Last week, Elisa gave us her top ten tips for relocating to a new country. Here she delves deeper into tip number one.

Lately, I listed my top ten tips when relocating to a new country. So without further ado, let’s look a bit closer at tip number one – discovering the reasons behind your decision to move to a new country, and starting a whole new chapter of your life.

When you tell people that you have just moved from another country to study or work, one of the first things they always say is: “Oh well done! And why did you do that?” Well, there is not an easy and straightforward answer, and there is never one reason alone that led you to this decision. The mixture of motivations and feelings behind taking that big step can be stressful and nerve-wrecking. But I can’t even begin to list the reasons why making the decision to relocate to a new country is so worthwhile!

However, I do have to admit that some reasons are better than others. Right reasons (without any intention to sound patronising) can be, for instance, “I want to work in a foreign country and experience their way of working first-hand”, “I want to improve my language skills”, “I’ve always wanted to live abroad for a while”, “I want to prove to myself that I am capable of living on my own”, and so on.

If the idea of moving abroad comes from a feeling of “I just had a huge fight with my parents and I want to get back at them”, then you might want to reconsider your choice and think it through more carefully! Of course, nothing is written in stone, so if you regret your decision, there is always a way to come back. On the other hand, sticking to your plan will be so much more rewarding, so why not give it a try?

Have you ever thought about relocating to a new country?