10 Tips on Moving to a New Country and Being Happy There

Contributed by Asia Expat Guides, 26 September, 2013

The first weeks and months in a new country can be disorienting at best, completely depressing at worse.

Here are 10 tips to make your move easier:

  1. Pick one or two of your favorite items and take them with you - no matter where you live. It could be your pillow, family photo album, favorite mug, handmade sweater from your mum, or your alarm clock. Basically anything that could remind you of home.
  1. Do your homework – Before moving to your new country, always look for more information, you can do this via various channels, be it googling online, talking in forums or talking to people who have been there. It is important to note down and find out at least the first few things you can do, and the places you must know upon arrival.
  1. Sign up for a local language class - If you already speak the language join a community club, an existing expats club or any clubs that allows you to make new friends and keep you busy. Language classes are most helpful because you'll not only develop ever-so-important linguistic skills, you'll also have a chance to meet other new arrivals — people who are probably just as desperate for company as you are. ;)
  1. Figure out where the locals buy their groceries –Buying from a local store instead of an international one will save you tons of money and make you feel so much more at home. Produces are usually much cheaper in stores for locals compared to those for foreigners. 
  1. Get a reputable agent to source for your accommodation - It might cost a bit extra but you will find a better place to live and save yourself a significant amount of unnecessary stress living in a bad neighborhood or somewhere far away from your work place.
  1. Get a mobile phone –A mobile phone is essential, you can call anyone in times of need especially in your new country where you don’t know if anything unforeseen problems might happen. Plus the sooner you have a local number, the easier it is for you to make new friends. With the technology today, you can download tons of free apps that allow you to call or video call home using the internet. E.g. (Skype, Facetime, Tango, Viber, Line)
  1. Go for a wander around your neighborhood- Take a stroll, find out where are the restaurants and bars around your area. Don’t be afraid to get lost, you can always take a taxi home or ask for directions. This is the best way to learn any new place, foreign or not.
  1. Make an appointment you cannot miss on the third day you are there. This will force you to get with the program, get in the right time zone, and get a life. It could be anything, to sign up for a new class, to find the mall to watch a movie, buy some utensils for your new apartment, anything, just make sure you get it done on the third day because sooner than three days is too soon and later than three days is too late.
  1. Give yourself permission to be homesick – It is only natural to miss home, family and friends, so don’ be too harsh on yourself and allow some personal time to feel homesick and miss your friends. Try to embrace this feeling instead of fighting it, when you feel homesick, recognize that the feeling connects you to the place in which you were born or grew up and to the people you love still living there. You can always make a call home to talk to friends and family as much as you like.
  1. Be grateful, friendly and polite- The first few months in any new place, especially a foreign place, is going to be stressful. The fact is that most people live and die very close to the place they are born. You are experiencing something wonderful and unique — no matter how much it makes you want to cry, scream, or rip your hair out. You’re already here so just be grateful that you have the opportunity to see the world and experience a different culture, something millions would die for. Always bear in mind to be friendly and polite towards new people and culture and you will have no problems fitting in and making tons of friends.

Optimize your stay in your host country with the aid of Asia Expat Guides

While it is definitely imperative to ensure that you are well prepared and equipped with the necessary information and tasks when moving to your host country, settling these issues are very time-consuming and difficult. Especially for a newcomer, you will be faced with the language barrier and other problems that might deter you from having a good time or looking for the best services which are safe, credible and reliable.

At Asia Expat Guides, we provide all the necessary services for expats to move to their host countries comfortably.  From airport pick-up services to introduction to local food and places of interest, we ensure that you will be pampered throughout your stay with our experiences, knowledge and expertise.

So worry no longer about the problems of moving overseas, we will handle everything for you!

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