Things to consider before making the big move

Regardless of whether it’s for college, work or just that odd desire for a change of pace from the everyday norm, there are countless people moving to new countries daily. 

It’s a normal thing, right? No big deal on the scale of all things related to life. For those of you that think this way, you need a reality check. 

Moving away from home is quite possibly the hardest decision to make, trust me I know. Personally, there’s a lot that I didn’t consider before I moved away from my home country and by the time I figured things out myself it was too late, and I found myself struggling my first year away from home. It’s not just me though. A lot of my friends have struggled with similar issues and are STILL struggling. To be truly 
its not all bad but if you are really set on moving away from home, here are a few things that you should consider:


Every country has its own culture and if you are sure that you are moving to a new country, you may want to study the culture a little. I'm usually all for standing out and moving to the beat of your
own drum, but sometimes out of respect you should definitely consider learning about the culture. After all, you don't want to go around accidentally insulting someone, right? Right?


I don't know about you guys but, I love to eat. Especially when it's food from my own country. This is probably one of my biggest issues since I moved. I just can't find anything that suits my taste. Be warned, this will probably be an issue no matter where you go. Sure, you'll probably find something good to eat after adjusting a bit, but if you are looking for something close to home, forget about it. Even if you can cook for yourself. The ingredients you use may have a different flavor profile in a new country. In fact, you'll probably end up begging your friends or family to bring goodies from home for you so that you can make it through the year with a happy stomach.


Already know where you are going to live? Great! For those of you who don't, you definitely want to look at your options, especially if you don't have a car of your own. These are a few things you should definitely ask yourself when choosing your home:
  1. Is it a safe neighbourhood? Look online and read reviews if you are renting an apartment.
  2. How close is the train, bus or metro station?
  3. Where is the nearest Grocer. You'll definitely need food so it's a good idea to know for your convenience.
  4. What is the cost of living in that area? Let's face it, some areas are not worth the cost to live there. Especially not if you are trying to budget.


Whether you are the type that likes to party at the club or the type that just likes to chill and relax at a coffee shop or museum, you should look into some of the hot spots in your area. Get out an explore, you may even find some hidden treasures. The biggest mistake I made was staying home and never really getting out. This makes it harder to make friends and meet new people. Don't be afraid to let loose and find things that you really enjoy doing around your new home.

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