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Acclimating After Moving To Another County

Acclimating After Moving To Another County
Acclimating After Moving To Another County

Whether you’re simply taking a long-term vacation or plan to become a full-time resident, moving to another country offers a lot of excitement, possibilities, and for most people, a little anxiety about making a long distance international move. It’s completely normal to feel this mix of emotions and be nervous—after all, you’re making a big change!

That doesn’t mean it has to be overly stressful or difficult. We’ve put together this list of helpful tips to help you with moving to another country, focusing mainly on how to get prepare for and get comfortable in your new surroundings.

Cultural & Language Differences

This is probably one of the biggest adjustments to be made when moving to another country, though that largely depends on where you’re moving to and from. As most people considering a move like this understand, learning the language (if different from English) is one of the keys to navigating you’re way around, both geographically and culturally.

Make sure you learn as much about cultural differences as you can, too. Some missteps are bound to happen, but you can certainly minimize them and better set yourself up to make amends when the occasional faux pas does happen.

This guide is a good resource to research cultural and social differences by country.

Get Involved

You can take whatever broad interpretation of this tip that you’d like, but the  key is to engage with your new community. That could mean volunteering your time, joining a local club or organization, or just making yourself a regular at places in your neighborhood. Get to know the local area, sample the food, and find out what sort of entertainment is available.

The key is that you’re immersing yourself into the community, allowing you to meet people and showing locals that you’re invested in your new home. Naturally, you’ll want to find out quickly where certain things are, like the local grocery store or medical center.

If you’re moving to another country, call us to find out how we can help! We provide a number of international moving and relocation services and can accommodate moving requests to just about any part of the world! All cost estimates are 100% FREE and require no obligation! Contact us today to learn more!

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Find An Expat Community

Many countries around the world have an expat community that can help you both meet new people and get some insight into your new country. Many of these communities have an online presence to help others that are considering moving to another country, or as a way to keep in touch and coordinate things. Internations (see link under resources section) is one such hub of expat communities you can look at and there are many others dedicated to specific countries.

Government Offices & Transportation

Locating the local government offices and learning how the bureaucracy works in another country is very important. If you’re on a Visa while moving, you absolutely have to make sure you keep things current and you don’t want to risk having to do things at the last minute. Depending on the country, things can also move much more slowly in terms of paperwork.

Public transportation, especially if you’ll be depending on it, is also an important aspect to figure out in a new country. Learning the options, where they go, and when they leave is something that may take some getting used to. And again, things like signage, safety, and timeliness can vary depending on the region and country.

Even if you won’t be driving a vehicle, it’s good to familiarize yourself with the rules of the road. There will be some differences—possibly significant ones—that you will probably need to learn. Things like right of laws are different in many places and this also applies to bicycles and pedestrians! Take your cues from the locals if you can’t look into it before venturing out.

Resources For Moving Abroad

Expat Resources - A list of helpful resources and articles from the website Expat Info Desk. Here you’ll find information about living in different countries, how to adjust to life in another country and much more!

Internations - Internations is a website dedicated to those living outside of their home country. The forums are a great place to have your questions answered or meet up with others in the area you’re living or planning to move. An all around great resource.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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