If you are preparing to live in a new country, it’s important to consider how you are going to settle in. Adjusting to the new lifestyle and surroundings is key to making it a successful move. There’s a big difference between visiting a place and permanently living there and many expats struggle to settle in. That’s why it’s important to get prepared in advance and approach the move with an open mind. Here are a few tips for settling in to your new country:
Being happy in your home is key to settling in. You will need to ensure you find accommodation in an area that suits your lifestyle and budget. If you commute to work then think about living in a central location. If you have children then perhaps living further out in an area with space might be a better option for you. You may want to enlist the help of an estate agent who can help you with getting the best out of your money.
If the language is different in your new country, ensure you spend some time learning it prior to the move. If you master the basic language skills prior to moving you will be able to practice and learn how to hold conversations once you’ve moved. Learning about key topics in the area such as the local sports will help you to have some back ground knowledge that can be used in conversations.
Food can be a great way of breaking social barriers. Learn about the traditional foods, try some of them and go out to restaurants and practice the local customs. Once you have some experience you could host your own dinner party.
As soon as you move organise your basic utilities, banking, driving license and local registrations. Try to unpack as soon as you can. After moving it’s normal to feel like you’re caught in a whirlwind but the quicker you get set up the easier the transition will be.
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