There is nothing more exciting and nerve-wracking than moving to another country. While it’s certainly an adventure, there are many challenges to face, too. The new culture, settling in, finding a place to live, among other things, can be overwhelming.
Before moving abroad, many people read a few blogs or articles about what to expect. But, can you really ever know what you will find living in a foreign country as an ex-pat is like until you get there? From complex matters like an expatriate tax to blending in with the culture, there are many things that you need to keep in mind. So, without further ado, here’s our list of things every ex-pat should know.
Get Your Paperwork in Order
The very first thing that you need to do before you land abroad is to make sure that you have all the right paperwork. You’ll probably need birth certificates, bank statements, and background checks, to rent a home and obtain residency in the country you are moving to. So, make sure that you research and have all the paperwork you need for your move.
Be Flexible During the First Few Weeks
Do as much research as you can before you move, and when you finally arrive in your new home, prepare to be flexible. It is always better to spend the first few days learning how things work and how to fit in than swimming against the tide by trying to recreate old habits from your home country.
You will find it difficult to effectively communicate with others, which could make your life a little difficult as an expat. However, don’t let it get you down as it’s only temporary. You will start to enjoy this new lifestyle as you learn more about it.
Live Like a Local
Last but not least, you have to embrace your new home with open arms. It is important to understand that you are expected to respect local customs, practices, and culture when you move to a new place. Make sure you unintentionally don’t do anything that could offend someone. Start learning their language from day one so that it’s easier to blend in with locals.
It will be appreciated that you respect their culture and are trying to be like them. This way, you will be able to interact and network with more people. Creating and maintaining a good network with locals will help you in difficult times and open doors to many opportunities.