If you plan to move abroad, as well as the hassles of moving all your physical possessions and sorting out car shipping companies, there are many other issues you will face once you get to your destination.
Having some understanding of the bigger issues and preparing for them before you leave will make it far easier to overcome these obstacles when they present themselves.
Here are 5 of the most common problems you are likely to encounter when you move to your new destination abroad.
1. The Language Barrier
Of course, this problem only applies if the dominant language in the destination country is different from your language. If it is different, you have no choice but to learn the language if you want to gain employment and fit in.
Begin learning the language as soon as possible so that you at least know some rudimentary and common phrases by the time you get there.
Once there, take every opportunity to speak in the new language. Too often immigrants continue their language at home, and the result is a slower uptake of the new language. Plus, many family members who stay largely at home may never become fluent in the new language.
2. Culture Shock
Some cultural differences are obvious, and some are more subtle. It depends on the differences between where you came from and where you are going.
Th could be differences in things like clothing, weather, or food. More subtle can be how people act around each other, particularly in the workplace.
The good news is that the more you interact with the culture and the new population, the sooner any culture shock will pass.
3. Strain in Relationships
Moving to a different country is a major change in your life and for families, this can put a strain on the relationships between all family members.
You may have problems finding suitable accommodation for a suitable job, or maybe the demands of the new job are greater than expected.
Don’t forget the children, they likely had no choice in the decision to move so far away from family and friends. Check-in with them regularly to see how they are settling in. Be patient and remain aware that each family member will settle in at their own pace in their own time.
4. Fitting In
Expect to face problems fitting into the dynamics of your new culture, environment, and workplace. You will have to actively learn the customs and traditions and prepare for your new work.
Make sure you do your research before moving. Learn as much as you can about the traditions and customs of the new culture you will be joining. Make sure you learn how you can best prepare for your new job. It will be easier to transition when you know what expectations are required of you.
5. Worrying about Finances
The costs and effort required to arrange the movement of your home to a different county will be high. Even if a new employer is covering some of these costs, there is still a lot of tiring work to do.
Getting your head around exchange rates and the value of everything you buy in the new country to help you make good buying decisions is a major daily headache.
It will be best to rent a home at first until you get an idea of the housing market, and your finances are settled.
On top of that, you need to understand taxes, benefits, retirement accounts, etc. Again, research before leaving will be helpful
By taking these actions, you are at least taking control of the situation.