Settling into a new country

If you’ve been asked to relocate by the company you work for, whether it’s to another area of the country or across the world, relocating to a completely new country is an exciting and potentially stressful experience! From packing to learning your way around the new neighbourhood, Employee Relocation services can help you every step of the way. DT Moving offer employee relocation services, so visit their website for more information. Here are some tips to help you settle into your new location:

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The first step is not to worry about what you’re going to do after you move and start planning on what you need to do before you move. As well as the logistics of moving, there are loads of ways you can prepare for your relocation. Setting up your utilities and a bank account before you arrive will make the transition much smoother. Then, you can concentrate on learning as much as possible about your new country.

Google is perfect for looking at maps online to get an idea of your new neighbourhood. You can find out where local shops and restaurants are, and other important amenities. It will help greatly to learn a bit about the country’s history, customs, and culture. Have a basic understanding of the local language will also make the transition easier. Perhaps consider taking a language class or hiring a tutor for practising general conversation. This will help you to know enough of the language to do basic things the first few months, like ordering food or asking for directions.

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Another useful thing to research and understand is the local transportation system, especially if moving to a big city. Understanding how it works could save you a fortune in taxi fares or the cost of running a vehicle. This will also help you to experience as much of city life as you can.

Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting the sights, from museums to dining and art galleries. Do all the fun stuff before you start work and you’ll feel much more attuned to your new destination and ready embrace new challenges.

It can be hard to get out and about when you’re in unfamiliar territory but it’s important to get out and find opportunities to make new friends. Find out if there are any local expat groups or expat restaurants where you can meet people. Don’t be afraid to say yes to new opportunities and invitations. Also remember to get involved in your local community, sign up for language classes or find a place to continue your hobbies. This is the best way to fully immerse yourself in your new home, community and culture.