It’s a huge jump from the mountainous, tropical regions of New Zealand to the rainy and wet climate of the UK and many New Zealanders have trouble getting used to it. Before setting off to the UK, here’s what you can do to make sure your stay will make you feel right at home!
Do some research on your own
Before your trip to the UK, plan out what you would like to do and where would you like to visit. Depending on your visit (for business, travel, or living), you may want to explore the local area you plan to stay at. Simply googling what you are looking for should provide you with many great results. Finding the best local pub, restaurant or any local attractions is a piece of cake.
Additionally, you can visit Instagram, type in your area with a hashtag and see pictures people have posted from their trips as well. It is also important to know how to commute as well. Not all places will have double-decker busses and tube stations, so make sure to plan out how to get around your area.
Get in touch with the locals
You probably have a great idea of what you would like to see and do, but learning what the locals have to say would be wise. If you are planning on staying for some time, look for groups of New Zealanders that are living in the UK through Facebook. They are easy to find – simply search for group names such as “kiwis in the UK” and you’re off to a great start.
Once you’ve joined one or multiple groups, post a few questions, such as what restaurants they recommend, things to do and even meet up with other New Zealanders. This gives you the perfect opportunity to not only make new friends, but also get familiar with your area without having to go through the trouble of frantically searching for things to do.
Be adventurous and try something new
Whether you’re in the UK for business, recreational purposes, or planning on moving to the area, during your visit you’ll most definitely be tempted to try something new. It is important to keep an open mind during travels, and tours are perfect to help you find the best places to visit.
Local tours come in a variety, ranging from food tours and alcohol tasting to group sightseeing adventures. You’ll not only try local foods and drink, but will also learn about the best things your area has to offer. Instead of looking for New Zealand dishes or drinks, be open and try something new – you never know what you’ll find unless you try it!
If you plan on moving to the UK or staying for an extended period of time (longer than a few months) you will more than likely have to be adventurous. Trying local foods and drinks is one way, but besides this, you should introduce yourself to the neighbours. It will not only look good on your part, but you may meet some interesting locals and even though your stay may not be permanent, you might make a friend for life. Plus, they most likely would know what’s there to do in the area.
If you plan on working in the UK, introducing yourself to coworkers would have the same effect – and who knows, they may share the same interests and you’ll have a companion for hanging out with.
Article written by Juliusz – beauty business blogger at Versum salon and spa software