Posted on June 16, 2018 at 12:43 PM
Moving to a new county can be exciting. But once the initial excitement fades away, you are faced with some harsh realities.
I’m sure you’ve heard all those happy stories of people who’ve moved abroad and how their lives changed completely.
But people rarely talk about the initial struggle.
If you’re moving abroad soon, do keep in mind these 5 things which people seldom talk about.
- Pack only what’s absolutely important
This is especially true if you’re moving for studies or will be living alone for the first time.
If you’re unsure about your living arrangements at the new place, be extra careful when packing.
Why carry unnecessary stuff when you’re not sure if you are going to use it?
- Don’t rely on the movies
So you think you know everything about the country you are moving to because you’re such a fan of that sitcom or that Hollywood movie?
Well, you’re in for a surprise. More often than not, what you see in movies rarely happens in real life.
You don’t really know the country you’re moving to unless you’ve actually lived there.
- It gets really lonely
Moving to a new country means leaving all your family and friends behind. It’s like stepping out of your comfort zone.
At least for the first few months, you are definitely going to miss home and your people. Making friends, especially in a foreign country, takes time.
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- Your body clock is about to go for a toss
If you’re moving to a country with a hue time difference, the first few moths can get really difficult.
Your body is used to sleeping and eating at a particular time. Imagine, that being reversed completely.
It’s definitely going to be difficult, but you’ll adjust soon enough.
- Culture shock is real
Basic things you take for granted in your country might be a privilege in the new country. You might not find the food you’re looking for. Phrases you used in a friendly manner in your country might be considered offensive in the new country.
There’s no sure shot way to avoid culture shock, but you can definitely read up about the new country you’re moving to. This will give you an idea of what to expect.
Moving to a new country can be quite overwhelming. While you can always learn from the experience of others, ultimately you have to figure things out on your own.
Are you moving to a new country soon? Moving there for work or studies?
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