You have made the brave decision to move abroad – at least for a little while. While you were nothing but excited before you moved, now you are abroad you face the real challenge: settling in.
But how do you do this? We have some tips and tricks to settle in as quickly as possible.
Give yourself time to settle in
Settling in doesn’t happen overnight. It all depends on you and the kind of person you are. Are you well prepared? Who are you leaving behind? What are your expectations?
There are thousands of questions we could ask, but we just can’t predict the time it will take you to feel at home. It could be weeks, months, or it might even take years. And that’s okay. Don’t book a plane ticket home the moment things get rough! Be patient and give yourself the time you need to settle in.
Explore your new hometown
Moving abroad is an adventure, so take it head on. Visit the local bar, go to a park nearby, buy groceries in the supermarket and meet the locals.
Find out what happens on a daily basis in your new hometown!
Discover your new country
Your hometown is just the beginning. A whole new world has opened up for you when you decided to move abroad. Take advantage of this opportunity and enjoy your new country to the fullest.
You can visit the most beautiful places, discover the traditions and taste the local cuisine. Embrace this experience and enjoy your life abroad.
Learn the language
English is spoken all over the world, however the extent to which the language is spoken and understood varies tremendously. Not speaking the language of the country you have moved to, can be a big obstacle in your everyday life.
Learning the language will help you overcome cultural differences and you will get one step closer to really settling down. If you speak the language, it gives you the chance to chat with anybody and makes it a lot easier to get in contact with people.
Compile a list of words and phrases to learn in your new local language before you make the move.
Build a social network
It could be difficult to build up a new social network, however it will help you feel better and more at home.
You can share your experience and plan activities. You can socialise with colleagues, classmates or expats and when you are moving with your children, you can meet other parents at their school.
A different way to get in touch with new people and make friends is by participating in an organized sport or hobby.
Keep in touch
It is quite natural to miss your friends and family and you will even miss talking in your own language at a certain point. You can easily stay in contact with your loved ones by picking up the phone. This will also give you the chance to talk in your own language again.
On Recharge.com, you can top-up your prepaid phone credit so you can call or send messages to keep up to date about the most recent developments at home. It is even possible to top up the credit of friends and family abroad! Keeping in touch will help you to remember you are not alone.
Start a daily routine
Before you moved you might have tried things to break your routine in order to get inspired and try new things. However, the same thing that you tried to break back then, might help you adjust to your new life.
It’s nice to have some consistency, to exercise every morning at a certain time or take a walk in the evening. You could also plan on going out for diner every Friday night or watch a movie. Once you have settled in you can start breaking those routines again, but let them help you first.
Make your house your own
When moving abroad you need a place to stay and choices can be limited. Quite a lot of people choose to buy or rent a furnished house, it makes things easier. However, it could also mean the house doesn’t really feel like your own because you didn’t choose your own wallpaper, furniture, and floor.
The good news is that you can move stuff around. Rearrange the furniture! And don’t forget to buy accessories to add your personal touch.
Though these tips and trick might help you, we can’t tell you how long it will take to settle in. It all depends on you.
Remember it doesn’t happen overnight, but it will happen!