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Relocating Abroad?

When you plan to move, it is always wise to make sure you have a checklist of things that need to be done. However, when moving abroad it is even more vital as there are a number of extra things to consider that you may never have had to think about when moving previously. Whether you are moving to France or the furthest point of Europe, the process will be very similar, although it is worth reading up on any specifics for the country you are moving to a long time in advance as moving to France may have slightly subtle differences involved compared to moving to Germany or Spain.

The trick is to start planning as early as possible as certain things may need to be put in place much earlier than they would for a move in the same country. For instance, you need to start deciding certain things many weeks before such as whether or not you will be keeping your car or buying a new one abroad. Also, make sure you get rid of the belonging you no longer want a long time before you even start packing.

The main differences in moving to Germany or the rest of Europe will come in form of documentation. You will need to work out what you are doing with your bank account and money, ensure you have all your passports present and correct and find out whether you need translations of items such as birth certificates.

You will also need to inform a much wider array of people that you are going abroad, so do your home work, and the rest of the process should be very straight forward.

Europe – The World’s Finest Cuisine

Of course great food is perhaps not the most pertinent factor for anyone considering moving to France or moving to Sweden; however, there is something comforting in knowing that your new home knows good food! Luckily, pretty much every European nation is well versed in the art of cuisine, with even notoriously non-gastro nations serving up world beating food nowadays.

Belgian Bites

Belgium is an incredibly culturally diverse place, with the capital Brussels being officially trilingual, this is well reflected in its cuisines and not only does Belgium offer over 800 kinds of beer, as well as delicious chocolate, but it also offers a unique haute cuisine, influenced by its French neighbours. This means that anyone moving to Belgium will discover not only an intriguing European culture but also world class food.

German Dining

Just like England, Germany has had to work hard to shake off its stereotype as one of the less gastronomical nations in Europe, and these days it is known for its truly cosmopolitan restaurant culture. Of course it still retains its unique food heritage, and some of the finest food you’ll find in Germany is based on traditional German dishes, such as Goulasch or roast wild boar.

French Finesse

Of course, if you do follow your stomach as much as your heart, then you may find it hard to resist relocating to France, and not only is it England’s neighbour, but it is also known as the gastronomical capital of the world, and is packed full of world beating restaurants such as Le Chateaubriand; and whether you’re moving to France for the cuisine or not, there is something comforting in knowing that your homeland knows how to cook and boy does France know how to cook!

Avoid Delays When You Move to Europe – Get Expert Help

Sometimes people get the itch to leave the UK and move abroad after a holiday somewhere sunny like Spain or Portugal. In some cases, a new job or a promotion might mean a stint somewhere exotic overseas or just a short hop away in Europe. Even if you are only relocating just over the channel, moving to Belgium or moving to Holland and you’re only a short boat or plane ride away, it won’t all be plain sailing. Remember you’re going to have to adapt to a whole new country with its quirks, traditions, legal system, language and culture.

In some parts of Europe you can find well established expat communities. Anyone moving to southern Europe to escape the harsh winters and inconsistent summers of the north will find plenty of Brits who have already done the same thing. This will help you to adjust, but don’t get too caught up in the expat scene or you might you not get to explore and enjoy life among the locals. In some countries it’s pretty different. Moving to Belgium or moving to Holland for example, you won’t find so many expats, but at least the natives speak pretty good English. Don’t use this as an excuse not to make an effort though with the local languages. You’ll get far more respect and enjoy a much richer experience by doing so.

Wherever you’re thinking about moving to in Europe, you’re going to need to find a removal company that can help you with the logistics of getting your belongings out to your new home. It’s a lot more complicated than just moving domestically. Shipping goods and possessions across international borders requires additional planning and paperwork. Specialist international removers can help you with the whole moving process, from packing up, through the form filling, to safe delivery of your possessions at the other end. Don’t leave anything to chance. The last thing you want is endless delays as you try to start your new life abroad.

Going Continental

There is a tendency in the UK to forget that we are a part of Europe, and whilst we like to celebrate our differences, there is a lot that binds us to the continent, whether its similar levels of development or more or less similar cultures. This makes moving to the continent especially rewarding, as whilst there are cultural differences that will make the move exciting, there is also plenty that we have in common that should make it that little bit easier.

If you are moving to France, for example, you’ll not only discover that Britain and France share very similar cultural interests, but that we also share some pretty impressive transport links, and whilst once we could quite rightly call ourselves an ‘island’ and Europe a ‘continent’ with the Eurotunnel we are definitely both physical and ideologically part of Europe.

Of course whilst we might quite like to lump all the nations on the continent together, there is a great diversity of cultures and languages etc on the continent. And there is, of course, a great difference in moving to France as there is in moving to Germany; for example, not only is the language markedly different, but so is the culture, landscape etc.

So, why move to the continent? Well its impossible to say, as the continent is like a world in itself and promises to offer a wealth of new experiences, new culture and happy memories, and whether your moving to France or moving to Germany it’s bound to be one of the most exciting decisions you ever make!

Crossing the Channel

It was once the case that where the English channel is now,  Britain and France where actually connected by a landmass; therefore we were once essentially one nation. This makes the decision to emigrate to France seem especially sensible, and it is still the case that we and the French share a lot in common, which should make moving to France not too daunting!

Anyone moving to France will immediately realise that whilst there are some obvious cultural differences, there is enough in common between France and England that moving shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. For example, you’ll find all of the high street stores, pretty much all of the food you know and love from England.

The proximity of France also means that if you ever do grow to miss the little idiosyncrasies of Grand Bretagne, you’re never a couple of hours away by Eurostar. This means that it is both practically and financially viable to have the odd weekend visiting your homeland – it’s just like the two nations are linked again!

Of course the beauty of moving to a different nation is that as well as the comforting similarities with your homeland, there is also a wealth of new culture and new experiences on offer. Anyone relocating to France in particular will be greeted by lots of wonderful cultural traits, such as world class art galleries and of course the food!

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.

Reality Bites

New country – new tasty explorations! The palette is a fickle thing, but few daily thrills compare to good food. Wherever you’re off to is bound to have a unique menu of oddities for your delicious judgement (except the USA, where everything is just… bigger!), and that are likely to be served in some eccentric restaurants!

Relocating to France
Snails! Ew! Has there ever been a different exclamation from a British person? Helix snails are perhaps the preferred snail in most French cuisine. The best snails are between three and four years old. In answer to any issues with their… digestive parts, the snails are strictly fasted for about two weeks before becoming your dinner to ensure all their tubes are clear of… you know!

Relocating to Belgium
You know about the fabulous chocolate of course. But Belgian restaurant concepts are fantastic and include “Dinner in the Sky” (eat whilst suspended with your table in the air!), a number of converted old planes, and the eccentric “’t Velootje” bar (the seats are all bicycles!)

Relocating to Switzerland
Swiss cuisine is influenced by its neighbours; it presents an eclectic old mix. As for restaurants, “Blinde Kuh” is basically Blind Man’s Bluff… but when eating. Dine in pitch darkness, in the care of experienced (usually blind) staff.

Relocating to Germany
Well they certainly love their themed restaurants in Germany! “Bollesje” (prisons theme), “Knoblauchrestaurant” (everything is made with garlic!), and I’m sure you can guess what the decoration theme is at “Klo” when that name is translated into English… “Loo”