Are you moving abroad either to travel or maybe to study? Well these tips will help you heaps towards planning ahead and knowing roughly what to expect.
Before any new situation you should understand that it’s totally normal to feel anxious, nervous and have a sense of fear. The days coming up to your one way journey abroad to live somewhere new, you will have endless amounts of packing, clearing out rubbish and lastly saying your final goodbyes which can make you incredibly emotional.
Your emotions will be wild and you will find it hard in the first few days even weeks to contain how you feel as your mood can be very up & down. Once you find you’re surroundings, sense of awareness and meet others around you in the same situation you will start to feel a lot more at ease.
Before your journey on moving abroad, I personally recommend having as much savings as possible as this way you have background security to rely on for any sudden emergencies. Your first few days of arriving either to your student accommodation or to your home in another country you will face many opportunities and remember the spontaneous risks & opportunities are always the best and you won’t have any regrets!!
Before you depart:
- Get organised before leaving – research how you will arrive, ensure you have all required documents (passport, ID, visas, bank accounts, health care).
- Purchase a journal and carry it in your hand luggage – take note of your goals and it’s always a great way to start by jotting down your emotions, this way you can keep track of them and you will find this will make it easier to control them.
- Do out a plan for your finances- should you have any bills to be paid on certain dates, set them into your calendar and begin to control your bills you have at home. This way you won’t forget about them & make sure to set aside money you will need for airport food / transfers.
- Pack as lightly as possible – when organising your suitcase / backpack remember you only need the necessaries and can’t bring bulky items as this can become a pain when having to carry them around. Any items you’re unsure on, you are probably best to leave and if you realise when you arrive that you need them, don’t forget you can always get them posted to you.
- Research – look up the area you are going to be living, what’s it close to? Check out what’s nearby, find local gyms, food places & supermarkets this way when you arrive you have a fair idea of your new area.
- Immerse in the locals / people around you. Everyone lives differently. You may be in a town or city but just begin to look around you and see how people are moving and connecting. Absorb all you can into different cultures and look for people who have interests into similar hobbies as you.
- Struggling to find friends? Get out there!! You ain’t going to find them sitting in your room. You will find these friends wherever you have interests or enjoy being. May it be the gym, pub, library, cafe, university class, hostel.
- Keep your mind open – don’t enter your new country / home full of judgement as that is not going to end well. You are best to arrive with an open mind. Relax & breathe in all the fresh surroundings and if you arrive smiling you will more than likely approach a happy person who is willing to chat or help you out.
- Be willing to learn – expand your creativity levels, try new food, new hobbies, get in with new friends, attend new gigs, read new books, explore new gyms / classes. Once you say yes and learn new experiences you will take home heaps of new skills that you could never of imagined.
- Be aware of your spends – remember the first few days that you plan on being here a while and you might not be starting a job for a little while longer so best to budget what you can. Avoid eating out a lot and paying more for transport. Ask those around you how they travel / where they shop for food and start meal prepping and catching buses / trains rather than taxis / ubers.
- Expand your social circle – living abroad can be lonely sometimes and yes we all do enjoy some self time but its important to be surrounded by others too. Make sure to say YES to any events or invites you get as this will expand your circle and opportunities.
- Dealing with home sickness – You can get faced with these emotions anytime throughout your journey of moving / living abroad and just remember it’s okay to feel like that but if you hide away & ignore these feelings it can only make it worse. Keep in regular contact even if it’s every couple of days with family / friends and catch up, share what you’ve been doing. Don’t forget your new friends and your new environment – there is so much to discover and see so keeping busy is a good way to cope with home sickness.
- Coping with negative or low emotions – Best thing to do is to breathe and remember your purpose for why you came to live abroad or to study / travel? Go out take a walk, run or do some exercise as this will boost your mood. Focus on your solutions and not your problems, make small adjustments to your boundaries.
- Room mates / finding new friends can not always be easy – it’s best to spot this at the early stages, be tolerant and take action straight away as the situation will not get any better and will then affect your mood and make you feel low.
- Sleep is key – you don’t want to find your sleeping pattern going off track as this will affect you daily. Aim for at least 6 hours sleep so if you find your partying too much or up watching Netflix to all hours and then paying for it the next day, you need to stop and adjust this pattern as no one else will do it for you.