The stress of moving to a completely new country affects how successful you are in the new location. To keep stress low, it’s important to absorb as much as you can, from many directions.
Westport, CT (PRWEB) May 31, 2013
“The stress of moving to a completely new country affects how successful you are in the new location,” says Cathy Heyne, Managing Director of Marketing and Business Development at Living Abroad. “To keep stress low, it’s important to absorb as much as you can, from many directions. “
Living and working abroad offers invaluable life experiences. According to the Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO), over 6 million Americans live and work abroad. Some have taken international assignments through their companies, while others have relocated on their own. But many who are tempted by the opportunity for international living are hesitant. What strategies should they use to adjust quickly to a new location?
Here are Living Abroad’s seven proven ways to ease the strain on relocating abroad:
1. Do your research
Information has never been easier to access. Use a reliable and trusted source to review before departure. Relying on social media sites can result in misinformation.
2. Take a look-see trip
If resources allow, visit your new destination before you actually move. If your company policy allows an advance trip to the destination, take it. This visit can be key to a successful assignment.
3. Reach out
Connect with others already living there through expat community blogs. An expatriate’s concerns change dramatically from pre-departure to settling in after relocation. Reach out to local and expat community contacts, to best address those post-relocation concerns.
4. Be a good neighbor
Get to know your neighbors. Neighbors can inform you about amenities in and around their area. They can also assist with practical necessities, and provide important insight into local customs.
5. Connect with clubs
Organizations are a great way to make friends abroad, even if you are not a “joiner” back home. Area clubs and organizations are often listed in local publications. Trusted country information resources have this information, too.
6. Get to know the locals
Native residents are often proud of their country, and love to share details with new expats. By learning from the locals, you’ll able to develop your own perceptions about the country. Integration, rather than isolation, goes a long way.
7. Make it all add up
By using a vetted country resource, mingling with the locals, joining clubs, and making friends of neighbors, you will be well on your way to happy and successful relocation!
About Living Abroad LLC
Living Abroad (http://www.livingabroad.com), is the world leader in providing trusted and reliable country-specific reports on over 176 destinations. For over 25 years, Living Abroad has supported hundreds of businesses and corporations who move their employees and families around the world.
Living Abroad also offers a private, proprietary platform for employees to connect around the world, a cross-cultural tool, and custom global mobility portals for companies wanting to have all resources in one location. Our newest service, a business traveler mobile app, will be released in August, 2013.
Living Abroad is the source for destination information and tools.
Cathy Heyne, GMS
Managing Director, Marketing & Business Development
Living Abroad LLC
501 Westport Ave #255
Norwalk, CT 06851 USA
(T) +188.8.131.527 ext 114