When you are moving from a place of familiarity to another country where everything is new, it is not always an easy job to adapt.
Along with your luggage, you will be bringing along your traditions, language and culture. While some challenges may come your way, so will adventures in a new land.
Here’s all you need to know about some of the common expat concerns that everyone has experienced when moving to or living in a foreign land.
1. Housing matters
Housing is a major concern for any expat. The type of housing can vary between individuals, a landed house or a multi-storey apartment, depending on your needs. It needs to fit in your budget while also providing enough space for your living needs – after all, it should be more than just a place for you to sleep in. And if you are bringing things from your old house, get in touch with a professional removalist that can help to pack and move your belongings to the new country efficiently.
Another important consideration when renting out a house is the location. Choosing one near to your workplace will be highly convenient for you and helps minimise travel time. But it is also a good idea to be in close proximity to amenities and entertainment options, such as shopping malls, convenience stores, supermarket, nature parks and cinema, to cater to your daily necessities and for unwinding during the weekends.
2. Schools for children
Searching for the right school for your little ones can sometimes bring a load into your schedule. It is understandable that every parent wants the best for their kids and choosing the right school is a big decision. It carries an enormous impact to the quality of learning and knowledge for your kids. This is especially relevant for younger children who are in their formative years, and academic education will play a big role in how they develop and grow up. At the same time, you might be interested in extracurricular activities that the school offers which can be a factor in your choice of schools.
While you’re thinking about it, check out this other story about factors to consider when sending your child to an international school.
Insurance not only comes with health benefits but also provides coverage for properties such as your vehicle, house and belongings. As an expat, your insurance benefits may vary from citizens of the country – so it would be wise to do research beforehand and know how you can protect yourself financially from any medical emergencies or property damage. Living overseas can already be expensive, so look into international insurance plans to cover any healthcare needs in the future and avoid further stress.
4. Fitting in
Generally, people find a lot of difficulty in adapting to the tradition, the culture, and the way of living after relocating. A good way to overcome that is to interact with the people living in your neighbourhood or in the workplace. Get to know your neighbours, hang out with your colleagues after work or strike a friendly conversation at the gym. Join online groups and attend meetups with other expats so you can socialise while learning more about others’ experiences living in the country.
5. Language and culture
One of the ways to adapt living in a new country is to know the language. Even if you are moving to an English-speaking country, it would be good to know the accents and dialects to avoid any miscommunication. Having a little bit of knowledge on the country’s cultures and traditions will go a long way in broadening your perspectives and settle down well.
At the of the day, rest assured that these common expat concerns are nothing new, and there is a wealth of information out there (on our site, in fact!) to help you overcome them.