What's been the most difficult aspect of relocating to a different country?
I guess the biggest adjustment was learning to drive on the right (wrong) side of the road!! But so far (touches wood) I haven't killed anybody
Packing & unpacking is the worst !& missing people.
Have moved from Wales to NZ- to Aussie - NZ - to Wales back to Australia otherwise it is fun to explore new places!
If you moved to a country with a diferent language that would be hard.
Only had holidays in places like that in Europe.
Doing groceries. Nothing is where you expect it would be! It's really the little things like that which can trip up someone, because you're only really expecting to see differences in the 'big things' in life, not in smaller things like groceries.
Food and Language
If you are cooking yourself, it's difficult to find source at the beginning. You need the basic local language if English is not spoken.
Being away from those who you are used to seeing all the time. Being away from family, knowing it will take time to get there if something happens and that you cannot be there for everything.
I feel children's education gets affected by relocating to another country, and getting adjusted to the new place and people will take its own time.
I moved from Canada to the USA when I was a teen. The most difficult thing was probably missing everyone back home. I did however find school a piece of cake as it was a lot easier in the states. I since have moved back to Canada though.
I agree with Giselle Maine
After living in USA for almost 25 years, I decided to go back to my country Colombia for a year or so, to show my kids where I grew up. It was in Santa Marta, a beautiful and small city by the caribbean. A wonderful experience for all of us.
But oh my God! Did I miss my supermarket? Uff!. I pictured myself entering the vegetables and fruits area of the Winn Dixie in my neighborhood!.. PRICELESSS!.
I must say I love the food over there, but here in USA you find a lot more variety and quality.
Another thing was driving. It was in the same direction, but with dozens of motorcycles around you and all the cars honking at the same time.
Every little thing that you can imagine! I think it is the psychological part of just thinking that every little thing that you are used to is suddenly going to change from the weather, the atmosphere,the culture,food,clothing,transportation,language and communication,finances. And next is the emotional aspect of convincing yourself to settle in the idea of relocating to a different country you are unfamiliar with.
Relocating to a different country means that you need to adaptation with a new environment. I think it's the hardest parts. Adaptation here is includes languange, law, and many more.
I am that kind of person who understand your question. I have experienced these types of difficulties myself..
I considered myself a person who can live anywhere...
And the main problem I had is Language.
But it's not so much about the ability to communicate on daily basis as I knew English pretty well.
It's the ability to SPEAK IN YOUR OWN LANGUAGE. I missed it a lot until I met new friends from my native country )
Although I have only moved from England to Wales, I find the Welsh language very difficult to understand especially when I am having difficulty helping my son with his Welsh language homework. He has French and German on top of that, I don't think I could cope with all that!
To be honest, the most difficult thing for me was to buy stuff/groceries in the stores because they are so different and you are just used to your "normal" groceries that you feel a bit lost when you go for the first time into a big mall.
That I live in the most beautiful country of the world...
move all the things you want to carry with you and decide which one to be left behind. Yes. Packing and unpacking is tedious.
Find a house that suits you and furnish it, is another challenge and it is time consuming.
Get some new friends with whom you are comfortable with.
Be away from you usual food or ingredients that can allow you to prepared your food. After a while you need it.
If you are going outside Europe (like Africa) getting the work permit to be legal in the country it is not something obvious. Same applies for visas.
For me it's missing my family because I am very close to them. I have been living abroad since more than 4 years ago. It seems like homesickness is incurable!
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