Leaving the UK? Or returning to the UK?

Leaving the UK? Or returning to the UK? Relocating and expatriation doesn’t end when you land in your new chosen country.


Arrival in your new location is only the beginning.


Moving to another country is an exciting and challenging experience that requires careful planning, preparation, and research.

However, it can also be overwhelming and challenging, as you will have to adjust to a new environment, culture, and lifestyle.

By understanding the challenges and opportunities that come with settling in a new country, you can make the transition smoother and enjoy your new home to the fullest.

Remember, upon landing, it is only the beginning of a new adventure.


What to expect

Upon landing in a new country, there are several things that you can expect to go through, adjust, and take action on to make your transition smoother.

Culture Shock:

Culture shock is a common experience for people who move to a new country. It is the feeling of disorientation and confusion that occurs when you are exposed to a new culture and way of life. You may find that things are different from what you are used to, and you may feel out of place or homesick.

To cope with culture shock, it is essential to have an open mind, be patient, and try to learn as much as you can about the culture and customs of your new country.


Language Barrier:

If you are moving to a country where the language spoken is different from your native language, you may face a language barrier. It can be challenging to communicate with people, understand the rules and regulations, and navigate your way around the city.

To overcome the language barrier, you can enrol in language classes, use language learning apps, and try to practice speaking the language as much as possible.


Legal Procedures:

Moving to a new country involves legal procedures that you will need to go through, such as obtaining a visa, work permit, or residence permit. The process can be lengthy and time-consuming, and you may need to provide various documents and attend interviews.

It is crucial to research the legal requirements well in advance and prepare all the necessary documents to avoid delays and complications.



Finding suitable accommodation is an essential aspect of settling in a new country. You may need to find temporary accommodation until you can find a permanent place to live. It can be challenging to navigate the rental market, understand the local rental laws, and negotiate the terms of the lease.

To make the process smoother, you can seek the help of a real estate agent, research online rental platforms, and consult with expat communities.

You can also make use of Shires’ secure storage facilities, so that we look after your goods while you are sorting out your accommodation. This gives you the option to send for it later.



You may have relocated to another country without first landing a job. Finding employment in a new country can be challenging, especially if you are not familiar with the job market and local regulations.

You may need to update your resume, network with professionals in your field, and attend job fairs and interviews. It is essential to research the job market, understand the requirements and qualifications, and be open to new opportunities.


Health Care:

Accessing healthcare in a new country can be confusing, especially if you are not familiar with the healthcare system and insurance policies. You may need to register with a local healthcare provider, understand the coverage, and obtain the necessary vaccinations and health checks.

It is crucial to research the healthcare system well in advance and prepare for any health emergencies.


What positive steps can you take to adjust to relocating?

Adapting your normal and familiar expectations to meet your new experience can be daunting, even in the best location!

Adjusting to a new country can be challenging, but with the right mindset and approach, you can make the transition smoother and more enjoyable.

Here are some positive steps you can take to adjust and adapt to making a life in a new country:


Embrace the Culture:

One of the best ways to adjust to a new country is to embrace its culture. Be open to new experiences, try new foods, and learn the customs and traditions of the country. This can help you build a connection with the locals and feel more at home.


Learn the Language:

Learning the language of the country is a great way to break down barriers and connect with people. It can help you navigate your way around the city, understand the rules and regulations, and build relationships with the locals. Consider taking language classes or using language learning apps to improve your language skills.


Build a Support Network:

Building a support network in a new country can help you feel less isolated and provide a sense of community. Consider joining expat groups, attending local events, and networking with professionals in your field. This can help you make new friends, get advice on settling in, and find job opportunities.


Stay Active:

Staying active is essential for your physical and mental well-being. Joining a sports team or gym can help you meet new people, stay healthy, and combat homesickness.


Keep an Open Mind:

Keeping an open mind is crucial when adjusting to a new country. Be willing to learn, try new things, and be flexible when faced with challenges. Embrace the differences and find ways to adapt to the new environment.


Take Care of Yourself:

Moving to a new country can be stressful, so it is essential to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat well, and practice self-care activities such as meditation or yoga. It can also be helpful to stay in touch with family and friends back home for emotional support.


How long does it take to adjust and adapt when moving to a strange new country?

The time it takes varies from person to person and depends on several factors such as the individual’s personality, the culture shock experienced, and the level of support and resources available.

Some people may find it easy to adapt and feel at home in a new country within a few weeks, while others may take several months or even a year to feel fully settled. Culture shock, which is the feeling of disorientation and confusion when experiencing a new culture and way of life, can be a significant factor that affects the adjustment period.

However, research suggests that on average, it can take around 3-6 months for an individual to adjust to a new country and feel comfortable with their new surroundings.


Adjusting is not always in a straight line!

The adjustment process is not always linear, and individuals may experience ups and downs throughout the journey. It is essential to stay patient, open-minded, and seek support when needed. Joining expat communities or taking language and cultural classes can also help speed up the adjustment process.


How important is having familiar objects and furniture around one when settling in to a new and different country?

It can provide a sense of comfort and familiarity in an unfamiliar environment. However, the level of importance varies from person to person.

For some people, being surrounded by familiar objects and furniture can help them feel more at home and ease the transition. This may include personal items such as family photos, favourite books, and cherished possessions. It can also include familiar furniture pieces that have sentimental value or that make them feel more comfortable.

On the other hand, some individuals may prefer to start fresh and avoid bringing too many familiar items with them. They may see this as an opportunity to embrace a new environment and create a new sense of home that is unique to their new location.


Fresh Start. New Experiences.

It’s important to keep in mind that moving to a new country is an opportunity for a fresh start and to embrace new experiences. While it can be helpful to have familiar items around, it’s also important to be open to new things and adapt to the new environment. It’s a balance between creating a sense of home and embracing a new culture and way of life.


What difference can the right removals company make?

The right removals company can make a significant positive difference in ensuring a smooth relocation and settling in process. Here are some of the ways that Shires helps:

  • Professional packing: We provide professional packing services that ensure all items are packed securely and safely for transportation. This can help prevent damage to your belongings during transit and give you peace of mind.
  • Efficient transportation: We have experience and expertise in transportation logistics, which can help ensure that your belongings are transported efficiently and in a timely manner. This can help reduce the stress and uncertainty associated with moving.
  • Storage solutions: In case there is a delay in moving into your new home or if you need to store some items temporarily, Shires offer storage solutions that can make the transition smoother and more convenient for you.
  • Personalised service: We provide a personalised service tailored to your specific needs, taking into account your budget, timeline, and preferences. This can help ensure that the relocation process is as smooth and stress-free as possible.
  • Assistance with customs and paperwork: If you are moving to a new country, we provide assistance with customs and paperwork to ensure that your belongings are transported legally and without any issues.


Shires Removals EU makes a positive difference in ensuring a smooth relocation and settling in process.

By choosing us, you can make your transition to your new home, and country, as stress-free and smooth as possible.


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