Moving abroad can be so exciting! But whether you are completely devoted to your job and will follow your company wherever the wind blows or just wanted to try a new adventure, it’s very important to do your research before you go. Otherwise, you may find yourself regretting or second-guessing your decision
Here are some tips to help you:
Do some research before the relocation.
So do you know the country you want to move to? Great. How about the city? You don’t want to learn the hard way when your are actually on the ground of the said country.
Do some research and learn about the history, geography, public figures, and most important, the culture you’re going to be immersing yourself into. That way you can buy the plane ticket with confidence and not have any regrets after settling in.
Only bring what you need
Whether you’re moving overseas for a few months, a few years, or for good, you don’t need to bring everything you own. As comforting as it can feel to bring a piece of home with you, international moving expenses will pile up quickly.
If you plan on living abroad long-term, it would be a good idea to sell as much of your furniture and large items as possible but if you are only going for a year or two, find some way to store your things instead of selling them. You’ll find that keeping them in your parent’s basement for a few years is more cost-efficient than selling them first and having to buy everything once you come back.
Open up to new experiences
You can’t try live like an Kenyan in America, you’re going to be miserable. Part of the whole experience is to try new things: food, languages, customs and new ways of living. You may find yourself learning a thing or two, even about your own country after getting away from it.
Don’t feel obligated to change completely
Moving to another country will require you to make some changes, yes. But when it comes to doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable, like converting to another religion, you don’t have to do it. The recommendation of trying new things is only meant to be taken so far; simply try it out and if you don’t like it, don’t feel pressured to do it again.
Just keep in mind that some experiences can become tiresome, like constantly speaking another language because none of your friends speak English. So don’t be afraid to give yourself a break and video call your family and friends once in a while.
Be patient when learning a new language
Although this isn’t easy; learning a new language can be very difficult, especially if it isn’t related to English. So just give yourself time and patience if you don’t pick it up right away. And be sure to treat yourself after learning something new!
Give yourself time to adjust
As exciting as it can seem, moving to another country is very stressful and culture shock is a real thing. So don’t expect yourself to just fit right in and everything to go smoothly. Although you can accelerate the process by involving yourself in as many activities as possible and keeping busy.
Just like moving to another city in Kenya or starting a new job, you’ll have to be patient before making friends. Although it’s a bonus if you are moving abroad with someone else.
Find a trustworthy moving company
Moving to another country is a big deal, so the last thing you need is for your things to get lost in transit or personal documents stolen in the process of moving. You will want to find a reputable moving company that is trusted and can get you there as effortlessly as possible. Cube Movers Ltd cover international and cross border relocations across the world by road, sea and air. We manage to move right to your door step. We unpack and set up at your final destination. Your comfort and ease is our delight!