Posted on January 24, 2018 at 12:43 PM

A new city or an entirely new country calls out to you! This possibility is as exciting as it is anxiety-inducing. It is the beginning of a new phase and chapter in your life. Like with any activity, it has its own pros and cons.

Here are 4 happy outcomes of moving long distance to a completely new area

  1. Leave the past behind

    Moving is an opportunity that can be looked at as a cleansing of sorts. Get rid of things you don’t want in life anymore! And this doesn’t just apply to your worldly possessions. Emotional baggage, toxic people, your bad habits, as well as your old couch, dining table and television, this is your chance to let go of it all and start afresh. These unnecessary burdens do not need to come along with you to your new life.

  2. Personal development

    The world is massive and we are just tiny specks on it. Moving to a new city or country exposes you to an entirely different way of life in a different part of the world. It is different to everything you have known. This is a very humbling experience. Great risks and great rewards. You realize that there is always so much you don’t know. It helps your mind expand, and makes you a little more worldly and sophisticated. Moving to a new city or country is like life’s Student Exchange Program.

  3. New network

    You have the opportunity to form a completely new social circle. It is quite likely that you do not know anyone in the place you have moved to. This, in addition to point 1), allows you to work on yourself and improve as a human being, and probably have a better social circle. One that you appreciate more, and where you are also appreciated more. A social circle that empowers each other and society. Find out activities of your interest and join them and volunteer. Use sites like Meet Up and groups on Facebook.

  4. Career opportunities

    A new city or country obviously works differently than your old one. There are different things that dominate its employment industry. Whether you are looking to explore a new field for your career, or you’re looking to expand further into your field, a new country helps with that depending on its main industries.

Here are 4 not-so-happy things that happen when you move long distance to a new country

  1. Distance from friends and family

    You obviously have some close family and/or friends at your home. Not just bad memories and emotional baggage that you wish to leave behind. You will be distancing yourself from them. You won’t be unpacking with your friends by your side. There would be nobody to hold a housewarming party for. But that’s fine. It’s all part of the experience.

  2. The culture shock

    New place, new people, new customs and traditions, new ethics, new food, new language, new slang in the new language, it can all be a bit too overwhelming. Small things like mispronouncing a street or shop’s name to not knowing whether they call it a bus or tram or shuttle, can make you feel as if you’re from a different planet altogether. Take it easy, it takes time to settle in. You will always find good people willing to help you out and make you feel more comfortable.

  3. The process of moving itself

    Moving is a laborious and time-consuming process. There are too many things involved in the moving checklist. Throwing away old and unnecessary things that you have no use for anymore. Then properly packing up everything you want to have moved to your new home. Using a verified and dependable packers and movers service that will handle your property carefully. Applying for a change in address. Maybe having your vehicle transferred as well. And so on. It is a monumental task. Thankfully, there are companies like Glovve that can help you out with this.

  4. Practicalities

    Moving to a new city where you do not know anything implies finding out everything from scratch. And this isn’t just the straightforward home and job. You need to find out your new doctor, dentist, supermarket, schools for your children, your favourite fast food and dessert place, nearest hospital, railway station, finding out how to go about using public transport, etc. All of these nuances of daily life that usually come from experience. It will take time for you to learn everything and finally be comfortable and start feeling at home.

These are some of the pros and cons that people experience when they move long distance. It’s all about your heart and attitude. How well you welcome the move and work towards will determine how comfortable or stressful your move is and how you adjust in your new home.

Be patient, proactive and go with the flow. It’s a new chapter in your life, make sure it starts well.

If you’re moving home for the first time, you are bound to have questions and queries. Don’t let the questions make you anxious. Ask your questions in the comments below, and I’ll help you out.

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