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Cultural Adaptation and Travel Psychology and Personality Types (and Quizzes)

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Tips on how to deal with culture shock and successfully adapt to different cultures worldwide for expats and long-term travelers over 50.

As part of my research for my blogs and seminars over the past 15 years, I have talked to over 300 American and Canadian expats in Mexico, Central America (particularly Costa Rica), Europe (mainly Italy), and Thailand. These expats generally are happy they made the move but found both the challenges and the benefits of living abroad vastly different than expected.

By far the biggest issue I had while traveling around the world as a younger man was culture shock. It even resulted in me making some major decisions, most of which I regret in retrospect. In my experience, many people suffer from culture shock while traveling around the world or living abroad but most don’t even know they are suffering from culture shock.

During my five years traveling around the world. I occasionally suffered from mild travel burnout. Only once did I truly want to stop sightseeing for awhile. Why didn’t sightseeing ever really exhaust me? Because over time I have learned how to appreciate every place’s architecture, history, and beauty. However, sightseeing fatigue seems commonplace among other long-term travelers because they don’t have enough background to appreciate what they are seeing and don’t try to mix fun experiences into their sightseeing experiences.