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As you travel the world, you might hear about the many real and perceived flaws of Americans and America. You have to give Americans credit for one thing, though, between fast food, Amazon Now same day delivery, and on-demand entertainment, America rewrote the rules for service. The rest of the world, though, isn't in quite the rush. A thread on Reddit asked:
What's the #1 tip you would give to someone who wants to move abroad?
Because it's social media, there was more than one tip, but the original poster shared a story about patience. The example given was that it took a month to get a stove repaired in Germany. Most of the commenters noted that this example was extreme, but we concur that when dealing with other cultures, patience is certainly a virtue. The number one complaint all international movers receive is the amount of time it takes to receive a shipment. Movers don't benefit from keeping a shipment longer than necessary. Most of the time, the hold up is in the destination country. Employees in many countries lack the sense of urgency that seems to have become part of Americans' DNA. Of course, the slower pace of life is one of the reasons we move abroad, right?
Patience wasn't the only lesson Reddit expats shared, though
Another poster reminded travelers to keep at least one credit card open. The user didn't do that and after returning from overseas, had no credit whatsoever. They had to restart with a secured credit card.
Here are some other great tips:
Be open to learning at least a little bit of the local language. For the most part, people will cut you some slack if you're learning and it shows respect.