FAQ: What Is Culture Shock?

FAQ: Preparing to Go

What should I bring?

What are the restrictions and guidelines for admissible items on airplanes?

Is there anything that I should not bring into my destination country?

Where is my Embassy?

How much luggage can I bring?

What is culture shock?

Travel Warnings

Can I avoid culture shock?

What is culture shock?

  • Culture shock is a physical and emotional response to the change of situation, culture, and climate that you may undergo while travelling and upon arrival in your new country of residence.
  • Culture shock has four basic stages: the initial excitement and elation of travelling and starting a new career; the inevitable let down which can involve feelings ranging from irritability and homesickness to preoccupations with health and insomnia; an adjustment to the host culture; and finally acceptance and even biculturalism.
  • However, you should be aware that individuals deal with each stage differently, and these stages can come and go throughout your entire trip.