As we start to travel abroad for great adventures all over again, many people are now thinking about the best ways to get a whole new lease of life. So many people love the idea of moving to another country, and if you are in this position it’s an amazing way for you to take a great gap year or go volunteering. But it’s important to bear some of the following in mind as well:
You need to find a permanent residence. As helpful as that local hostel is, they will only keep you for so long. To find some housing of your own, you need to speak to a real estate agent or speak to other people in the same position. You may very well find a great deal on a riverside condo or an apartment! When you are looking for an apartment, it’s also worth thinking about having enough money to cover the first couple of months of rent and your security deposit. You also need to make sure you have enough to pay for utilities like electricity, water, and internet.
These days you can find people online but it can be overwhelming to try and find people on your wavelength, especially when in a completely different country and you don’t speak the lingo. You can always go and search for online bloggers who might be in the area, but you can also try a local organisation. Additionally, you could join an online ex-pat group which can give you some really important pointers to finding your feet in a new country.
The bureaucratic nature of a different country can be one of the most frustrating aspects of living somewhere else, but it’s important that you have your visa in order. Yes, there is a lot of red tape, but making sure you know where the local government offices are and how you can overcome any potential issues with your visa will make a big difference and reduce stress.
Yes, you may be a foreigner and you may make plenty of mistakes, but as long as you exercise common courtesy, this can go a long way to keeping the peace. You need to make sure you learn how to greet people appropriately in your local area and find out ways you could offend them.
You’ve moved to a new country and it may be forever, but it may not. Some close friends may wonder why you have made the trip to another country, but the best thing you can do is to keep in touch where you can, while also not showing off how your life may be better than theirs!
Moving to a new country should be a new adventure, and whether it’s a short-term thing or you want to set up camp and start a new life, there’s a lot to consider.