Moving abroad can be one of the most exciting and daunting prospects for any of us, the thought of making new friends and attending beach parties or experiencing a different kind of culture than back home.. It sets the heart racing with the excitement! But what is equally scary is the thought of getting a flight alone, trying to make new friends, finding a job, missing friends and family AND WHERE CAN I BUY MY FAVOURITE FOOD?!?! So can we get some tips from someone who has been there and done it? Problems she experienced or things she wished she knew before moving abroad or tips on how to settle in? Let’s find out!
- Do your research
Moving abroad is probably one of the biggest decisions you will ever make ( apart from getting married) which is why as anything in life you need to do your research first. And by research I mean you need to have enough information to answer your own question why do I want to go there? Do I know/ want to learn the language spoken there, is the climate nice, do I have future opportunities to work, settle in there? Choose wisely… no pressure.
- Make a decision
Research is one thing overthinking is another, sometimes you just need to go for it. Any change is exciting and if you have come to the point where you want to move than chances are this is the right decision for you.
- Start getting excited and be brave
Fortune favours the brave. A tattoo I might have, but truth be told the decisions we take out of our comfort zone are usually the best ones. Moving away from the family and friends you have had your whole life is a stressful decision and comes with a lot of doubts, but instead of worrying start getting excited about the new journey ahead of you!
- Finding a new place
And plan it good. Booking your flat/ house ahead of time will save you a lot of stress when it comes to fitting in your new surroundings. Plan it well, check out the areas in your new destination that people usually enjoy, locals advices are always a good guideline!
- Exploring the culture
This would probably be the best part of your new experience. What can this new world show/ teach you about its traditions, history, art, culture, cuisine? Do a checklist of things you want to see, places you want to visit, foods you want to try and go for it! Make the most of your new home and make every minute there worthwhile.
- Think like a local
After getting a taste of the culture of your new surroundings the next step would be to try to integrate. Try to learn the language ( if you are already not speaking it), make some new friends who have been here long enough to show you and teach you the ways of the city.
- Accept this as your new home
This is the final and most important step in your journey of moving abroad. Chances are you are far away from home right now. There are times when you miss your friends, you miss your family, it takes a while for you to adapt and that’s ok! The real change, the true moment when you start enjoying your move abroad starts with you calling your new flat, you probably just filled up with furniture from a few trips to IKEA .. home.