Every day millions of people across the world emigrate. Some go in search of work, some for love or some just for a new adventure. The move to a new country can be difficult at times but very rewarding too. To help we have put together 8 tips to make the transition a little easier.
Before you go:
1. Do your research before you go
Before you leave, make sure to have as much knowledge about your new home as possible. Try to establish what visas you will need, how much money to bring, what jobs are available, if there are cultural differences you need to be aware of and the potential opportunities that await you.
2. Find people from your home country to give you advice
If you have family or friends who have made already made the trip ask them for advice. If you don’t have this resource, look up communities and groups online.
3. Pack something special to remind you of home
Maybe it’s a photo of a loved one, maybe it’s a cherished decoration, bring something to have to remind you of your home. You could even record a video of your home town to keep on your mobile device. Flippagram is a great app for making slideshow videos from photos. Why not make a ‘Home away from home’ video?
When you arrive:
4. Meet new people
Look for forums online or meet-ups with groups in your locality. It could be a great opportunity to meet other expats who have gone through your experience already any maybe be able to provide invaluable advice. As comforting as it may be to surround yourself with people from your home, always consider expanding your social circle to include locals too. You will be glad you did!
5. Learn to eat like a local
Where do the locals do their grocery shopping or eat out? Usually they will know where to find the cheapest and best produce and the best local spots. Finding this out could help you to save money and eat well. Simply ask around, be open to suggestions or even take a wander your local area.
6. Adapt your customs to fit in with the local customs
Do you have an interest that you could share with your new community? Maybe it’s cooking, music or a sport. Try to find similarities between your culture and the new culture you are moving to, there are probably more than you think. Got a favourite recipe from home? Why not share it with a local neighbour and ask them to teach you a new one in exchange?
7. Be open minded
Change can be challenging but is ultimately rewarding. Don’t be afraid to try new things and embrace new traditions. The world is an exciting place full of adventures that are waiting for you to find them!
8. Remember, home is just a call away!
Wherever you are, we will be right there with you! The simplest way to keep in touch with your loved ones is a simple phone call. Call to say hi, tell them about your adventures or about your new job, they will always love hearing from you!
If you are living away, or have family away you can always top-up their day with a phone credit. Top-up them up here.
Do you live away from home and have any tips you would like to share? Leave them in the comments below.