How to settle into your new life abroad
If moving in the UK is stressful, upping sticks and relocating to a different country is going to be even more so. Having to sort out visas, travel and even the simple fact that you’ll be leaving your home country can make the process that little bit more difficult. However, we do it with the dream of starting a new life somewhere different, becoming a member of a completely new society.
This is, of course, easier said than done though, especially if you’re moving to a country with a different mother tongue. With this in mind, we at Purdie Worldwide Removals have learnt a thing or two about helping with moving abroad and have a few tips and tricks to help you hit the ground running in your new life overseas.
Around 375 million people speak English as their first language, which leaves around 6.8 billion others who don’t. With this in mind, there is a high likelihood that you’re going to be moving to a country where you won’t be understood. If this is the case, it is imperative to spend at least some time trying to crack the native language.
Speaking to one another is the main way we socialise and interact with each other, so if you can’t conversate you’re going to find yourself becoming increasingly isolated.
Although large swathes of the world population don’t speak English, that doesn’t mean you won’t find small pockets of expats like yourself carving out a life for themselves in the same neck of the woods as you. A quick online search is usually enough to find groups of British expats you can meet and explore your new homeland with.
On the other hand, it’s important to not fully rely on these groups of expats for socialising; you moved to get away from talking about the weather at every gathering right? Spend time really exploring your new base of operations; what does the surrounding area offer you? Have you met your neighbours? Are there any upcoming events you can add to the calendar? Don’t be afraid to get stuck into your new life abroad; you’ll thank yourself later.
Although sunning ourselves on a beach far from the grey British shore is a dream for many of us, the reality can take time to get used to. A transition as tumultuous as this is always going to require a heavy dosage of patience in order for it to be successful. So, if you’re finding things aren’t quite going the way you want them to, give yourself some time to adjust to your new life overseas.
Although it can be nice to think about the end result of sunny beaches and days by the pool, you’ve got to move your life over first. Here at Purdie Removals, our team of experts have helped countless customers move their lives across the world and have the skills and experience necessary to safely transport your most prized belongings.