Moving to a new country is one of the most exciting things we can do, but it can be a little daunting. Ease your nerves while you are waiting for the big day by getting to know your new location while you wait. There are many resources for doing so and each have their benefits when moving internationally.
Don’t overlook travel brochures. Yes, they are advertising of sorts, but if you look at ones for your own region you will likely find something you didn’t know about. They will give you an overview of the flavor the area and they can be a wealth of information of things to do, history and culture.
Search the internet. More than just an encyclopedia of knowledge there are blogs and forums on every topic under the sun, and rest assured there will be many on what life is like near your new home. Look for posts both by locals and expats, there is a good chance of finding people that have made the move before you, and they will have a lot to say about it. Listen to their advice, they have already faced pitfalls you may not have yet considered and can save you a lot of grief. Things like will my television work there? How do I adjust my resume to be a CV? The humidity did what to your furniture? They are more than happy to share their experiences so take any opportunity you have to converse with them.
Consider starting your own blog. You may be amazed at how helpful people are willing to be to total strangers when they have information to share. “My aunt moved last year and this is what she found” “My daughter and her husband were stationed there last year and you simply must see this museum”
If you use any form of social media, put out a shout out for restaurant recommendations, school experiences or anything you might be curious about. It is a small world thanks to the internet, and you may be surprised to find your neighbor down the street used to live just a few blocks from where you are moving to.
Check if there is online classifieds at your new location. Many of them have areas for social commentary, and it can be a real eye opener. Most newspapers and magazines have a digital version as well, check what’s going on in your new neighborhood. You can find everything from new restaurants opening, to library additions, museum exhibits, and even traffic and crime reports.
Utilize the magic Google machine. With Google Earth you can do a virtual walk through your entire town or city in most locations now. You can do real time traffic at the very corner you are moving to in most cases. At the very least you can see the layout of where the shopping and schools are, the doctor’s offices, the route you will be taking to work, and where the nearest park is for walking your dog.
You don’t have to wait until after the move to explore the culture, the flavor, or even the neighborhood. Use your time wisely before your move, and you will know your way around like a pro before you even get there.
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