As any adoptee. Many who are adopted inside their own Country are able to get to where they came from a little bit easier than those who are adopted overseas. There is never a perfect time and nobody can answer that but yourself.
We have some tips below that can help you get to where you want to go. Many adoptees travel just to visit where they came from and many go to meet their Birth Parents. Experiencing the culture is always an incredible thing to do!
If you are planning to visit your Birth Country if you are adopted from overseas make sure you have everything ready.
At the end of each day it is always good to copy any photos off that you had taken. Upload these to a dropbox account at the end of each day if you are connected to the internet or copy them onto a USB Stick. You don’t want to lose these! If you don’t take any computers you can always find a few public places around which can help. On my trip I also had Google Translate by my side. This would help with any useful and quick translations. It was a life saver. Though I now can say a bit in Russian this was always useful. Having a translator with you is also a very good thing to plan in advance. You may struggle with the language barrier but you could be okay if you are in a huge city, but always pays to have someone there who can translate.
You might even decide to make a travel experience out of it. My friend decided to buy a motorbike with help from Superbike Loans and went travelling around his birth country of Morocco for 3 weeks. This could be a great way to see your birth country and a very fulfilling and enjoyable way to spend a month or so of your life. But travels like this take a lot of planning and thinking ahead so don’t rush into it!
– Alex Gilbert
Founder & Russian-Kiwi Adoptee