AUTHOR : The Connectar
23 March 2017
How to tackle the 7 Biggest Challenges of moving to a new city

Moving to another city, or overseas can sound like the most exciting thing you’ll ever do, and in so many ways, it is! However, when the reality sets in and the time to leave approaches, or arrives; you’re hit with the realisation that there are so many things you need to organise, and as fun and exciting as the experience is, there are a myriad of things that can cause problems or anxiety. Check out some of our tips on how to make your move as easy as possible!

Where to live

So, you’ve arrived and it’s time to find somewhere to rest your weary bones; where to begin? If you’re lucky and you’ve been relocated for work and they’ve hooked you up with a new pad, awesome. Or if it’s a new campus you’re heading to or friend’s house, you’re sitting pretty.

If however, lady luck isn’t on your side, relax; we’ve got you covered. Begin with researching the areas you’d like to live in (unless you already have), chat to locals who will always be happy to give you the lay of the land. Real Estate Agents are a great resource, so too are ex-pats, Google, online forums and even Facebook.

You may find that not having a rental history can cause a bit of an issue, so we suggest bringing evidence of your rental history with you, sometimes even a letter from your former landlord can be a great help. Another great option is to live in share accommodation, or even stay in a hostel for a while, what better way to meet new people; and if it’s not your thing, at least it will buy you some time until you do find your ideal home

Finding a job

If you’ve decided to up and leave without a new job waiting for you when you arrive, firstly; nice work on being brave and taking the plunge! Secondly, we all know this can be quite a challenge even in your own city; let alone in a foreign one.

Here are a few handy tips. Get any letters of recommendation you can get your hands on, and if you’re moving to China from the UK; you should probably translate them. After all, when in Rome right…? Or Shanghai… Anyway, you should make sure your CV is up to date and once again in the language of your destination. Research what finding a job is like in the place you are moving to, differences within industries, and see if you can make any contacts prior also; LinkedIn can be a great tool to help you here.

Getting around

Working out how to get from A to B in a new city or a new country can be a real challenge. Trying to navigate new bus, train, tram, ferry, catamaran; heck, maybe even horse and cart systems can be quite daunting. Fortunately for us, our friends at Google have given us access to Google Maps, hallelujah.

For the uninitiated, Google maps can outline any public transportation route, to and from wherever you’re gallivanting desires. The problem here is roaming data can be expensive, so be sure to get a local plan or pre-paid sim when you arrive and you’re set.

If you are yet to organise your new mobile phone plan in your new town, (shame on you) then this can be a different story. Never fear, usually you’ll find that the bus drivers, railway station staff, and the locals; especially college students will be more than happy to assist. Hey, you may even find that you make some new friends; just remember to smile.

Making friends

Now that you’ve left your friends and family behind, or at least the majority anyway; it’s time to get out and about and meet some new friends.

If by now, you have a job, there are always your coworkers to befriend. Beyond that there are groups you can join that share a common interest, get out and explore, look for jogging clubs or gyms you can join or cultural events; there are many ways to build a social network, and just remember to be open to new experiences and you’ll make new friends soon enough

Communication Breakdown

If you’re moving to a new city where the language differs from your mother tongue, and you need to learn a new language; although it’s exciting, the challenge at times can feel overwhelming.

The key here is to speak the local language always… Even when you’re with people who speak your language, if they can speak the local language get them to help teach you; if they can’t, they’ll benefit also from having to learn. Learn to say, ‘How do you say…’ in the local language; so, anytime you want to learn a new word or sentence you can ask in your new language. Enroll yourself in a language school. Language schools to crash courses that are excellent at helping you accelerate your ability to communicate like a local, you’ll probably meet new friends there too! Persist. The more you speak the language, the more you think in your new language the more rapid your progress will be; and before you know it, you’ll have a moment where you realise that you just held a conversation with a local, awesome!

Mind your manners

We mentioned this before, when in Rome do as the Romans would! Whether in Rome, Paris, a town off the coast of Canada or wherever you end up, the last thing you’re going to want to do is offend everyone there by not knowing their customs. So, before you arrive in your new homeland, be sure to have a read about the local culture; you’d be amazed at what Google might have to say, or Wikipedia. If you know anyone from your new destination or anyone that’s been there, ask them for any advice, feedback or traditional customs that you should know about; this will spare you and everyone around any unnecessary embarrassment.

Time to eat

Please, for the love of humanity, stay away from places like Maccas or Burger King! We don’t care how good Ronald looks with those big red shoes. The best way to experience another country or city’s culture is to get amongst the local cuisine. Nowadays a Google search for restaurants in any city can throw up recommendations, the tip here is to ensure these recommendations are from locals or people who really know what they’re talking about. TripAdvisor can make recommendations but remember, these have been made by tourists; so, use a site like that for when you want to explore the scenery; for right now, we gotta eat. Try anything and everything, it’s amazing what certain cultures have been able to do with staple foods you may have never experienced; so, try new things. Ask locals where they love to go, they’re always the best to recommend. Find foodie blogs and see what they have to say, you won’t be disappointed

We hope some of these tips were useful, Happy Trails!!!