“A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents’ culture. The third culture kid builds relationships to all the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the third culture kid’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of the same background, other TCKs.” – Ruth Van Reken
One of the more interesting life habits that develops from being a third culture kid, an international traveler, a global citizen, etc. is your social life depends on the Internet, which has no physical boundaries.
I just spoke to a friend in Washington over Facebook chat. I regularly catch up with friends from Oregon via Skype. I talk to one of my best friends in Canada everyday using WhatsApp. Third culture kids are human who were pulled together from different cultures around the world, so their friends are all over the world, too.
Here are some tools you can use to keep in touch with your wanderlust friends as well.
- KakaoTalk – Korea
- LINE – Japan
- WhatsApp – Philippines
- Viber – not sure which country this is most popular in
- And of course, Skype
I encourage anyone with a quality friend who lives far away to remain friends despite the distance. I can assure you that a good friend in a different country is a better time investment than a nearby “friend” of convenience. Friends in other countries can keep you grounded, keep your wanderlust alive, and continue to introduce you to new ways of thinking.