Creating a New Life as an Expat
We know that making the move abroad is a big step and even after initial move there is a period of acclimatisation. Here are a few of our top tips on making the transition into a new life abroad a little easier:
Have realistic expectations
Don’t set the bar too high; for both the reality of the new life you have started or for your ability to acclimatise and settle into it. The differences of the new situation will be overwhelming but with time you will learn to work around any unforeseen difficulties.
Schedule a rendez-vous
For many, leaving friends and family is the greatest strain of moving abroad. Make a point of setting dates and making plans to meet up with those that are closest to you. It will be easier if you have these plans in the pipeline; so it is more of an ‘Au Revoir’ than a ‘Goodbye.’
Even for the most gregarious, stating again in a new country can be a lonely experience. Trying to build new friendships is of vital importance to increase the likelihood of you settling and remaining inn your new location. Building networks and integrating is important. Get out into the local community by signing up for a new hobby or volunteering at a charity etc.
Invest in language lessons
Even if the destination you move to is predominantly English speaking, having just a basic command of the local language is really worthwhile. The locals will appreciate the effort you have made even if your grasp of the vocabulary is rudimentary. Partaking in language lessons also opens you up to meeting expats in a similar situation, which could in turn increase the opportunity to make new friends.
Get the paperwork in order
As most countries with require the full spectrum of paperwork and identification, it’s worth taking the time to have a set of passport photos and taking copies of birth/marriage certificates