FINDING A PLACE TO STAY IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY
I hope you all had a great weekend! My weekend was super busy. Lots of running for an assembly I had to attend on Sunday. If you know anything about me I tend to wait until the last minute to get everything together for any special event that I have to attend. I’ve gotten better. Believe me I was much worse. Everything worked out though. I had a great time!
Because I took such a long break from blogging and last year was so monumental the next few blog posts will be all about Nicaragua. I’ll discuss the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ll also share some travel tips that I think will be beneficial for you out there who are considering visiting and/or moving to a foreign country. First and foremost we’ll talk about finding a place to stay in a foreign country……
Finding an apartment in Granada (the city I lived in in Nicaragua) required no effort on my part. My roommate is actually the one who got the apartment, with no intentions of having someone live with her. Every time I think about that fact it cracks me up. Anyway she found the apartment on Craigslist. When I wasn’t sure if I was going to be living with someone checking on Craigslist didn’t even cross my mind. So if you’re staying in a foreign country for an extended period of time I would definitely suggest checking there. I know sometimes Craigslist gets a bad rep but it really does have some hidden gems on there. Another option is checking out AirBnB. They have TONS of options. Not only for a short visit but also for renting long term. The good thing about AirBnB is that most of the places come already furnished. All you have to do is move in and you’re set. What’s great about both of them is that you can get in contact with the owners and talk to them about any concerns you might have. I know in Nicaragua a lot of the people that owned places were either Canadian or American so language wasn’t a barrier. Of course I can’t say that for every part of the world so knowing someone who speaks the language of the country that you’re visiting or becoming familiar with the language yourself is always beneficial. Not only is getting in contact with the owners great but it’s also nice that both of those sites tells you the area that you’ll be staying in. It would be good to look up the area. You don’t want to stay in a super nice apartment/house that’s situated in a not so great neighborhood. If you know someone in that country ask them to check out the area for you! You want to be as comfortable as possible.
Another suggestion is making sure you make the place your own. My roommate and I put a lot of time and money into the apartment we lived in. We put up curtains, bought pillows, little pieces of pottery for the living room and dining room tables, and even had our little section in the back laid with concrete so we could have a place to chill out in hammocks in.
Cute right?! I think it’s super important to make your place your own. Especially if you’re gone for an extended amount of time. Put up pictures of your friends and family. Add some candles or other decorative pieces that you like. Bring home with you. It’s important to do so. It can be hard to adjust to a new culture, a new language and just a new way of living. Your home should be your haven. It’s up to you to create an environment where it feels like such!
I learned a lot in the months that I not only lived in Nicaragua but also the time that I spent preparing for my stay there. I’m excited to share even more! I’ll talk to you guys Friday!