Ready to move abroad? Well, before you start with the relocation to the international scene, maybe you should do some reading first. For example, reading a bit about people who have actually moved abroad and what they have to say about it. You should know more as people have a very wrong perspective when it comes to moving house to another country. You need to be aware of all the facts before the removals and most of all, you need to be prepared. Moving home is stressful as it is, so you don’t want to go into the completely unknown in combination with the anxiety you will be experiencing. So here is some help for you.
1. There is nothing romantic about it.
We’ve all seen it in movies. The hero or heroine leave their home, get on a plane, get off at the international airport after landing, get a flat and a job and start their new life. Yeah, that is not how it goes. What the movies don’t show is all the gathering of documents, collecting and giving out signatures and getting a visa that slow down the process to a horrible crawl that seems like it’s never going to end. And speaking of slow, be prepared for a lot of long queues.
2. There is no space for your things.
You can only take a limited amount of luggage. You will not be able to take everything, unless you already have a new house there and you will pay a moving company a tonne of money to move every bit of belongings you have at your current home. You will have to downsize as much as you can.
3. You don’t know the language.
If you move to a foreign country where they don’t speak English, then your high school French or Spanish education will certainly not be enough to enjoy everyday conversations. You will have to spend a lot of time in learning the new language and then adapting to it, because the latter is what brings the biggest challenge.
4. You might hate the new home.
Not the flat or house you will be moving to – the country itself. It is natural that if you are used to a certain lifestyle and you move to a place which offers a completely new one, you will not like it. And at the start, you will hate everything about the new country. It takes a lot of getting used to and you will have to bite down your emotions and try to adapt.
5. There will be guilt.
Leaving your country means leaving a lot of things behind – pets, family, friends, etc. And at first you might be overjoyed by the thrill of adventure, but once you settle down you might feel the strain of guilt. You will feel bad for leaving everybody behind, that you can’t speak to them as often as you’d like to, and that you won’t have the same opportunities for it as before. The cure: suck it up and focus on your new life, there is no use for looking back.
There is a reason why a lot of people start travelling for ‘self-discovery’. After all, one philosophical school dictates that you only understand yourself better when you understand the world around you better. And when you travel, your worldview broadens. With that you discover more opinions, more points of view, more sides and more about yourself and your place in this world.
Now you have the complete knowledge of how you need to handle your relocation. You can start with the moving checklist and wait for that removal van to come and take your things. Or just slap some things you need in a sack and go and explore the wider world like a real romantic.