Here’s what you should know.
You are tired of your job, not making enough money, the people you meet every day make you feel bad, the happiness that you look for is not what you have in your life at the moment. There are different reasons why you could feel uncomfortable, but regardless which they are, you commonly come to the same solution- I need to move somewhere else!
Depending on that what system of value you regard the most important, that ‘somewhere else’ might be in another city, in another country, or even in the other continent. Being that, if you differ very much from people around you, there is great possibility that you do not fit in the culture where you were born, so that might be probably the reason why you should seek your happiness in moving to another continent, and in another culture, of course, when you figure out where it would be the best to fit in with your requirements and desires. If you decide so, we are here to give you some tips on what you need to know if you decide to go far away, which moving to another continent, not only for physical distance, certainly is.
Prior to your first steps, there is one thing that you have to know when you are moving to another continent- You have to be flexible! Ok, you found out that in the country you picked they regard the same things most important in their life, but the differences such as language, basic behaviour, what you need to do, and what you must never do are there to be accepted during the time, so, prepare yourself for some problems that might occur because, after all, you do come from completely different civilisation. This is the first rule for moving to countries with similar culture and language too, although it would be somewhat easier to fit in there than to fit somewhere you even do not know the language. If the flexibility is what you have, then let’s talk about important things when moving to another continent:
- Rules– Start your preparation by getting to know what you need to have so you could move to another continent you picked
- Securing the place to live- Do not forget the single most important thing when you are moving, especially when you are moving to another continent- Have a housing secured!
- Insurance- Do not think of problems when they happen, be prepared for every situation.
- Packing- Pick what to pack based on information on where you are moving and what you need there
- Transportation- The way you and your stuff will be transported to another continent
- Adaptation- Prepare to be mad about your decision to move, until you adapt there.
Moving to another continent means moving to completely new system, in every way
When you have decided that you are ready to move to another continent, you have picked the continent, decided what country is the best to move to, you are still not prepared to pack your stuff. First of all, you need to figure out how to secure the papers to live and work legally, which means getting to know do you need a licence for your profession, is there a visa required for the citizens of your country to move there, for how long you must not leave the country in case you want a permanent permit to stay there (which is very important if you have strong relationship with your family and friends, it could be a problem if that period is too long).
Securing the place to live
No matter where you move, have housing secured, do not find yourself homeless
You might have a cousin or a friend in a country where you move. You may stay with them for a while, but, do not let yourself careless on this matter. You will not feel comfortable there for a longer period than a couple of days, or weeks at most. They will start to feel annoyed by your presence sooner or later because everyone loves their own peace. Therefore, the second thing when moving to another continent, after securing paper, would be to secure housing. If you are not sure when exactly would you arrive there, because you do not know how long would it take to secure the paperwork, make sure that you secure a couple of options for housing, that you could pick from when you get there. Only then you may remain calm that you are moving properly.
Be prepared for the place you are moving to, not only for things that are going to happen but also for those that might take place
This question doesn’t require too many explanations. Think about the situation that you just moved to another place, on completely opposite part of the planet, you have just managed to settle down, buy some things, in one sentence- you began your life there. And suddenly, because of natural disaster, burglary or any other problem, you are left with nothing, and you didn’t manage to save anything. Would it be wise if you had the insurance to take care of at least part of the problem, especially when you are that far from your family and friends, moving to another continent?
When you move to another continent, choose wisely what is worth carrying
When the packing starts, make sure that you have created the packing list. And before that, make sure that the packing list contains only the most important things to bring. You must consider the value of things, and then decide if it is worth to pay for them to be transported, or it would be smarter to sell them, or present them to someone before you move to another continent. Everything is covered by aforementioned: Your pictures, items from the house, car, bicycle etc.
Compare the cost of different kinds of transportation, and different companies
The transportation is very much connected to packing. Being that you pay for things that are being moved too. So, check on what is the size of the luggage that you may carry with yourself, and what do you pay for everything that doesn’t fit there. Compare the prices, and then choose. The tickets for you and your family, if you have one, should be calculated here too. When you move somewhere, every single dollar saved means a lot, especially in case you are moving to another continent.
Give yourself some time to get settled when you move to another continent
As we previously said, even if you move to the culture similar to yours, day to day life is what you need the certain period of time to get used to. You should be prepared for this, as we said, before the very decision about moving. But, even if you prepared yourself, you could find yourself in problem when you actually live the problems that you only read about before. So give yourself some time to see if that is what you imagined it would be, before jumping into conclusion that it was a mistake. After all, you invested quite a lot of time and money in the moving to another continent that you would give it up easily. That is why, our specialists say that it is recommended that you first go for a longer vacation to the country you picked for moving, to live there for the month, or two before you actually move there. It could be very helpful, because it certainly costs much less, and it would give you the proper information about what is it like to actually live there.