We have 13 top tips below to help you relocate (full article can be found here)
- Have a safety net Start saving ahead of your move to ensure you have a fall-back option if anything goes wrong. Do not touch the money before you relocate unless an emergency comes up.
- Try to remain flexible If you’re going through a visa application process for moving to your new home, remember that there can be delays. Try to remain as flexible as possible as a result. Don’t give up your job during the process until you physically have your visa, just in case. You don’t want to end up delayed having already handed your notice in, with extra or unexpected costs related to paperwork, medical examinations, embassy interviews or travel.
- Think about renting before you buy If you don’t want to commit to buying straight away, a great option could be to rent short-term when you relocate. Spending a few months renting in an area will give a good idea as to how friendly the community is, and whether it has everything you need nearby such as medical providers, shops and schools.
- Decide on your health insurance needs In your new country the standards, costs and systems of healthcare can vary drastically from what you may be used to. If you have an employer sponsoring your relocation, the company will likely provide resources and be able to advise you of the system and where you stand as an employee.
- Move wisely Make sure you only take the things that you need to relocate…remember there are likely to be plenty of shops where you are going if you need anything else. It is important to label boxes well so that you can find the kettle and biscuits when you arrive!
Some small home comforts on your first night will make the whole process a bit more soothing: Pack a clean set of bedding for each bed, as well as towels, in a separate box so that on the day of unpacking at least you can get your bed made up for a well-deserved good night’s rest and label the box well!
- Start learning the language A basic knowledge of a few key phrases could be hugely beneficial not only in your career but in daily life!
Don’t wait until you relocate, or until you think you’ll have more time to start learning the language. Start now! Learning via Skype is another option which allows you to learn anywhere while keeping the same tutor.
At CLT we have been teaching Spanish employees and their families at Telefonica who have relocated to the UK. One client (Elena Penacho) commented “We are very grateful for your competent company, your kindness and prompt response any time we had any query. Both my husband and I are very happy with the teachers you selected for us. My English has improved outstandingly. Due to that, I could survive last year, as initially adapting to our new life was very hard for my children and I. Luckily, this year we are enjoying our time in London”.
And Laura Cerdeira commented on the English lessons for her daughter “I am very proud as Manuela was nominated Head Girl of her school. I have no doubt these English lessons supported her journey and confidence!”
- Prescription preparation Accessing the medication you need may initially prove a little more complex than you’ve come to expect in your home country. Research in advance how you will obtain your prescription: whether through a general practitioner, pharmacy or specialist appointment, as well as whether it will be easily accessible, as some countries have tighter restrictions on certain medications.
- Seek out useful expat resources One of the huge benefits of moving countries in the digital age is that no matter where you are, there are plenty of expat communities and resources at hand, with helpful advice from people having been through similar experiences.
- Find your community Leaving behind family and friends in your home country will always be tough, and being proactive in seeking out ways to meet new people can be a great solution to bridging the gap. Also, create a bucket list to make sure you make the most of your move and achieve the things you want to.
- Take advice from expat parents Uprooting kids and getting them settled in a new country is a big challenge for the whole family. It is important to research schools before you relocate and when your child starts school there are usually Facebook pages where you can meet other parents and also find out about playgroups for younger children.
- Take care of your mental wellbeing Leaving a familiar routine and comfortable surroundings can be tough, and knowing you’re not alone in feeling the expat blues can be comforting. Setting up ways to communicate with friends and family as soon as you arrive can make the transition less lonely.
- Don’t underestimate the paperwork Opening a bank account and setting up utilities when you relocate can mean booking appointments in advance, providing various paperwork, filling in numerous forms and generally jumping through hoops. As a result, bring all the paperwork you never thought you’d need.
- Cope with culture shock Get to know the area you have moved to by walking around and talking to locals. Remind yourself that living abroad is what you make of it, and keep in mind the positives about the reasons you moved. It’s imperative that you try to integrate and adapt to your new country. Focus on what you’re doing and make the best of what you have available to you. There’s no single way to experience a country, so just do what’s best for you and don’t be afraid to go against the grain.
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