You, like many before you, may be under the impression that when you move to your chosen destination all will be rosy! Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case. No place is perfect – even if it is sunny all year round. It’s important when planning your move that you prepare yourself to find some things a nuisance, at least until you get used to them.
To help you mentally prepare, today we outline some of the things that might ‘get your goat’ upon moving to a far-flung destination. There is no shame in admitting it; we all get irritated by some things!
No matter where in the world you move to, you will find that attitudes towards certain things differ – in some cases, quite significantly. Whether this be attitude towards women, religious beliefs or appropriate attire, differing attitudes are often cited by expats around the world as one of the things that it’s hard to come to terms with. You can prepare yourself for this by researching your new home to see what attitudes are prevalent; it’s also worth asking any contacts that you have in the country to give you the heads up so that you can get your head around it. We often take advantage of the fact that attitudes in the Western World are relatively relaxed – this just isn’t the case in a lot of other places.
Navigating red tape
Trying to get things done here is a hard enough slog but when you factor in a potential language barrier, an entirely alien system and the need for documentation that you may not have yet – it can reach a whole new level of nightmare. You may think that we embrace bureaucracy in the UK but expats will often tell you how much easier things are in the UK than they are abroad. You should prepare yourself for inexplicable time restrictions and unheard of procedures that can become frustrating when you are trying to move forward with your plans and establish yourself in your new country.
Time and time again expats say Brits have a lot to be grateful for when it comes to the NHS. In fact, our practically unrivalled public health system is one of the things repeatedly cited on lists of ‘things they miss’. Although you will be able to get the healthcare you require in the majority of destinations, there will be some places where it simply isn’t possible or where you have to pay through the nose for treatment. When you factor in explaining your symptoms in a different language, things can get particularly tricky!
Relaxed time keeping
Although many people decide to move abroad for the more relaxed way of life, for some people, when they experience it, it’s too laid-back. Trying to get anything done when the locals are so relaxed they are practically horizontal can become a nightmare – highlighted all the more by the fact that people in the UK keep such a fast pace. This slower, more chilled out approach found in other countries can gall recent arrivals – hopefully though as time goes on, you can adjust to the relaxed way of life that you once craved so much when rushing from pillar to post back home.
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