Adapting to a new cuisine overseas

Moving to a new country is an incredibly exciting experience, but adapting to a new way of life can also be a challenge. One key area many Australians struggle with is food, especially if the country they’ve moved to has a particularly exotic cuisine. Take a look at these top tips on how to cope:

Research before you leave

The internet is a wonderful thing and will have plenty of information about cuisines all over the world. By looking into the kinds of foods locals eat on a regular basis, you can be better prepared and maybe even try your hand at a few recipes while still in Australia. Make sure you learn the names of different dishes to avoid any unwelcome surprises – particularly if you have specific dietary requirements.

Get involved

It might be tempting to take a step back and skirt around all the fabulous new dishes on offer and stick to eating fries, but the best way to adapt is to try new things. It’s best to start small and eat foods you have some familiarity with, but eventually, you’ll feel more comfortable being adventurous. Eating local is also much more cost-effective in the long term, as sourcing food to make Australian meals can be pricey as they’ll be rarer and harder to come by.

There’s no need to go cold turkey

Just because you’re committing to immersing yourself in a new culture doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the food from back home every once in a while. If there are certain cupboard staples you just can’t live without, pack them into your suitcase before leaving. It’s also important to treat yourself, especially when feeling homesick. If you want to avoid getting into bad habits, cook up an Australian meal and invite new friends or neighbours over to sample the food and use it as a way to bond with your newfound community.

For advice on expat living or submitting your Australian tax return, get in touch with our team at Expat Tax today.

Shane Macfarlane
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Shane Macfarlane

CEO & Founder at Expat Tax Services
Shane's an Australian Chartered Accountant and Australian expat tax specialist who's also an expat himself (based in Asia).Shane's passionate about tax and legitimate tax minimisation, tax-planning and structuring, particularly as it relates to Australian expats who are often subject to high rates of tax back home in Australia.
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