In case you have decided to move to a new country, with new people around you, and to experience new cultures and traditions, or to study and fulfill family commitments, you need to make sure that you have a full-fledged plan in mind. Moving to a new country might seem exciting on the outer side, but the task has many difficulties, challenges, and problems to it that you would have to face. Whether you are moving abroad for just one semester of your study program, or for your whole life, adapting to a different lifestyle is not a piece of cake. For this purpose, and to make moving abroad an easy task, here is some valuable advice about how to settle in a new place quickly and smoothly.

  • Be Well-Prepared

Before you move to a new country, make sure you have made all the necessary research. You can look for information through various outlets, such as searching on Google, having detailed conversation with people who have been there, or asking questions in online forums. It is really important to have some basic knowledge about the country that you are planning to move. Also, you should know about some of the nearby places in the city where you can stay for a while. Note down all of the information in a journal, and keep it with you when you reach your new destination so that you won’t be utterly lost.

  • Do Some Volunteering

Volunteering is another extraordinary method to become acquainted with new individuals and create solid connections with them. It is an incredible alternative for individuals who wish to really get involved and be a part of their new community. Volunteer positions can be discovered on the web, through neighborhood advertisements or postings, or just by inquiring. Search for some area associations that you find interesting and present yourself, telling them what you can offer.

If language is an obstruction, you can volunteer for a mail-out or any such job. You can also teach at local community centers or schools in order to learn the native language while getting the opportunity to share your own culture and language.

  • Get Acquainted With the Language

If you’re moving to any country such as France or Germany, where English is not the primary language, it is important that you learn some basics of the native language. This will make it easy for you to shop, travel, and meet new people.

Even in the countries where English is widely spoken, it is necessary that you understand the basic differences, and learn how to pronounce in the native language, such as French pronunciation is greatly different from English.

  • Make Tour of New Places

Even if you have become a resident in the new country, you can visit new places out there and enjoy exciting things. You can also go sightseeing or stroll around in the streets, because the place is, after all, new for you.  

  • Familiarize With the Local Customs

Nothing can cause any embarrassment quite as much as not being able to understand local customs and traditions. You need to learn the cultural practices of a country including how to behave in various social situations because not everyone is forgiving when it comes to behaving traditionally.

While keeping in mind all these points, you can settle in the new country quite easily. Happy traveling to you!

About the Author:

Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at


Published by Matthew Piggot