What to do before and after moving to a new country?
There comes a time in one’s life when you realize that your current environment doesn’t inspire you like it used to.
The everyday routine seems even more mundane than usual. You start to feel uncomfortable. That little voice at the back of your head keeps telling you to do something, to change, to get moving.
So you make the decision: you’re moving to another country. After the initial excitement comes the doubt. What should you do first? How do you build your life from scratch in a new environment?
My decision to move from Cracow to London caused me equal levels of excitement and anxiety. Still, I don’t regret a single thing and would never choose differently. There are some things I’m glad I did before and right after coming to London and some things I wish I did, and this is what I would like to share today.
Things to do before the big move:
- Save the money. And if you think you’ve saved enough, save some more. Couldn’t stress this one enough! I thought I was prepared for the ridiculously high cost of living in London but it still caused a lot of unnecessary stress.
- Learn the language. Or better yet, immerse yourself in the language and culture of your destination. Educate yourself on the habits and quirks characteristic for your country (and region) of choice. You will do yourself and the locals a massive favour.
- Register with a recruitment agency and start applying for roles. It will give you a good start and a peace of mind as you will have something up your sleeve already.
- Schedule a couple of room/flat viewings after you arrive, especially if you don’t have anyone to stay over with for the first couple of days of your new beginning.
Things to do right after you arrive:
- Apply for any necessary documents and a bank account straight away. Don’t put it off, it will only cause you a headache later on!
- Go out there and explore! Get lost in your new area, find your favourite restaurants/pubs/museums/parks. Become an expert and show off your tour guide skills whenever applicable!
- Find your tribe. You might be surprised how much in common you have with people from different cultures. Don’t just stick to your circle of friends and people who speak your mother tongue. Get to know the locals, ask for help if necessary and open up to new experiences!
- Start a journal, create a photo album or a series of short films documenting your experience. Record your discoveries and either keep them to yourself or share with others. Your future self will thank you for the memories!
Are there any other tips you would have for people migrating to a new country? Share them below!
Written by Maria Busz– Associate Consultant – Sales and Marketing Division