How to fit in when you move overseas – the easy way!

Moving overseas is a big task – packing up all of your things, transporting them to your new home country, unloading them, getting everything through customs. If you go it alone, the process can be taxing, stressful and totally unenjoyable! If you get help from the international moving professionals at Allied Pickfords, then you can focus on what’s important, like learning the customs of where you’re moving.

What sort of things do you need to think about before relocating to a new country?

Act like a local

Moving overseas can sometimes mean moving into a country with a different native language. While English might still be widely spoken, there could be regional dialects, accents or well-known phrases from different languages all in a mix.

Moving overseas is more than just travel - you have to start living and breathing local customs.Moving overseas is more than just travel – you have to start living and breathing local customs.

Take New Zealand, for example. A common greeting over there is “kia ora”. When somebody says that, they’re greeting you, so you can respond in an appropriate way. The typical response is to say the same back, but a simple smile and “hello” would suffice.

The way you dress might also be a little different to how locals do things, but that’s okay! You don’t need to wear all the exact same things as other people, just like you wouldn’t expect someone moving to Australia to wear only Australian clothes. If you have kids, spend some time showing them pictures of the cultural dress they might see people wearing on the streets to get them ready. That way, when they see someone wearing a beautiful, bright sari, they won’t be surprised that the person isn’t just in a t-shirt and shorts.

Understand the local laws

Being aware that you might see some different customs is important.

In Australia, carrying around a firearm is illegal (unless you have a specific permit). In the United States, however, that sort of thing happens everyday. It might be strange at first, but being aware that you might see some different customs is important.

In the United Arab Emirates, it’s extremely necessary to know the dress code. It can be offensive to wear certain items of clothing (or rather, not wear enough clothing) when out in public. Covering shoulders and knees, for both men and women, is considered respectful. It might be a culture shock, but it will keep you out of arguments with locals (and police).

When you move overseas, there are always going to be changes you have to make to your lifestyle. Understanding them will make the transition much smoother. To chat more about what moving overseas might mean for you, get in touch with Allied Pickfords today.