Are you thinking about moving abroad? There are so many benefits to moving abroad,
however, before you put your offer in on a property and get a quote from a removal company like Allied, it’s best to visit several times to make sure it’s the right country and destination for you.
So, what is the best way to see a country before moving? First of all, we would always recommend you stay longer than a week as this gives you a chance to get more of a feel for a place. Second of all, learning their language or having some good knowledge of it can be very beneficial and thirdly, visit the more rural places, instead of the main streets of the main city.
Below we look more into the best ways to see a country before moving there.
Stay longer than a week
Our number one tip is to stay longer than a week (or your normal holiday duration). By staying for three or four weeks, you can start to get a feel for a location and a better understanding of whether you would like to live there or not. When staying for longer, try to live as you would if you had moved there, this way you can remove the holiday excitement element of a location. Try to cook, shop like a local, eat as you would if you were at home. If you can, speak to the locals and ask what their experience of living in the area is, this way you can get a truthful opinion. Plus, by staying longer you can do different activities such as hiking spots you may have not done on a week break.
Learn the language
Learning a whole language before going can be very hard, however, you can try and learn a little. Having a good understanding of the language can help you see a destination differently. It allows you to communicate with the locals as well as integrate yourself more easily. There are many language apps online which you can sign up for, alternatively, you could find yourself a language tutor who can help you. By doing 30 minutes a day, you will quickly find yourself learning and progressing a lot.
Explore the more rural parts
When visiting a country or city, a lot of people will enjoy the tourist and holiday bits of the area. These sites and experiences can sometimes give you a false representation of the area and what it’s like to live there. Take London for example, there are many stunning hotels near the London Eye, however when you venture further out of London into some areas, the accommodation options aren’t as nice. Now, this may not be the case for the country you are visiting, but it’s best you make sure. Plus, the rural areas give you a chance to integrate within the area better.
We hope these tips have given you some insight into the best ways to see a country before moving there. Do you have any tips to share that would help our readers? Which of the above tips do you agree most with? Let us know in the comment box below.