So You’re Relocating For Work…

The working world can be so exciting at times. Sure it drives you crazy when you’re working sixty plus hours a week, and you barely get time to stop and eat, but when the fun stuff crops up, you sometimes have to pinch yourself. And this is generally what happens when you’re fortunate enough to travel for work. Yes, business travel can be draining, and you don’t always get to explore as much as you’d like, but there’s no doubt about it – you wouldn’t have it any other way. But then there’s also the time when your business travel takes a bit of an extension, and it turns into an option of relocation.

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Moving overseas for any reason can be a big decision, but it often is something that you have to decide on first when it’s a business opportunity. Fortunately for most of us, this is the kind of decision that you can actually take lightly, because it can often be a temporary move. Whether you’re going to spend three months in Asia, or you’re moving to Europe for a year to open a new office, you’re going to want to make the change as interesting and as seamless as possible. So, to help your relocation go swiftly, no matter how long you’re going to be gone for, here are ten tips to ensure you settle in.

1. Get As Much Information As Possible From Your Company

When you’re excited about relocating, it’s only natural that you’re going to want to get the ball rolling as soon as possible. But you need to remember that this is still a big deal. So you’re going to want to get all of the information from your company. You need to know when, where, how long, and even what terms come with it. From here, you’ll then be able to make further decisions. But until you know more details, you’re going to want to sit tight.

2. Take A Temporary Visit If You Can

This isn’t really something that everyone can do (especially if you are heading to the other side of the country), but if you have enough time, then you should definitely try to visit the location that you’re relocating to. This is particularly important if you’ve never been there before. Doing so will help you to get a better idea of what the area is like, and it will even help you to carry out some of the following steps.

3. Look For Long Term Accommodation Options

When you’ve got most of the details figured out, the first thing you’re going to want to do, and the most practical, is to arrange your accommodation. To do this, you should look to research, using a site such as, long-term accommodation options. This is very important, because you don’t want to have to move part way through your stay. And you’re going to want to try and build a home from home.

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4. Choose Your Neighborhood Wisely

As you’re starting to take a look around, you’re going to want to work out the pros and cons of each neighborhood. Because choosing a neighborhood can be really tough. But if you’re heading to your new location for a year or more, it really has to be right. So you should look to find somewhere that will feel like home for you.

5. Connect With New Colleagues & Neighbors Before You Go

If there’s one thing that many people can feel worried or scared or shaken about when they move away, it’s always that they may feel alone. So, it’s often a good idea to try and make friends even before you go. These tips on making friends should come in handy too. Then, you’ll be able to build a social life too.

6. Research Your New Area (And Culture)

Another great tip for things to do before you go is research. When you’re heading to a new country, this will help you to adjust quicker. Sometimes, when you’re faced with a new way of living, it can be quite a culture shock for you to adjust. However, when you can read up as much as possible, and even learn the language if it’s somewhere overseas, you should be able to fit right in.

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7. Get Your Paperwork Sorted

Number seven is more on the practical side, but it’s still an essential. Because you really do have to make sure that you have all of your paperwork ironed out before you go. Sometimes, this is going to be something that your company sorts out for you (which is super handy if so). If not, and you’re not really sure what you need to do, you should be able to find relocation services online that can point you in the right direction.

8. Pack The Essentials

Then, it’s onto packing. When you’re relocating, it can be really tough to know what to take with you. So it’s often good to start off with the essentials – the things you use daily and can’t function without. But if you’re still not sure, this packing list should give you some great pointers on how to be practical.

9. Get Ahead & Settle In Early

If you can, it’s always a great idea to try and get over to your new location early. Although you can’t always have control over this, being there before you start work will help you to settle in. And if you’re still worried about that, this advice should help –

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10. Make The Most Of It

Above all else, you really need to make sure that you make the most of the time while you’re there. Although you are there to work, with you none working hours, it’s a great idea to do touristy things and just enjoy different experiences. That way, you can make sure that you get as much out of your traveling for work or temporary relocation experience as possible.

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  1. Great post! I have always wanted to live overseas. My husband’s job moves us around the country pretty often. Moving abroad is something we talk about often. One day if the opportunity comes up, we would gladly move to another country. We love traveling abroad and we love moving so this would be a wonderful adventure for us! Thank you for sharing!

  2. You know as I was reading, I kept saying I’d add this in the comment and then the next point fix it.

    Well detailed.

  3. Having done this several times, your advice on a pre-temporary trip is so important. If possible to have a local guide show you around, you will get the insider scoop on neighborhoods, as well as the good /bad of the new city you will call home. In a relationship with someone who is going with you…take them along for this trip. A second set of eyes and ears is good.

  4. Great post. I am hoping to move 6 hrs away (although not over seas) if we can find jobs there and this is a good guide of how to approach that

  5. Good calls! I relocated for work recently , and did all of these things . Came early , researched , found the right neighborhood, came twice in advance, and got rid of most of my stuff .. (it actually made more financial sense to rebuy everything !)

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