It was time for a change. I wanted a new environment, new adventures and a new career.
I was over the cold and damp winters of Ireland and craved 300 days of sunshine a year.
So I decided to move, it was time to take my Irish charm international. I made the decision to relocate to Malta.
Since arriving, there have been many challenges and rewarding experiences. I wanted to share my top 5 tips for relocating to a new country and how to make the most of your new home.
1. Have any doubts? Take the leap
Your hometown isn’t going anywhere. Your friends and family will be there waiting for you to visit. Take that risk – what’s the worst that can happen? You don’t like it? You move back.
So if the chance to relocate arises, take it! It doesn’t come around very often.
2. Immerse yourself in the culture
Explore your new surroundings.
Try the local food and drink, as much as some things might take you out of your comfort zone, especially local ‘delicacies,’ give it a go. You may love it.
Also, I find getting involved with the local sports teams is a great way to immerse yourself. Go watch a game.
You can also attend local events and pop into your local bar, these are all excellent opportunities to meet new people.
3. Be sociable
Don’t hide in your flat.
If you stay at home every night, you aren’t fully experiencing your new environment. Go out and get involved.
When your work colleagues or a new friend invite you somewhere, say ‘yes.’ It’s a great chance to meet others and expand that new and growing social circle.
4. Enjoy being “The foreigner”
Take advantage of being the ‘mysterious’ foreign person.
Most people are interested in hearing about where you’re from and what it’s like there, and it’s a very easy story to tell. Plus, you have a different and ‘cool’ accent, milk it.
5. Take a trip home once or twice a year
Visiting home allows you to see friends and family and be part of the familiar again. It’s always great to catch up now and again with friends and family, while eating all your favourite foods you missed while abroad.
Plus, it’s an excellent chance to gloat – talk about the amazing sunshine and your new home. But after a few days, you are reminded why you decided to move aboard in the first place and suddenly, you can’t wait to get back to ‘home.’
Check out the 5 best reasons to live in Malta.
This post was written by Steve Murphy, Recruitment Resourcer at Red Executive