July 4, 2013

Ping Ponging Through Life

When you are used to travelling around the world – or even for life reasons – it can be tough to settle down once you stop moving. Upping your entire life and emigrating to another country is an adventure. It’s exciting, even though you’re saying goodbye to family and friends, you are saying hello to a brand new life for your family. Sometimes, you have to say goodbye to one place and say hello to a new one because life just leads you that way, but it can be hard to settle in and make somewhere new your home. You’re levelling up, but the worry of not being able to fit in is always going to hang over your head. How will you settle down? How do you make new friends? What if you end up isolated? All of these questions will swirl through your mind, but it’s healthier to get used to a new place than it is to ping pong your way through life, never settling and always on the move.

Life doesn’t always keep you cosy and secure in one lovely house in that one lovely neighbourhood. Sometimes, life flings you to the other side of the world with a whole new culture and even a possible new language. There’s new smells, sights, foods and currencies to get used to. There are new banking rules to get used to. Even finding a property when you don’t know what is jumbo flat can be difficult because the rules change without you even thinking about it. However, don’t panic because it can be done. With the tips below, you can learn to settle in one place and stop jumping to and fro without ever leaving your heart in one place.

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Know Where You Are

Getting to know where you are living is an essential step when you are living somewhere new. Surf the internet, get a map and take yourself out on an exploratory adventure and really get into the area in the same way that the locals would. Spend the day getting on and off public transport to explore and get to know your new routes and where they take you.

Know The People

The scariest thing about settling in a new place isn’t learning how the mortgage rules work or where the local food stores are, but getting to know new people. Making friends and knowing who can help you in times of crisis is vital, and you need to be brave enough to strike up conversations with those who can be there for you when you need them to be. They can give you the real picture of your new home, and they will be honest with it. So, get online, start attending community events and meet-ups and make some connections.

Get Your Banking Right

When you move to a country, you have to open a new bank account so that you can be paid your new wages from your job. You have to get this bit right, so instead of asking someone random for help, go into the bank yourself and speak to an official adviser. They’ll be able to talk you through what ID you need to provide as well as when you should receive your bank cards and information. When you get your banking right, you can then start thinking about buying a new house and getting your insurances sorted out.

Live

The last thing that you need to do is start living. You’re in a whole new country, with a whole new way of life. There will be things to explore and people to get to know, and you shouldn’t resist that change. Think about how your move is going to improve your life rather than make you feel like you’ve made a huge mistake. Getting settled in a new place takes patience and the will to give it a chance. This is going to be your new home, and you deserve for it to be the best possible home to grow in. Integration is essential for a successful migration, and you have to be willing to conform to the cultural rules and etiquette that you have moved into.

Don’t be afraid to start over in a new place. Remember that the place you used to live in will always be there if things don’t work out for whatever reason, so you can always go back again in the end. Give yourself time to fall in love with your new home – it’s worth it.

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