Change is hard for most people, and relocating for work is basically change overload – you have to sell your home, move, and start a new job simultaneously. When you’re relocating an entire family, now that requires a lot of communication and finesse. But change can be a good thing. You get to grow professionally, meet new people, and explore and experience a new city, state, or even, country! AVE reached out to five families who have already made a move to offer tips to future families so they can get past the negatives and reap the positives even quicker!
Back-up VIP Documents
“If you are relocating overseas, make sure you have scans and back-up certified copies of vital documents like your passport, diploma, employment contract, etc. If something gets lost, this will help getting a replacement easier, since you’ll have details from the original document. It will also help you settle in to your new country faster. You’ll often need to submit heaps of documents in the beginning – and you’ll have them on hand!”- Mahogany Beckford relocated to China from the United States a few years ago.
Learn the Language
“Learn the language where you are being relocated to ahead of time. It helps you fit in quicker and will make you feel more comfortable in the long run.”- Blogger Megan Stetzel of forksandfootprints.com relocated to Bangkok from upstate New York two years ago.
Get Out and Explore
“Turn the moving process into an adventure. My son was 3 the first time we moved and 5 the next. I made sure I had a full week before I started my job to unload all those overwhelming boxes. We would unpack in the mornings, and in the afternoons, we would explore. We visited Oregon Health Sciences University, the Children’s Museum, Greenville’s famous downtown, and a suspension bridge over a waterfall. These activities kept the move fun.”- Tami Blumenfield, a professor who relocated from Seattle to Portland and later Greenville, South Carolina. Both times she moved her whole family.
“MeetUp is a great way to integrate and find a community of like-minded people quickly. Relocating can be lonely, finding your tribe can be difficult, finding social groups through churches or online is extremely helpful in shortening the time to make new friends.” Elizabeth Miner relocated to California from Boston for work.
Wander Around Town
“Drive around and get to know the area (main highways, shopping malls, movie theaters). Walk around the neighborhoods and the main streets. Within the first six months, get a dentist, doctor, lawyer, accountant, pharmacist, hair stylist, and dry cleaner. Find a bar/restaurant ‘where everyone knows your name.’ Go to local sporting events, theater, and concerts.” Joni Daniels, a self-described “trailing spouse,” who relocated at age 50 for her husband’s work.