The world is a huge place. With nearly two-hundred established countries in the world, chances are that you will find yourself in more than one. In some instances, you might even be in the process of moving to a new country. As we can imagine, this can be an overwhelming process. Not only do you have to tie up all your loose ends back home, but you also have to prepare yourself for the lifestyle of the new country. On the bright side, this could be an incredible experience to learn about new cultures, habits, and people. With this in mind, let’s go over twelve tips to prepare to live in another country.
#12: Pick Up A Trait
One of the best things you can do for your move is picking up a trait. In the case that you might not have a job lined up, this is an essential step in going to a new country. Think about it, how else are you going to pay for your expenses? While you could live off of money saved, eventually, that money will run out. After that, it is up to you to make a living. Just make sure to learn a trait that is valuable to a community.
#11: Decide On A Country That Fits Your Lifestyle
If given the opportunity to choose the country you are moving to, pick one that fits your lifestyle. This will only make it easier to integrate yourself within the culture of the country. Ultimately, this tip will open up opportunities that you would have never had otherwise. For example, job opportunities can come your way if you choose a country that you can quickly fit into. As an overall rule, make sure that the country you are moving to is not too foreign. You don’t want to completely change the way you have been living immediately. Choose a country that will allow you to make an easy cultural transition.
#10: Visit The Country Before Hand
If you have the means to, it would be beneficial to visit the country you are moving to before making a permanent move. Overall, this will give you an idea as to what to prepare for. This includes what foods you might be eating, what the people are like there, and other similar factors. If you know exactly what region or neighboorhood you will be moving too, that’s even better. The more specific you get with your location, the more specific details you will know to prepare for. The point of your visit is to eliminate culture shock once you move there.
#9: Have Your Visa Ready To Go
Having your visa ready to go is another essential part of moving to a new country. After all, your visa is what allows you to leave and enter the countries you go to. Keep in mind, you will have to renew your visa after it expires. This is one of the more tedious parts of living abroad as a foreigner. Apart from that, having it prepared will get rid of any hassles of having to renew it. In other words, it makes your moving process easier to deal with.
#8: Do General Research On The Country
Now, most people often do in-depth research on the countries they are going to before they visit them. This is especially the case for people who are making a move there. However, in the case that you have to make an immediate decision, even the smallest of research can make a big difference. As far as what you should research about a country, get as specific as possible. Research things like how transportation works in the country or places to avoid as a foreigner. On the other hand, avoid researching broad knowledge such as what people dress like and what food is popular.
#7: Keep A Log Of Where You Go
As a foreigner, keeping a log of the places you go serves a multitude of purposes. One, it allows you to track what places you have visited as a way to not get lost. A fun purpose of a log could be to keep a record of the historical places you have visited in the country. However, perhaps the most important reason to keep a log is for protection. This includes protection against local accusers and protection in the case of an emergency.
#6: Make Connections As Soon As Possible
As mentioned before, cultural integration is everything when moving to a new country. The faster you can adapt to the culture, the faster you will be excepted. That said, a good way to start with this is by making connections. More specifically, making friends is the best way to start cultural integration. This could be started in virtually any setting. Whether it is at a gas station or a restaurant, simply introducing yourself can go a long way. This tip could even allow you to make life-long relationships with people.
#5: Learn About The Local Health Care System
If your well-being and health is your main concern if you are moving to a new country, then the first thing you need to look into is the local health care system. As many of us know, different countries have different national systems. Quite obviously, this includes health care systems which can vary in terms of their strictness. More than anything, you want to make sure the local health care system is consistent with patient care. One of the best ways to test this is by asking the locals when you visit the country.
#4: Study The Local Language
Another way to make a strong connection with the country’s culture is to study the local language. While this may seem a bit daunting, there are plenty of resources available that can help you. However, remember that part of the process of making a move to a new country is choosing one that isn’t too foreign. Now we can see how that decision starts to make sense when it comes to cultural integration tips such as learning the local language.
#3: Changing Your Address
Before leaving your country, one of the key factors you want to cover is making an address change. Making an address change can also serve many purposes. For example, receiving mail is something that will be affected by not making a change. Nowadays, they even make this process easy to do through an online platform.
#2: Save Enough Money
Let’s hope these tips didn’t have to remind you of the fact that you need to save enough money before moving. If so, you need to get this process started yesterday. You simply can’t make a move to another country without being properly funded. Think about all the expenses you have to take care of such as paying for flights, a visa, and so on. Some people can’t even move neighborhoods without saving money, imagine having to move to a new country.
#1: Have A Big Farewell Party
Perhaps the most important thing to prepare for when moving to a new country is saying goodbye. This includes saying goodbye to your current living space, your city, and your country of course. More importantly, this also includes having to say goodbye to loved ones. For this reason, be prepared to throw yourself a farewell party to make your move a memory of a lifetime.