Embracing life in a new country with Kate Reynolds

Conversations with Wanderlusters...Interview series.

Join me as I wander into the lives and minds of Wanderlusters. They share with me their travel stories, navigating their return home and stepping into an inspired adventures life.

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Kate supports and coaches courageous women to create the life they deserve when they relocate to a brand new city or country. Her first international move was to Qatar, where she lived for over 5 years and now lives in Australia for the last 2 years. 

Kate is passionate about helping other women who are planning a move, just moved or even beyond and who want to start creating the life that they want to lead. Kate is a life coach with a difference. 

What were the 'stand out' moments of your travels?

International intercultural experience, both in the Middle East and in Australia. I started my career working in the airline industry as Cabin Crew. That experience provided me with the opportunity to visit some amazing countries. Working as Cabin Crew, started my love for travel. 

When I worked in Qatar, I visited some great countries on holiday. I do have to say I love America, Asia and now Australia! I am truly blessed to have visited some wonderful places in my time. Despite being in another English speaking country now, both are very different. Low times, isolation, fear of the unknown and homesickness at times.  

What challenges did you face when returning home?

Life had moved on without me, and in some respects, I did realise why I had left in the first place.

I realised that I changed a lot, my personality, with my time living overseas and I was not the same person. I had not lived in my hometown for many years. My family always say “I’ve got the travel bug”. 

What emotions and feelings did you experience upon returning home?

I was excited to see everyone and then felt sadness for leaving for my international life. I'd changed as a person and therefore lack common ground and interests with old friends.

I think it’s important not to be too hard on yourself when you do return home after travelling. I learnt to embrace the feeling of home and be open-minded to what travels where in the future. We never know what is ahead. I loved seeing the family and friends who I had not seen before. 

What strategies did you use to move through this phase after returning home? 

Socialising, taking time out, reading, walking, and learning to get used to my surroundings again. Plan the next move.

Everyone is different when they move home after travels, however, I think it is important to surround yourself with like-minded travellers who understand how you are feeling. When you do return home, you are starting a new chapter of your life, and with a new chapter comes the need for new goals to work towards. Having new goals with action steps helps you to stay focused on what you want to achieve when you return home. 

How did your travels inspire your next steps? 

I moved again, this time to Australia. However, overall, I feel that my travels so far in my life have taught me to embrace new cultures and be aware of how big the world really is and how different we all are. You can never change another culture, however, you can learn to embrace it. 

Your biggest lesson learned from travels and returning home? 

Start networking online with new friends in your home area before returning. I think we often think we don't need to do this as we are returning to old life! However, I feel surrounding yourself with like-minded people is important. As I mentioned having new goals to work towards increases your motivation when you start fitting into life back home. 

What mindset shifts changed for you after travel and returning home? 

I changed when I was away and I think I only realised that when I returned home. I have realised that my travels both within the airline industry and relocating have made me be more aware that I am unique. I am proud of the person I am today and the experience I have that can inspire and help others. 

What advice would you give others to prepare for re-entry/reverse culture shock? 

Understand that it is a process, the ups and downs will follow. Information is power, learn how culture shock is a process and understand the stages that may follow. I love helping clients with culture shock. Culture shock is a journey. 

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Stay strong, and surround yourself with others that understand what it is like! Support Network is crucial. Plus, work towards new goals to keep your inspiration and motivation levels high. And, remember you’re not alone help is available. 

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