perspective on foreign cultures – tourists see it as an attraction, as a point on their check-list while travellers see it as a human interaction, something which can’t be described but only experienced. I believe there are many Europeans who wish to travel more, so it’s a nice idea to make such a platform for sharing experience and giving insider tips 🙂


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