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There are a lot of milestones in your life that will make you nervous and excited at the same time, and moving by yourself is definitely on the top of that list. It doesn’t matter if you are just moving out of your family home or you have chosen to change the continent, there is a lot of things that will be tricky and challenging. You can have many reasons for such a move, perhaps you are going away for college, you have decided to do some volunteer work, or you got a job opportunity you can’t refuse, nevertheless, the challenges of such a decision are just the same. So, in order to avoid a panic attack on a train station in a city you can’t even pronounce, take a deep breath, relax and read this article. You can never be too prepared!
- Before moving abroad take care of Visa and all the other bureaucracies
Arguably, there is nothing more boring that bureaucracies, but it will become a huge problem if you don’t take care of it. Everything and anything from your visa application to your insurance needs to be done correctly and in a timeline manner. Use all the help you can get while you are still in your country because once you move you will be completely on your own. Don’t forget to get all of you important documents translated into the official language of the country you are moving to, so if the situation requires it, you can always use it. Same goes for your medical history and any piece of information you find relevant. It is important that you do this if you are moving abroad on your own. Also, you won’t have anyone close to you that might be familiar with any condition you might be having, so make sure that you have your medical bracelet with you at all times. You can learn more about it here.
2. Set everything up before moving abroad on your own
Not to be captain Obvious but you are going to be moving by yourself. That means that you can’t count on help from other people and you need to make sure that you can do everything yourself. Which is impossible. So, instead of stressing out, getting panicky and being unable to relax, the only thing you should do is plan ahead. Set everything up before the actual move, so you will avoid any possible mishaps. First of all, make sure that your accommodation is organized. If you are moving for a period longer than 3 months, look for something permanent and make sure that lease agreement is available in English as well. Set up your emergency contact, as well as insurance, and make sure you know what to do if any dangerous situation arises. Check out the different ways of transportation, currency rates and the nearest hospitals, police station and 247 stores. It wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world to take up some DIY classes before the move, so you would be able to take care of minor issues in your apartment by yourself. It can come in handy to be skilled.
3. Different culture, different rules
You will obviously be known as a foreigner for a long time, but the faster you emerge in the new culture the easier will be for you to enjoy your stay, no matter how long it is. Explore all of the different local customs, markets, and places where people gather. Show your interest for the cuisine, proper way of pronouncing things and the local way of acting. Research the culture itself, what is frowned upon, what is welcomed and avoid getting into tricky situations. Bring something from home and share your own culture. Don’t be afraid to ask questions regardless of how foolish they seem. People will appreciate that you have taken an interest. And be careful with trying different food, it may seem delicious, but perhaps it turns out to be too much for your stomach. Take it one day at a time, and you will be called a local in no time. Use the fact that you are on your own.
4. Make new friends when you move abroad by yourself
One of the trickiest things to deal with when you move abroad is loneliness. You can be one hour or 2 plane rides away from home, it doesn’t matter, you are not there, where you have gotten used to being. You are now somewhere else. And at first, you might enjoy your new freedom and all the time you have for yourself, but pretty quickly, you might start to feel lonely. There are a lot of things you do daily that you can share with other people, but when your friends aren’t close, meeting new people can be a bit tricky. Here we have listed a couple of suggestions:
- Neighbors – Just a simple walk around the block or a trip to the local farmers’ market can be enough to meet someone you can connect with
- Work – Perhaps you can throw a party or invite your colleagues over for a movie night
- Local gym – It doesn’t necessarily need to be a gym, it can also be a fitness, pilates or yoga class. Share with your group that you are new to the area, and someone might be keen to help you fit in
- Get a pet – This isn’t an activity for your first week but it will most certainly help you to overcome loneliness and change of your routine. Besides, owning a pet is a great conversation starter and it can help you form a bond with humans too.
Moving alone does seem like a scary thing to do, but like everything in life, it has its rewards. You will gain a lot of responsibility and you will become more skilled to do things by yourself. By getting out of your comfort zone and opening up towards new experiences you will most definitely be growing as a person. But in order to avoid turning an exciting experience into a horrible one, make sure that you have paid close attention to our tips, and that you are well prepared for this adventure.