3 top tips for settling down in your dream country
You’ve seen the sights, visited the Grand Canyon, trekked across the Great Wall of China, stared open-mouthed at Ayers Rock and snacked on tea and crumpets by the Tower of London – now it’s time to settle down.
Perhaps you’ve found a wonderful home off the beaten track in China, or maybe you’ve fallen in love with the bustling cities of Australia, or maybe you just fancy a small village property in Bognor Regis.
No matter where you’ve found your perfect location, we’ve come up with a few tips to bear in mind when you’re relocating to a property abroad. Take a look and dream of that perfect location.
When you’re sending bulky objects to foreign shores, freight delivery is the best option. But it’s hardly appropriate for smaller, more precious objects.
Where tiny keepsakes are concerned, try using a delivery service that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Whether you want to send a parcel to Australia, China or some other far-flung region, use a parcel delivery price comparison site.
Using one of these sites, you’ll be able to track down special offers and services, including recorded delivery, realtime tracking and first class delivery speeds.
The lesson here is, shop around – whether you choose DPD, USP or Royal Mail, you’ll always enjoy a top-quality service if you choose the right provider for you.
Holidaying somewhere isn’t the same as living there. All those charming customs you don’t understand on your fortnight in Thailand will suddenly feel alienating when you can’t comprehend it every day.
Not understanding basic cultural mores will make it difficult to find employment, make friends and, ultimately, to live comfortably in your newfound home. Continuous alienation will, most likely, see you travelling right back to where you started, your fantasy life shattered.
To ingratiate yourself with the locals, learn the local language, read up on local customs and hang out with the local people. Pretty soon you’ll be welcomed with open arms and enjoy a new cultural clique.
Make friends pronto
There’s nothing worse than travelling somewhere new and feeling hopelessly alone. Your friends back home won’t be able to help, and they’ll only withstand consolatory phone calls for a limited period of time.
To enjoy a rich social life from the get-go, head online and find other expats to meet with. They’ll be able to tell you the best place to eat and drink, and they’ll introduce you to their wider circle of friends.
Just be sure you don’t only rely on other expats. A major part of living within a new culture is experiencing it, so don’t box yourself in.