Moving can be a daunting experience for anyone, no matter how many times he or she has moved or how organized the individual is. This should not come as a surprise – mental health professionals have proven that moving is one of the most stressful experiences anyone will ever go through and it has been likened to going through a divorce or death in the family. This is why so many people are reluctant to move. Packing and cleaning can be daunting tasks for anyone after all. Then there is the fact that you will probably have to adjust to a new environment. Whether this is a new home down the road, town or even country does not take away from the fact that adjusting is tough.
If you have decided to move to another country you are in for the most stress and everything you experience with regards to moving will be far more acute. No need to worry, here at we care about more than just getting your belongings safely across to your new home, we want you to be happy and do well when it comes to adjusting and dealing with the stress of moving. Want to know how to make the most of a rather stressful situation? Keep reading...
Most people hated homework at school and did it as quickly as they could. Assuming you managed to pass and get to wherever you are in your career, this is fine. However, when it comes to doing something as dramatic as moving to another country, you need to do your homework and not slack off. Find out as much as you can about the country you are moving to. Everything from the currency, industry and what people do for fun is important, this is very important. The more you know about the country you are moving to, the less likely you are to be surprised by things you are not familiar with (think of customs and the like). The best place to find this kind of information is through forums dedicated to expat living in a particular county. With the rise of social media, Facebook is a great place to start looking for this kind of information - pages and groups are where your go-to here. By getting in touch with other people in your situation you are creating a support group for when you arrive.
Okay, so this is probably one of the most important things you will do in preparation for your move. You need to find a reputable company to move your belongings to your new home. The best way to find a trustworthy shipping company is to check their references and reputation. Reputation is about more than price but includes the all important customer service aspect as well an organization’s ability to deliver your belongings intact and on time. While one cannot predict the weather and the sea in particular is notorious for this kind of behaviour so it is important to remember that accidents do happen. The easiest way to find out what type of reputation a shipping company has is once again to go online. Customer complaint websites are a fantastic source of information as is the company’s official Facebook page (just change the settings to see posts by everyone instead of just the company). Also do a search for them on Twitter for more information.
Moving to another country is one of the most exciting experiences you can ever have. Living in another country is very different from simply passing through as a tourist. Go in with an open mind and be willing to learn as much as possible. This attitude will come across to locals who are more likely to be helpful when it comes to basic queries (and trust me, there will be plenty of these in the first few months).
This will definitely happen at some point in the first year, normally after the first few months when the honeymoon phase has worn off. This is why you need to be on those forums mentioned in Tip #1. Other expats will be able to help you through this period and not pack up and run home when things become a little daunting. Once the homesickness period has passed you should be a well adjusted member of the country you have decided to call home
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