So let’s be honest here. Despite how excited I am to be heading out on my own, in Paris none the less, the idea of it is still terrifying. I know I’m ready to start my own life, but change is always hard! Here I wanted to include some tips for staying excited about big changes, things I have been doing to get through the tougher aspect of moving. I hope you enjoy, and find this post helpful!
Tip #1: Get excited! I have been non-stop reading up about Paris. I’ve looked up places to shop, great places to eat, museums to see, and am already planning photo shoots/blog post ideas. If you have something to look forward too, you’ll be more excited to get there.
Tip #2: Prepare early! I’m not leaving for another 3 weeks, yet I’ve already started packing. Once you start the process, you’ll quickly realize just how intimidating it is. I keep on worrying I’m going to forget something or pack the wrong things, and I’m not even close to getting on the plane. Also, packing early will help you decide what you still need to buy (or possibly what to stop buying).
Tip #3: Figure out the details before you arrive. Book hotels (if needed), figure out your finances, and more technical stuff such as cell phone plans and health insurance. You’ll thank yourself when you arrive! Once you arrive at your destination, you can focus on adapting to life and your own feelings/anxieties the first few days.
Tip #4: Familiarize yourself with the people and the culture. If the place you’re going speaks a different language, start learning! Culture shock will happen no matter what, but at least you’ll be better prepared this way. Don’t stress too much though, a lot will fall in place once you arrive. For example, I’m worried about getting lost in the city, before I’ve even stepped into it! This is unnecessary, most likely things will be totally fine once I arrive.
Tip #5: Enjoy the ride! Everything will fall into place, and get the most out of your new and exciting experience.
Thank you so much for reading! I am so excited about all of the changes coming up in the next few months, and I hope you find the parts of it that I share on here interesting!