Moving Out Of Your Home Country - What Should I Know?

  • by XpatAthens
  • Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Moving Out Of Your Home Country - What Should I Know?
Norway, Spain, Greece? Where would you like to live? Moving to a foreign country is difficult - no doubt about that. Either you make this decision alone or with your partner or family, there will still be a lot to take care of before you actually make this move. Jagoda from ClickTrans is an expert in what future expats need to know, especially when moving out of the UK. Here are some guidelines like what documents should you bring, how to make your new country feel like home, renting a flat, and lots more!

What documents should I take with me?

Depending on your life and work situation and your destination country you may need these documents to make some arrangements (e.g. rent a flat, create a bank account, register in the local medical care system, etc.)
  • ID card/Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Job certification documents
  • Skills certificates
  • Security clearance/good conduct certificate
Remember to research your new home country policy and bring required documents!

Make Your New Country a Home Country
The acculturation process is known to be a struggle, once not approached in a proper way. Acculturation is basically, what you are going through when you land in a completely new place, you are not familiar with the culture, which is a huge part of human’s identity.

There are some tips that can help you get the sense of familiarity in your new home country and battle homesickness:
  • Before travelling there, try to research the city you will live in, check expats forums, local laws, customs and food. You may go to CouchSurfing meetings if you want to find an international group of people in the similar situation to your.

  • If you can try visiting the place before you move there permanently. You can go there for a week long holidays just to get a glimpse of how it’s like to live there.

  • Considering buying a flat? Try renting first. The fewer obligations the better, especially if you are not yet familiar with the local law and do not have many people to turn to in case there are any problems.

  • Be a citizen, not a stranger. To feel comfortable in your new home city, try to learn the local language. Even the basics will help you to connect to the local people. The sense of acceptance you get from other citizens is the first step to feeling like you are not a stranger anymore.
To read this article in full, please visit: ClickTrans