Relocating to the sixth largest country in the world as an expat can be quite intimidating. There is so much to do in preparation to the move and so much to learn that you may find yourself overwhelmed in no time. The good thing is, when it’s all over and you’re settled into your new Australian home and its surroundings, the entire process of relocation will have been more than worth any of the struggles you might’ve had to overcome.
Expats residing in Australia are treated very well and given many opportunities and advantages. In fact, Australia is one of the countries that most welcomes non-natives into their borders. Of course residing in the country as an expat does come with its own set of stipulations and restrictions to abide by. However, thousands upon thousands of U.S. citizens move to the island nation every year.
Get Familiar with the Culture of Australians
As an expat, it’s especially important that you respect and become familiar with the culture of Australia. The way the natives live will likely be different than what you’re used to back home in the states. The cost of living, the currency, the types of entertainment, and other such things won’t be the same. Not to mention, you’ll face difficulties trying to understand their language and terminology as a citizen of the U.S. although English is the prime language used by Australians.
To make the transition of your move to Australia more easily adaptable, become as acquainted or educated as you can about the country and its culture before you move. This will help you feel more comfortable with your relocation. Check out everything from the facilities located in and nearby your new home, the type of climate in Australia, the available types of public transportation, and other things of interest.
The climate in Australia is one of the things that you will likely have to get used to. For a majority of the year, you can expect warmer weather while the winter months are quite cold. There is also very little rainfall which is much different than what most regions throughout the U.S. are used to.
Living the Australian Lifestyle
Australians have certain things that they like to do as residents of the country. They like their downtime and choose to spend this time eating great cuisine, enjoying water activities, shopping, and more. As a newcomer to the country, you’ll notice right away that there are an abundance of things to do. Set aside time every day for you to explore your new surroundings once you settle in. Find new restaurants, shops and boutiques to check out every time you venture out. Make friends and meet the residents in your neighborhood. The friendlier and more sociable you are, the more you’ll feel at home.
One of the most popular forms of entertainment in the nation for its natives is sports. Rugby, football, tennis and cricket are just a few of the sport favorites and celebrated by Australians. When the country’s sports teams aren’t playing a game, you’ll find everyone enjoying live music, festivals, water sports, and/or the vast art scene.