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8 Best Ways To Handle A Country With Four Seasons

What is your favorite season?

To be honest, I can’t really choose.

With butterflies and golden daffodils in Spring; a warm sunrise and outdoor dining in Summer; colour-changing leaves accompanied with crisp, cool air in Autumn; and sipping pumpkin spice latte in cozy knitwear in Winter – all four seasons have their own appeal!

Study abroad to experience all seasons in a year. 

If you’re curious about what it’s like living in a country with four seasons, I advise you to study abroad.

The reason is simple: you get the best of FOUR seasons in a country!

Some study abroad destinations that have four seasons are: Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, certain parts of the United States, and more. You can check out some of our study abroad programs here.

Moving to another country to study abroad is fun and all, but one can easily get distracted by the excitement and end up straying from the most important part – the preparation.

Before we begin, here are some bite-sized facts about the four seasons that you shouldn’t miss!

        1. The correct order of the seasons is: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
        2. Spring starts when day and night are at the same length.
        3. Thunderstorms are more frequent in Summer.
        4. The days can get shorter in Autumn.
        5. When Winter comes, about 10% of the world’s species hibernate.

Moving to a four-season country needs thorough planning and commitment. Here’s some of the things to consider before you study abroad!

Be Clear About The Weather 

Identify the season or even the weather on the date of your arrival. You don’t want to be fully packed with winter gear when you’re two weeks shy of Spring. It will be a literal hot mess!

Mobile applications such as Weather Underground and MyRadar Weather Radar can accurately inform you about the weather of your current location. Keeping up to date with the weather can really make a difference, especially if there is a storm coming your way!

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Hurricane Hound, Natural Disaster Monitor, and Disaster Alert can send warnings regarding hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. These apps will come in handy if you’re living in natural disaster-prone countries, so make sure to have at least one of them downloaded!

Know What You’re Bringing

I was today years old when I found out that there are more than nine types of outerwear.

Coming from Malaysia, a tropical country, I only know one type of outerwear. And I call it..a jacket.

So, when I had to choose a specific outerwear among parkas, pea coats, trench coats, duffel coats, windbreakers, and bomber jackets, you can imagine my confusion.

And then comes the footwear – ankle boots, leather boots, snow boots, rain boots, waterproof boots – I lost count.

Just be sure to know the type of clothing that best suits the season and weather of the country you’re going to.

Your Wardrobe Changes According To Season 

Time to whip out your Fashion Week styles with the seasons and weather as your fashion consultant.

If you’re a fashion lover, you will enjoy the thrill of dressing up in completely different styles in a country with four seasons. Imagine embracing your Hot Girl Summer in Summer, putting on cute floral dresses in Spring, and showing off the collection of outerwear you have in Autumn and Winter.

Layer Your Clothing Well In Winter 

As the saying goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. It is best to observe the locals and what they wear, regardless of your study abroad destination.

Girl in thick winter clothes under the snow. 

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Layering up during Winter is crucial as it helps to maintain your core body heat. Here’s how to effectively layer up to stay warm despite the freezing cold:

  • Start with a regular, snug-fitting undershirt. (e.g. T-shirts, tank-tops, long-sleeved T-shirts)
  • Put on a thin mid-layer. Wool or polyester, or a combination of the two will suffice.
  • Wear an outerwear of your choice, according to how cold or windy it is. Top it off with a waterproof layer.
  • For your lower body, put on inner leggings or runner’s tights before your ordinary pants.
  • If the weather is frigid, keep your hands and feet warm by wearing gloves and insulated boots. Put on a cloth face mask for the extra warmth.

I had lived in Korea for four months for a Winter Student Exchange Program, and bought most of my winter clothing according to the advice of my Korean friends. Needless to say, I managed to stay warm and comfortable without looking like a fashion disaster.

They’ve lived there all their lives, so listening to their advice is a smart move!

‘Sunny’ Is Just A Figure of Speech 

Sorry to disappoint, but sunniness does not guarantee a warm day.

In temperate countries where the weather is not excessively hot or cold, you can still feel the chill. The sun is mere decoration in the sky. Even sea temperatures can be cold despite the so-called summer – you can bid your swimsuit goodbye.

If there’s one good thing about it, it’s that you’ll never take the warmth of the sun for granted.

Spring Is The Best Season  

If there’s anything to prepare for Spring, it’s a good camera and picnic supplies.

It is the best time for a picnic or a photoshoot session with friends because everywhere is the perfect background for an Insta-worthy post!

Girl posing on top of red flowers. Image source: Pexels

With the perfect balance of warm and cool weather, flowers in bloom and extra hours of daylight, and not to forget, Easter – there’s nothing to dislike about Spring.

Even jogging feels like a sightseeing tour in a garden of flowers when it’s Springtime!

Embrace The Beautiful Mess of Autumn 

Autumns can get messy.

But hear me out – it’s such a beautiful mess that you’d forgive the heaps of leaves that you have to sweep every day.

It can be frustrating when you have to clean the yard daily, only to find a new batch of leaves eagerly covering it up again. But there’s something about the streaks of red, yellow, and orange decorating the pavement that feels so magical. The whole neighborhood just looks like a fairytale town!

So, be prepared for a leafy mess, or embrace the beauty of it just like I do. 🙂

Summer And Winter Sales Are The Best 

If you want to save big bucks, Summer and Winter sales will satisfy the shopaholic in you. They are both HUGE events in European countries, and other countries are also hopping on the trend.

Guy holding shopping bags. 

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Once you get used to life in a four-season country, you will find yourself anticipating these two sales as much as the locals do. Besides, your wallet will thank you for your patience, because there will be up to 50% percent discount on clothes, electrical appliances, gadgets, and even luxury goods! 

Have a destination in mind but still haven’t chosen a course and university? Let us help you. Just hit us up at [email protected] or +60 11-2069 9087, and our consultants will guide you through your study abroad journey! 

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Jocelyn Cheng

Jocelyn Cheng

Jocelyn Cheng (JC) is an INFP writer seeking to spread inspiration and spark connections through her words. Her dedication to writing has gifted her with an ability to write for multiple platforms (e.g., website, social media, newspaper, magazine, etc) in different fields, namely Education, Travel, and Lifestyle. JC personalizes her works by adding a touch of her own experience into the mix whenever she can to relate to her readers. A self-proclaimed poet and currently a freelance writer, she's working on an untitled poetry book at home while juggling between writing for Eduloco, dancing, and keeping her only plant alive.

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