Guide for Preparing to Live in a Different Country

Moving to another country is something most people dream of. Sometimes, you just feel like your home is out there, and once you locate the exact place where you want to get to, you will be truly happy. You have to be sure that this is just the place you want to live in, so you can have your best life, right in your dream city. But, moving to a new city will require you to be sure you have everything need. A guide to preparing for living in a different country is just the help you need.

What do you need to do before you move?

Once you decided to move to another country, you must be certain that you are ready to live in it. Moving is not really the hardest part of this. You can simply hire an experienced moving company, like verrazanomoving.com. You will have to take care of the documents for the relocation, so make sure you:

  • Have as much money as you can save- you will need it in your new city
  • Make sure your passport won’t expire by the moving date or get a new one
  • Get the documents you need for your visa
  • Get the visa- it’s the most important thing to do in the guide to preparing for living in a different country
  • Copy your important documents
  • Transfer utilities so you don’t have to deal with it once you move
  • Call your phone and internet company
  • Decide how you will travel and get the plane ticket if you need to
  • If you are moving with your pet, make sure you have all its documents ready
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Take care of utilities, documents and renew your passport before the moving day approaches

Once you are ready to move, you have to make sure you are completely ready for this relocation. Make sure you really do research that will reveal everything you need to know. The best way to do this might be to simply visit the place by yourself for as long as you can so you can get to know it as much as possible. This way, you will know exactly what to expect and what you need to get more information on.

Why do you need a guide to preparing for living in a different country?

Moving experience is often overwhelming so there is quite a big chance that you will forget something. This is not just about the documents you need to have once you start moving, but about everything you need to get to know before your relocation. Just when you are preparing for your gap year and need a packing list for your gap year abroad. You will simply be too excited to remember everything. But, get the guide for living abroad and you will be just fine.

Living is not as same as visiting, but still, visit

One of the best ways to make sure you will feel great in your new city is to visit it and make sure you love it. The thing is, if you like a city in a picture or from someone else’s story, you might end up being very disappointed with what you find. Make sure you know just what you get. If you like history, you will probably choose a place that is perfect for a history lover. By visiting it, you can be certain that it is just what you want. Never go unaware of what is waiting for you.

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Visit your new country as a tourist before you move so you can get to know it better

Learn about the culture

Not just the culture, but the mentality is an important thing to be familiar with as well. It’s just amazing how different people from two different states can be. Not just that, but both cultural and reverse culture shock can really affect your life. Maybe the new country you go to turns out to be just what you need, in the cultural sense of the word. That is why you should make sure you get to know it as much as you can. You should also learn the language if you can.

Make new friends

Get to know the people who live in your future home. This way, you will be able to learn so much about both the country and its culture. If you want to go to one of the colleges that are encouraging you to take a gap year, spend this year making friends and learning about the new country. You will be prepared.

Search online for things you want to see and do in your new country

Search for your future new city online and make sure you find all the places and activities you are interested in. This way, you will be prepared to have fun in the first few months once you move. If you have your time filled with fun activities, you will feel much more secure and happy. Getting friends is much easier this way as well.

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Make sure you search for all the fun activities in your new city

Keep in touch with home

It’s really important to stay in touch with your family once you move. It doesn’t matter if you are just taking a gap year in another country or you want to move for good, make sure you know exactly how important staying in touch is. Your friends and family will be there for you in good and in bad times, and you will have support every step of your way.

Moving to a new country for a gap year or to live in for good is going to be an adventure of your life. You are going to love every day a little more. That is just why you have to be prepared as much as you can. If you know what is waiting for you and if you are familiar with the language, culture, and surroundings, you are going to have no trouble at all. Visiting your new country before the moving day is the most important advice when it comes to the guide to preparing for living in a different country.

Photos of the Week 3/6

In honor of Winterline’s first program in Africa, we’ve decided to focus this week’s blog exclusively on the incredible photos from Rwanda! Squad 3 has been having an incredible time exploring the town and bonding with the locals through their homestays. This week, the students used some of their free time to go on safari and see beautiful animals up close and personal. See for yourself!

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Safari selfie
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Squad 3 on safari
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Giraffe in Rwanda
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Safari ready
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Elephant close up
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Zebras, too | Photo By: Whitfield Smith
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Leon and James on safari
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Whit and James on safari
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A cow full of love | Photo By: Emma Macfayden
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Rwandan homestay | Photo By: Emma Macfayden
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Emma with her host family and FA Hillevi
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Walks in Rwanda
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Emma and FA Hillevi with host mother
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Ashley and Lauren with Rwandan hosts
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Lauren hanging out with the kids
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Bonding with the kids
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Lauren in Rwanda
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Carter in Rwanda | Photo By: Micah Zimmerman
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Strolling through town
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James and Micah preparing dinner
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Streets of Rwanda | Photo By: Leon Louw
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City views | Photo By: Leon Louw
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Learning from the locals | Photo By: Emmie Daswani
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Sherly, Alexandra, and Emmie in Rwanda
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Making friends | Photo By: Emmie Daswani
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FA James with Carter, Eli, and their desserts
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Group photo!
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A local dressmaker at the market | Photo By: Alexandra Johansson
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Dinner duty | Photo By: Alexandra Johansson
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Time for washing | Photo By: Alexandra Johansson
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Homestay in Rwanda | Photo By: Alexandra Johansson
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Alexandra with her weaving

If you’re interested in living this journey for yourself, apply now for our 2020-2021 gap year. Want the experience, but unable to dedicate a whole year for travel? Then join our Latin America semester this fall! It’s never too early to start thinking about your future.

Location Spotlight: Bangkok, Thailand

One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster”. This opening line from Murray Head’s hit song One Night in Bangkok is the perfect description of the capital city of the beautiful first country of trimester 2, Bangkok, Thailand. During your stay in this massive city of over eight million citizens, your list of activities will range from exploring shrines and temples, to working out in the outdoor gym at the beautiful Lumpini park, to immersing yourself in the shopping district of Ratchaprasong, and so much more. There truly is an activity for everyone, and throughout our stay I was continuously in awe of my surroundings, and excited to see more every day!

Our activities in Bangkok began with a tour of the city with the wonderful tour guide company Bangkok Vanguards. During this tour, the squad was split into groups of three or four, each with a guide of their own, and taken to various locations in the city to complete a scavenger hunt. During this scavenger hunt, we went to places such as Wat Saket, or the Golden Mountain, as it is also known, a beautiful mountain temple renovated by King Rama 1 of Thailand. This temple had a vast view of the city in every direction, and was filled with many different buddha statues, with bells at the peak to ring for good fortune while praying.

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Exploring the temples | Photo By: Micah Zimmerman

Following the Golden Mountain, the tour took us to Chinatown, a bustling district reflective of Chinese culture in Bangkok. Very crowded and dense with many activities and sights to see, it was nothing like the Chinatowns of America; it felt much more authentic and interesting to explore. And with authentic Chinese and Thai street food on every corner, you will never go hungry. Other areas included Ratchaprasong, a massive shopping district that is home to six beautiful shrines of various gods in the Hindu religion, as well as large shopping malls and hotels. This area of the city felt very American in a way, while still managing to capture the feel of Bangkok, the heart of Thailand.

As far as entertainment goes, there is much to see and do in Bangkok. From dense night markets, to exploration, to park visits, you will never be bored during your stay here. On one of our first nights here, we enjoyed a Muay Thai (or Thai boxing) fight, where there was never a dull moment.

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Our students got to learn Muay Thai too!

It is no lie that Bangkok is host to a number of spectacular temples. One of these temples is Wat Pho, one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, which happened to be directly in front of the hotel we stayed at during our time in Bangkok. This temple is home to the Reclining Buddha, a whopping 46 meter (150 foot) long depiction of the Buddha laying down during his final stages of life. This temple is not only home to important Buddhist history, it is also architecturally beautiful; one of the most amazing human creations I have ever seen with my own eyes.

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Josh and Jacob with Field Advisors Jeff and Moriah

Bangkok is one of the greatest cities I have ever had the pleasure of traveling to in my entire life. I would consider it a must see for anybody that happens to catch the travel bug, and thankfully, Winterline was able to provide this for their students!