Finding Friends After Moving Internationally

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Finding Friends After Moving Internationally

If you are relocating overseas by yourself, whether for your job, or to fulfill a lifelong dream, you might be worried about finding new friends once you get there. Companionship is an important aspect in anyone’s life, as it is important to have someone to lean on and communicate your desires and fears to, so you will not feel like you are alone in the world. For some people, making friends is very easy. They have no problems striking up conversations with a stranger, and are friendly enough to continue that relationship. But if you are not a social butterfly, there is no need to fear. There are still ways that you can find new friends in a foreign land.

The first steps you can take actually occur before you even move. It is always important to do a lot of research before moving to any country. You need to know the lay of the land, the local laws, and the steps you will have to take to actually live there. While you are searching for that information, look up the way of life for the people that live there. See what the locals like to do for entertainment, and make sure that it is in line with how you like to live your life. One great way to do this is through social media. You can always connect with people in the area, especially ones that have transplanted there from the country that you are from, and see what it is like to live there. If you have a good enough conversation, you may have already made a friend before even setting foot in your new land.

Another thing to think about before you move, is the language that the locals speak. Chances are strong that they do not speak the same language as you, so make an effort to learn as much as you can. At the very minimum, you should learn some key phrases, important questions, and typical answers to those questions so you can communicate with the residents of your new land on a basic level. The more you learn, the easier it will be to make friends. You could always apologize for your dialect or pronunciation, but chances are they will appreciate that you are making an effort to assimilate to a new culture.

Steps to Take After Your Move

Once you have arrived in your new country, there are still more steps to take to meet new people. It is important to get yourself out there, and put yourself in situations where you will have to talk to others. Social clubs or organizations are great places to start, but you can also go to a local bar or restaurant and see if you can find someone that you are comfortable with. Just remember, you probably will not find a best friend overnight, so do not be discouraged if you do not find a new friend immediately. Keep finding ways to talk to new people, and try to connect with as many people as possible.

Above all else, make sure that you keep a friendly attitude. People feed off of other people’s emotions subconsciously, so if your demeanor is sour, there attitude toward you will reflect that. Confidence, eye contact, and a nice smile will go a long way toward having a positive experience with a potential new friend. Do not be afraid to ask someone for directions, or recommendations for new restaurants or fun bars to attend. People will often recommend the spots that they themselves enjoy, so you never know, they may end up joining you. If you are finding it hard to keep a positive attitude, try contacting your friends back home. More than likely they will put a smile on your face and reassure you that it is only a matter of time before you make new friends.

CONTAINER Moving

Allied International Overseas Moving can provide a container moving service that carries goods to any destination in the world. We can ship your household contents smoothly, allowing you to focus on settling your family into their new home overseas.

INTERNATIONAL
CORPORATE RELOCATION

Moving even the smallest business overseas can be a huge undertaking. Careful planning is essential to prevent unnecessary stress. Hiring Allied International to organize the entire operation takes the heat off. It also allows the business to carry on running without affecting productivity.

AIR FREIGHT

With Allied International’s air freight transport, your belongings will be delivered more quickly. It is recommend to use this method of moving if you have time constraints for your move or would like to expedite the delivery of your items.

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We are your ultimate, one-stop-shop for all of your international storage and warehousing needs. We offer a wide range of options for storing your valuables. Whether you only have a few boxes or have heavy furniture or equipment, we can help you store your belongings in a safe and secure environment.

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Our partnership with Allied International is an unmatched asset when it comes to choosing us as your international mover. With markets in over 37 countries and over 1,000 locations worldwide, our highly-trained professionals will execute your move overseas. Your timely, cost-effective international move will be accomplished through ocean or air moving options as needed.