Relocating abroad can be a career-defining and life-changing experience, but coping with the stress of a move and coming to terms with a new environment requires careful planning. Finding ways to help de-stress your relocation can make a big difference in your moving experience.
Fitting in to a new environment
The idea that even an experienced traveller can arrive in a new country and settle in immediately ignores the almost universal issues which face people who move abroad for work – issues of how to fit in, how to come to terms with new ways of doing things and how to build a new friendship group. Getting help to deal with these issues and finding a relocations company which not only moves your goods but also provides destination settling-in services can make a big difference to the relocations process.
Here are some key tips on how to help de-stress your relocation:
Before you leave the UK
- Plan well in advance – an eight-week timeline to complete a move is ideal but planning is even more important for last-minute moves.
- De-clutter your house to make leaving it easier – be ruthless in getting rid of junk. It’s a false economy to think that packing everything you own is the easiest option. Donate clothes and goods to charity (many charities offer a collection service), hold a garage sale or look into selling items online, identify items to be recycled.
- Don’t forget to ask for help – from friends and family but also from professional services. The best relocations companies can offer professional packers to pack boxes for you – and this can save a lot of time. Professional cleaners may also be a good idea. In fact if you are renting then it is often a requirement of the contract to pay for a cleaner to visit before you leave.
- Storage solutions – For those who want to move quickly, or those who intend to return within a short time-span, it is worth considering an option to simply store goods while you are away. Crown Relocations provides a secure storage facility, for instance.
- Consider an Insight Assessment before you leave – This one-hour session helps movers understand the challenges that may be ahead, including for partners and family members who may need to look for work when they arrive.
After you arrive in a new destination
- Start with the basics – Ask your relocations company to look after basics such as organising utilities, advising on banking, driving licenses, insurance services and local registrations.
- Think carefully about accommodation – Don’t feel you need to buy a house even if the plan is to stay long term. Often renting close to work for the first few months is the best way to adjust to a new country.
- Consider intercultural training as part of a settling-in package – There’s a big difference between going to work in another country and making your life work there. Crown Relocation’s intercultural training helps families settle into their new location smoothly. The confidence gained from learning how to communicate, and integrate into the local culture, ensures settling into your new life with ease.
- Join local clubs – Consider joining local sports or social groups to meet new people. Making friends is one of the key aspects of settling in to a new environment and don’t restrict yourself to expats only. Getting to know locals and neighbours can make you feel part of the community quicker.