How to move to a new country
… or the things I wish I knew before moving out.
It’s been a year and a half since my boyfriend and I left our home in Mexico in order to move to Barcelona. Personally, it has been rough change, full of cultural shocks, endless days and days you don’t want to end, everything that comes naturally with the process of moving out to a new country.
Since then, I’ve received lots of questions, e-mails and messages asking me how I managed with moving out and what’s been the most difficult part of the process, so, in collaboration with Nestpick, I made a list of small things I wish I knew before moving out far from home.
This post won’t cover any visa or legal aspects, as is a very complex topic and subjective to the current laws.
& book a flat
I was only missing the flat, which I couldn’t do online because of documentation requirements.
Here comes Nestpick to the rescue, an online service that allows you to book and rent an apartment from distance in more than 30 cities, including Barcelona, Berlin, Paris or Rotterdam, with all bills included in the prices (’cause at the beginning you won’t even know how much is gas or electricity, for example) and flats personally verified by the Nestpick team to make sure all the legal and property are in order to be booked.
This way, you can calmly book an apartment from the other side of the world or within the same city, and only worry about putting your whole life in a couple suitcases.
Your life won’t turn into Sex & the City, at least for a few months. Take things with grace, you will probably won’t have a decent bed to sleep at first, you will get lost in the city and probably take the wrong metro line a couple of times. The language and cultural barriers will always be there, but slowly your tongue and manners will mold into the ones that surround you.
This is like learning how to walk again, you don’t want to do it with high heels (not even if they’re Carrie’s favorite pair of Manolos), start with sneakers and upgrade the level of difficulty little by little. Remember, you’re the new one in the city, and when in Rome, do as romans.
Missing your home, family and friends is the hardest part, I won’t lie, and it’s totally normal to feel lonely, sad and even with the idea of returning within the first months. Be strong, remember and embrace the reason of why you decided to move; keep on doing what you love and surround yourself with good company, even if you’re only sharing a cup of coffee. I promise this phase won’t last forever, and once you’re over it, few things will scare you like before.
The fact that you moved to a new country doesn’t mean you have to stop doing what you love, you will probably encounter yourself with new hobbies and opportunities in a new city. I’m not only referring to joining the local gym or expensive university courses, it can be something as simple as taking photos, visiting museums, buying flowers, tasting every brunch in the city (that’s me) or Sunday ping-pong at the park.
The best thing about moving out, whether close or far from home, is to achieve a personal and professional independence full of satisfactions that would be hard to achieve in a different way. To learn how to be by yourself is the hardest part and, at the same time, the most gratifying one. Hope you find this helpful, and happy moving!
This post is sponsored by Nestpick.
All opinions and experiences are my own.