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Learn the Language When Moving Abroad, Expert Advises

There are many preparations that need to be undertaken when people decide they are moving to France, moving to Belgium or heading anywhere else to live.

Writing on Tips from the T-List, blogger Nellie Huang noted that one of the most important things individuals can do is to learn the language of the country they are going to live in.

According to the expert, who is herself a seasoned traveller, this is “essential”.

She commented: “It helps you adapt to the new environment, make friends easily and integrate into [the] community.”

While many people wait until they reach their destination before signing up to an intensive language course, it can be advisable to start the process in advance as this can help make the moving process easier, she suggested.

However, the advantage of taking lessons in the country itself is that individuals are constantly talking to locals and this means they can pick things up quicker.

As well as learning the language, those moving to France, moving to Belgium or heading to other locations should make an effort to join in with the local communities, Ms Huang went on to suggest.

She remarked: “Arriving to a new country alone can be daunting. You seriously do not want to be faced with the question, ‘What am I doing here?’. The best way to get over your initial homesickness is to meet new people and make some friends.”

Going online to discover any groups that are designed to help new people meet each other can assist with this, she pointed out.

Meanwhile, exploring the area and being curious is also beneficial, the expert claimed.

These days, the process of relocating to France or another foreign country may be less daunting than it was in previous times because of the ease of communication afforded by the internet, mobile phones and other technological advances. These allow people to stay in regular contact with loved ones who are situated at home.

Living Abroad Can be ‘Addictive’

Moving to Germany, moving to Switzerland or heading to any other country can be a rewarding experience, it has been noted.

According to a Shelter Offshore article, there is something enchanting about living abroad.

It stated: “The one thing that is … universally true is that when you’re established abroad you discover that most of your fellow expats feel the same as you, and almost no one is in any rush to return to the UK.

“I would even go as far as to say that ‘once an expat, always an expat’ because there really is something addictive about living abroad.”

The news piece went on to claim that once an individual has gone through the challenge of establishing a new life abroad, they know they could do it again if necessary.

“This puts fire in the expat belly and inspires them to move forward and never look back,” it stated.

The article went on to suggest that those who are thinking of moving to Germany, moving to Switzerland or to anywhere else should be warned there may be no going back because once they are in a foreign country, they will discover the “grass really can be greener”.

However, it went on to note that it takes a particular kind of person to make the transition successfully. They have to want to do it, the news provider noted.

When individuals make the decision to live in another country, there are many issues they must deal with before setting off. For example, they will need to sort out accommodation, research the area they will be staying in and make sure all their tax and other financial affairs are in order.

Also, it is advisable for them to take note of the healthcare services available in the area and, if they have children, to find out what sort of educational facilities are available.

Belgian Bliss

Moving to Belgium is easy with European Removal Experts. We have all of the requisite expertise and professional acumen to make your move proceed smoothly and efficiently. Don’t forget, European Removal Experts can safely transport all of your prized possessions from anywhere in the UK to Belgium. So, therefore, even if you are moving to Belgium from as far afield as Ireland or Scotland, please do not let our London location discourage you. We are delighted to help our Celtic cousins move to this land of strange and fascinating statues, steak and chips, mussels, and delectable chocolate.

Brussels is a seat of power in Europe and also has a surprisingly lively nightlife, permeated with bars clubs and diverse attractions for every taste. We are sure that you will enjoy the entire process of relocating to Belgium, especially if you entrust your removals requirements to European Removal Experts.

Additionally, we are acutely aware that many British Citizens have second homes in Belgium and frequently require courier services and part load services for single items, paperwork or a small number of possessions. So, even if you are not moving to Belgium permanently, we can ensure that any correspondences and removals, no matter what size or scale, are delivered from your doorstep in the UK straight to your home on the continent. We offer a weekly removals service which cater for your every requirements, so please do not hesitate to contact us today for expert advice and guidance.

European Removal Experts are the premium purveyors of Removals Services from all UK locations to every location on the continent.

Swiss Clockwork

If you are moving to Switzerland, European Removal Experts can guarantee that our comprehensive professional removal service works like clockwork. Precision, timing and reliability are the hallmarks of Swiss timepieces, but are also synonymous with the bespoke removals services offered by European Removal Experts.

Many expatriates embrace the opportunity of relocating to Switzerland, a nation of breathtaking scenery with a unique blend of cultures, languages and traditions. The Swiss speak French, German and Italian and elements of all of these rich cultures combine smoothly in this beautiful part of the world.

European Removal Experts has helped many Brits put their minds at ease once they have decided that moving to Switzerland is a wise decision.We offer part load deals where your items will travel alongside those of other customers, or full load options where the entire vehicle is dedicated to your needs. We are confident that before you know it, you will be enjoying some delicious Swiss chocolate on the ski slopes as you fiddle with the blades of your Swiss Army knife and gaze at the natural wonders of the Swiss Alps.

Please take a look at our website today for our many versatile and flexible removals options. The only thing which we never compromise on is the quality of our services. We take pride in providing simply the best removals service available from the United Kingdom to any location in Europe.  Moving to Switzerland is made easy with European Removal Experts: the whole process will run as smoothly as a premium Swiss timepiece.

Aaaargh! Culture Shock!

Culture shock is a bit like regular shock – sometimes you can’t identify it once you’re suffering from it, which makes it very hard to cope with.

Signs
Writing “symptoms” felt a little contrived, as culture shock isn’t really a disease or mental illness, more just a feeling of being lost, out of your depth (remember trying to put your foot down in a swimming pool and having that moment of utter panic as you gurgled and spluttered under the surface?), isolated or simply unable to grasp onto any little culture-related life-raft like familiar road signs or Marks and Spencers. Don’t’ panic though; culture shock is only temporary, so moving to France, moving to Switzerland, moving anywhere can become home with a little patience.

Coping
Culture shock is very much fear-based – the shock of the new and unfamiliar. Upon relocation (moving to France, Germany etc.) people tend to split into two groups – those who embrace the new culture over their own, and those who reject it and try to keep their own country alive. Neither of these is the right or wrong choice. Allowing you and your family to each develop your own tactic for dealing with a great move is crucial.

Of course the best way to cope is to be prepared. For example, when moving to Switzerland, have everyone take an interest in the new culture –the food, the hobbies, what the schools tend to look like, what are the common modes of transport, how do you swear in Swiss-German?

The important thing is to be patient, brave and regain control.

Amsterdam-age

Apparently teenage dreams are hard to beat. It’s doubtful that your teenagers are dreaming of a move to Holland; uprooting and leaving their friends, schools and social life completely behind. But if a great move is on the cards for your family, here’s a little juicy information about Amsterdam to reassure your kids that moving to Holland doesn’t have to be all about clogs and tulips!

Getting Around
The Dutch love bicycles. Simply put, Holland is quite flat so cycling is easy. Cycle paths are numerous and well-used, vehicle drivers are polite, and bicycles are inexpensive. Similarly to Japan, cycling around both your hometown and cities is a common form of transport.

Language
Moving to Holland brings you and your family up against that whole language barrier issue, against which we Brits generally panic and behave like a little group of clucking hens (mostly through embarrassment) until someone speaks to us in English and is they become our new best and most trusted friend. The fact is that the lovely folk of Amsterdam, on the whole, speak some English. Signs, warnings etc are usually written in English too, so the kids aren’t going to feel like they stick out more than giant alien spiders on their adventures.

Exploring
Entertainment, clubs, music venues, shopping, street fairs, nice big parks to hang out in and moan about society – Amsterdam is very, very much a city for the young. Of course the standard museums etc (are actually anything but standard) exist for you too. Reassuring your teenagers that relocating to Holland is exciting is crucial to everyone’s happiness, so… pre-move trip to Amsterdam anyone?

European Attractions

Moving to a new place is daunting etc, but really the best option is to pull your finger out, remind your fretful emotions just how many people would kill to be in your foreign shoes, and go exploring!

Germany
Relocating to Germany is going to give you wonderful access to, amongst other things, some of the best castles in the world. “Neuschwanstein” is arguably the most famous. King Ludwig II designed this flamboyant castle in 1869. In a lovely little fit of eccentricity he employed a theatre set designer instead of an architect. Upon moving to Germany, could you do the same?

France
The French Riviera (Cannes, Nice etc.) is astoundingly beautiful and relaxing. A trip over to the island of Corsica is primarily a popular French jaunt, reminiscent of the way we view somewhere like Cornwall – relaxing, inviting and stunning.

Holland
Moving to Holland is perhaps one of the lowest culture shock risks within Europe. Amongst the history of clogs, windmills and tulip fields, new Dutch culture is blossoming marvellously. Art and music festivals like “Festival aan de Werf” in Utrecht are amongst the most contemporary and unique in the world. The Dutch love festivals – flowers, marches, music, films, clothes, windmills, arts, bicycles – everything has its own celebratory event. Maybe your move to Holland will inspire them to throw a festival in your honour!

Belgium
Cities like Brussels and Antwerp are as chic as they come. The architecture, culture and people are classic and inimitable thanks to the influences of Belgium’s neighbouring countries.

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out!

Relocating to Belgium? Moving to France? Wherever you’re off to, in all the frantic hubbub of the move, it can be difficult to hear the feeble whispers of those UK loose ends over the excited rambunctiousness of relocating somewhere fantastic!

Whether you intend to return to the UK or not, it simply makes sense to get your affairs in order before you leave.

Practicalities

Utilities – Your utility providers need to know the residential state of your home (if you have one) whether you rent it out, leave it empty, or have a friend/relative living in it rent-free. Furthermore, your mortgage provider needs to be kept in the loop too.

Health – Doctors and dentists are busy people, so don’t waste their time. Moving to Belgium etc. doesn’t mean you can’t be registered with most of your original health services in the UK.

Post – Redirecting your UK mail is crucial to cover those unforeseen notifications of various types.

Tax and Paperwork

P85 – This notifies the tax authority that you’re leaving the country, and helps ensure you’re taxed appropriately for your location.

R105 – This will prevent your savings being taxed by both the UK and your new country.

Pension – Applying for a pension forecast/update is a sensible idea, especially if you’re likely to be out of the UK indefinitely.

Will – Making a will might feel like casting a morbid shadow over the fun of moving to France etc, but it’s really just a prudent plan to cover the more unpleasant possibilities.

Let’s Go Dutch!

So, you’re moving to Holland. At European Removal Experts, we applaud your decision! Whether you are moving to Holland to experience the unique culture, to immerse yourself in the world-famous Dutch electronic dance scene, to be able to attend every Ajax home match or because of a more commercial yet equally positive reason such as joining a new job, meeting a friend or setting up a new business, European Removal Experts are your best choice for the safe and secure removal of all of your important furniture, documents, electronic equipment and household items.

We have vans and trucks with various storage capacities, so no matter how many of your possessions are winging their way over to Holland, you can rest assured that our highly-trained staff and fully insured vehicles will ensure that they arrive safely. We can imagine that there are many benefits in relocating to Holland: a more relaxed and stimulating culture perhaps, a vibrant arts scene and some beautiful natural scenery. Whatever your reason go for moving to Holland, European Removal Experts can guarantee that our professional service will allow you to make a smooth transition and blend seamlessly into the fabulous Dutch culture.

Here at Europe we wish you every luck in your new life, country and home. However, we understand how daunting moving home can be and we aim to make this process as simple for you as possible. So, please phone us for friendly advice and an instant quote today, and let’s all go Dutch with European Removal Experts!

Some Facts About Moving to Switzerland

If you are planning to move abroad to a country within the European Union, you will be aware that this is a relatively straightforward thing to do. The rules on moving around the EU mean that relocation from country to country is made as easy as possible for those who come from the member states. This is connected to the charter of the EU which promise the free movement of people, goods and services within the Union. But if you are moving to Switzerland, this could be difficult.

The rules on immigration for those who are planning on moving to Switzerland are very strict, and your nationality is important when it comes to making a decision about whether you will be allowed to move permanently. Citizens of the fifteen pre-2004 European Union member states and of the various European Free Trade Association countries face fewer restrictions than citizens from the rest of the world.

It may seem harsh, but the reality is that it is almost impossible for non-EU nationals to find work in Switzerland unless they have something to offer the state. The only way a non-EU national can find work in the country is if they are highly qualified and able to perform a job that no Swiss person can do. Having said that, if a non-EU national has a couple of million pound in the bank, they will be welcomed with open arms!

It’s also worth noting if you are planning on moving to Switzerland that without a job arranged in advance, you cannot take up residence.