Some people move abroad for a job – others will face the difficult task of trying to find a job abroad. Whether you are moving abroad to follow your partner, or your own dream of living in another country, one of the first priorities is usually to find work. Depending on what country you come from and what country you’ve moved to, you will face a unique set of challenges. Don’t let anyone fool you, finding work in a different country is no easy task! However, there are some general areas in which most people encounter problems, and there are ways of dealing with them. These are my tips:
…and all of a sudden it’s been one month already. One month since I packed up and left, said goodbye for good, and moved abroad to join my husband. It’s been a busy month, but we accomplished a lot in terms of setting up our new life here. However, there are also many things that still need doing, and a lot of other stuff that has simply fallen by the wayside because we’ve been so busy.
Packing up your entire life and moving abroad to a different country can be quite daunting. Each phase of starting a new life abroad holds its own challenges, but the first one you have to overcome is setting up your new life. Here are 10 tips to make sure you don’t get overwhelmed:
1. The Moving Basics
Just like any move, make sure you have let everyone know that you are moving and where/how they can reach you in the future. Continue reading
As an international couple, we’ve had many misunderstandings – most of them are funny like this one, though some have been a lot less funny.
In England, you cross your fingers to wish someone good luck. “I’m crossing my fingers for you!”. However, in Germany, if you say something and cross your fingers at the same time (the gesture), you are saying that you are lying, or don’t mean to stand by a promise you are making. For example, a German child would promise not to eat the chocolate, and cross their fingers behind their back (because they don’t mean it).
I have never been a particularly jealous person – and then I met my fiancé. And we lived in different countries. Months after meeting him, I relocated to his country, but we were still attending universities in different cities and could only see each other on weekends. Then our graduate degrees took us to different countries yet again, and we could only see each other every 3 months or so. We’ve had plenty of tearful airport good byes, lonely nights and counting the days until we finally could be together again.
Over those years, we had plenty of opportunity to deal with jealousy. Continue reading
Everybody has to find their own way to get through the long wait, the lonely nights or the nagging doubts. Here are 10 things that helped me get through my long distance relationship:
I believe many couples asks themselves this question. Either when trying to decide if they should “try long distance” or just split up, during one of the many lonely nights away, or after months, sometimes years, of separation. Ultimately, everyone has to answer this question for themselves, but here are some points that helped me decide:
It was not an easy decision for either of us. My husband and I are from different countries and cultures, and we had been in a long distance relationship for the better part of a decade. A few months ago, we made the decision – together – that I would move to be with him.
I hope this blog will help me navigate this journey as I try to grow roots in a new life.