Moving into a new country could be an exciting venture; with the thought of discovering a new country, modern cities and areas waiting to be explored, a new culture to embrace, meeting new people, acquiring some new knowledge, …  But it could also be an overwhelming experience as moving and settling into a new country is not as easy. The initial excitement would quickly fade out and leave the place to other, less pleasant emotions if not handle the right way. There are several things to do to make moving in a new country and settling in less stressful.  Here are 5 tips to help someone settle in a new country.  

1 – PLAN AHEAD: Before the actual move, you may research some information concerning the country you are moving into—plan for your big move to make your transition easier. you need to be knowledgeable as much as possible about where you are moving into would immensely help, so do research the basics including things like housing, health, transportation, the currency, language, local culture, condition for settling in, …  

2 – LEARN THE LOCAL LANGUAGE: it is true that English is a universal language, that you can found people who speak and understand it all around the world, but Once you move into a new country, the first thing you might want to do is to learn the local language, if different from yours. This first step would allow you not to feel left out around people and give you some confidence. Language barrier should not be an obstacle. You can learn by reading some books, listen to some audiobooks, go to school, used subtitles whenever watching the television, an effortless way is to watch kids’ cartoon.   

3 – HAVE A ROUTINE: Set up a routine that would make settling in much more comfortable. Most countries have different ways of living, create a routine around your new country’s manners, adapt your routine to the routine people are used to the new country, it would be much more comfortable than trying the other way around. Make your place home by adding some personal touches, basically create a home away from home. Importantly take it.  

4 – BE TOURISTY:  learn as much as you can about your new environment, there are a lot of resources available that can be very helpful. Discover as much as possible about your new living place, explore your surroundings. Be a tourist. Figure out and get used to the public transportation system. Get to know your host. You need to get out and take advantage of what the country has to offer. It is vital to be open-minded and not be shy. Do not forget to have a culinary adventure; try out local food.  

5 – MAKE FRIENDS: Do not keep yourself to yourself. Get involved in local activities. Be approachable, friendly to people, listen to people and be considerate of the people around you, that would help make friends. Countless places are available where you can meet and make new friends, for example, social media platforms, take a class or club, volunteering, look for the local ex-pat community, attend local events.  Make new friends but keep old friends.