If you thought moving to another house was complicated, try moving to another country. Moving to another country can be stressful and overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. It can also be a wonderful and exciting time of your life if you plan ahead. Here are some tips on making your move to another country a smoother transition.
1. Get familiar with the culture- Try doing some research of the culture of the people that you will be living in. You can look up articles online, buy books, and go to restaurants to get yourself familiar. You can also read a local newspaper about the area you will be living in. This will get you familiar with what is happening and how people live. As a result, you will reduce the chance of culture shock can make the move much smoother.
2. Sign up for a language class- If you are unfamiliar with the language you can sign up for a class before you move. If you are strapped for time you can take an online course. There are also books with CD’s available at local book stores if you want to take it with you to the new country you be moving to. Language classes are helpful because you’ll not only develop linguistic skills but you can also meet like- minded people.
3. Use a rental service when shopping for your first place to live- This may cost you a bit more than finding a place on your own, but the time you save will be worth it. You can explain to them exactly what you are looking for. They can also fill you in on tips and unforeseen expenses that may occur if you didn’t know better like street parking, trash costs, and neighborhood conveniences.
4. Plan Ahead- Much of moving related stress comes from being unorganized. There are some tips on being organized like keeping a to-do list, making a list of contacts, and trying to do as much as possible before moving. That way once you get there you can focus more on enjoying yourself and less stressed.
5. Pick one or two of your favorite items-Whether it’s your favorite t-shirt or a stuffed animal your grandmother gave you, taking a little piece of home with you. This will help you feel better and remind you of fond memories to make the transition smoother. And let’s face it who doesn’t love a cute stuffed animal.
6. Start to create contacts in the country you are moving to- In every country there are usually other ex-pats that have gone through your same experience. It’s a good idea to check out forums and search for clubs or communities. This will enable you to make acquaintances or friends with people who can help you settle into a new country. You can also contact an organizations that helps people out with moving to a new country.
7. Have fun- Most importantly have fun. Will it be stressful at times? Of course, but the experience that you have will make it all worth it .You will remember this once in a life opportunity for the rest of your life. So sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride!