How to move to a new city like a boss
I remember watching Wild Child when I was about 12 years old and it pretty much inspired me to want to go to an all girls boarding school in the British countryside. Little did I know 4 years later I would be living out that dream for 6 months. This was the turning point for me at 16 years old when I decided that I was going to move to England from Australia.
Have you ever wanted to live in a different country but you're hesitant because of what comes with it?
I know the feeling, when I finished school in Australia at 18 I packed up my bags and moved halfway across the world to London and now I live in Budapest and I am going into my third year of living abroad. I don’t think you can guarantee whether or not moving countries will be good for you or if it will work out but I can say there is no harm in trying.
I thought I would share some advice from someone who's been there before and maybe even give you the sign you need to take the plunge.
Be open and willing to embrace challenges
Its not all rainbows and butterflies moving countries and I would never advertise it that way to anyone! It is definitely a challenging time which can turn into a very rewarding one if you are open. Your willingness to get out there in your work, in making friendships and creating a new life will be the best thing you can do for yourself.
Don’t be afraid of people
When I moved to London I had this weird thought that everybody knew I was foreign and judged me for it. Ridiculous right! I quickly got over that when I started to open up to people. You never know when you're going to make new friends or connections, it could be on the tube, in the grocery store, your apartment building or at work. People don’t usually bite so you've got nothing to lose by striking up a convo and getting to know someone new! Maybe they’ll be your new Wednesday night wine buddy!
Get into a routine
This is something I wish I had help with when I moved. I had no routine, I would work, come home, fall asleep, probably forget to eat and then go to work the next morning. Not much of a life huh? After doing this for a while and being sick/tired all the time I made myself a routine and made sure I included some time for myself in there to! Things like working out, going for a run, setting times to cook and eat, reading, blogging, time with friends and a sleep schedule. It was seriously life saving!
I cannot stress enough how important it is to get out and explore your city! I would say 5 out of 7 days in the afternoon I walk around Budapest, finding new cafes, little shops, monuments, beautiful buildings, parks and finding cool workshops. It never gets old and especially in a city its pretty much forever changing. Knowing your surroundings can also make you feel less out of place and foreign and more like one of the locals! Plus think of all the cool spots you will be able to take your family and friends to when they come to visit!
Getting a job and renting
This can depend on the city you are moving to but a pretty safe bet for securing a job straight away is going through agencies like Reed or similar. They have truck loads of contacts and can get your foot in the door to amazing companies almost straight away while you're figuring out what you want to do! Using LinkedIn as a tool is also very efficient in contacting people for specific roles. If you're transferring with your company you won’t have to worry about this or if you're working for yourself! But its always good to make business connections in the city regardless!
When it comes to renting I always say be careful! Make sure you go through an agency or do your own checks on the renter to verify the contract is real and never hand over money straight away! Unfortunately there are a lot of people out there trying scam money anyway they can but if you're cautious and do your proper checks renting will be a breeze!
Love every moment you have living in a new city and try to be as positive as you can even on the hardest days because there will only be better ones to come! Every country/city in this world has something new to offer and all you have to do is be brave enough to take it on!
If you have any questions about moving or would like some advice I would be more than happy to help you! Drop a comment below or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you asap!