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Whether you’ve got a job offer or are just taking a chance and moving to a new city (or even country) to try your luck there, it’s a big step to relocate. It’s an exciting time; starting over, meeting new friends, and perhaps experiencing a different culture.
However, before you pack your bags and move across the country, make sure you are prepared for anything that might happen along the way.
Hopefully, our dos and don’ts will help you.
1. Have a backup plan
Not to start off with being negative, but what happens if it doesn’t work out? Relocations work out for many people, but it’s still important to have a plan if things don’t go right. Could you try a new job in a different sector? Are you able to return home? Do you know anyone in the new city who can help you out if you’re in trouble?
2. Make sure you have enough cash
If you’re lucky enough to have a job waiting for you in the new city, you should only be worried to have enough money for a flat deposit, bills, living costs, and transport before your first payday and you’re set! If you’re moving to find a job then it’s a bit more involved. Work out a timescale and how much you’ll need (living costs, food, bills, rent, transport, little extras) and make sure you budget. And save some behind in case of emergencies.
3. Research, research, research
We could all find the best places in our own hometowns blindfolded. But what about somewhere completely new? Will it be safe? Is it close to any amenities? What kind of transportations are there? How expensive will it be? These are just a few questions you should ask yourself before you move anywhere new. Put in some serious research time before taking the plunge and move!Whether you've got a job offer or are just taking a chance and moving to a new city (or even country) to try your luck there, it’s a big step to relocate.Click To Tweet
4. Visit before taking the plunge
This leads us on to our last ‘do’. Visit the place. This is an absolute must! Everything could look nice in pictures. People say it’s such a cool place to live in. So you pack your bags and move and realize the city isn’t for you. What then? By checking it out beforehand, even if it’s just for the day or the weekend, you can really get a feel for the area, the people, and even the nightlife. You are going to be spending a lot of time in your new home, make sure it’s a good fit!
1. Move if you have genuine doubts
And we’re not talking about the bad monkey on your shoulder whispering niggly little worries in your ear. We’re talking major – and justified – doubts and concerns. Whether it’s money, work, family, friends – if you have serious second thoughts then talk to someone you trust and make sure you’re making the right decision.
2. Make a key decision based on other people
So your best friend is upping sticks and moving across the country and you suddenly think it’s a good idea, too? Or your family are desperate for you to stay close to home and you turn down a potentially excellent job offer? Never make a decision based just on other people. Sure, consider friends and family when making such big life moves, but don’t do things just to keep others happy. Now is the time to follow your own path.
3. Burn your bridges
From saying goodbye to your old life to quitting a job to move, make sure that you leave doors open should you ever need to come back. Don’t curse on the way out or tell the boss what you actually think of him – be gracious and if you’re heading off and your friends aren’t, don’t gloat. They could be the ones to help you if things later turn sour.
4. Be hard on yourself
It may take a little while to find a job or settle into a position and if you don’t slip into your new life straight away, don’t beat yourself up about it. If you don’t have friends in your new town or city then expect a few Saturday nights in and don’t think you’ll be inundated with job offers. Instead, look at everything as a positive and a challenge and work towards making a life for yourself. It can take months to settle in, but when you do you could really benefit from your brave decision.
Have fun! These are the first days of the rest of your life and you want to enjoy them. Sure, it may be tough but learning about your new home and meeting new people. You can reinvent yourself now. And good luck!