Change is inevitable and you can’t escape it. You may have to move to another country for a new job, study or to change your current way of life. While living in a new country can be full of excitement and positive experiences, there will be some difficulties along the way.
Here are some tips to make your settling in a new country easier:
- Plan Ahead
Before you move, make sure you know what you need when you arrive and try to prepare as much as you can before you leave. It’s best to do a research about some important places in your new place to make sure that you have a pleasant stay. Once you arrived in your new country, you can start doing some of the most important tasks such as opening a bank account, registering for a school or renting a car.
- Learn The Language
If you have moved to a country where the first language is not English then learning the local tongue really will help a lot. It is a good idea to try and pick up the basics before you move, and then at least you won’t be completely overwhelmed by the change. Improving your language skill will not only help you appreciate local cultures and people, but will make life much easier.
- Join Expat Forums & Make New Friends
It’s not always easy to meet new people, regardless of where you are, but having a social life that you are used to and people you can call on in a time of need are vital to feeling at home in your new country. Joining an expat group, volunteering your time, or becoming a member of clubs that appeal to your interests can all help you develop a network of friends. Local expat groups, internet forums, friends, or colleagues can all be an excellent source of information and advice, but if you’re still not sure consider seeking professional help.
- Expect The Unexpected
Be realistic about life in a new country but expect the unexpected. You may experience emotional extremes, from loving your new environment and enjoying everything new, or have bouts of homesickness and frustration with some aspects of life. While the initial phases can be the hardest, you’re realistically going to experience some mixed feelings over the years, at times, as you face different challenges in a new environment. The enduring benefit is that during the transitional process you will likely grow as you discover how to adapt and thrive.
- Keep In Touch With Friends & Family
Keeping in touch with your friends and family is especially important if you are moving alone. Even amidst the excitement of the move, a new home in a foreign country can all too soon become a lonely place. To help ensure that you avoid any loneliness, don’t be too proud to call your family or friends to have a chat. Modern technology and social media make it so easy for you to communicate with the people you love in your hometown.
- Understand The Local Customs
Nothing can cause embarrassment quite as much as not understanding local customs. For example, difficult cultures have different ways to introduce and behave in social situations from greetings, to meal times and saying goodbye. While most people will be forgiving if you’re not aware of the cultures, you can ensure that you’re not left feeling embarrassed for not following typical customs by researching in advance.