Some of you may have read the title to this piece and are thinking, “I’m only going down to road, how is that going to broaden my horizons”? The answer of course, will be it won’t! After all, you’re only changing the home you live in. The town will still be the same, the people you meet will be the same, and you’re more than likely still going to be working in the same place.
Notice the word “same”. For a lot of people, a change of scenery is the very last thing they want, or need, and this isn’t something that should be frowned upon. We’re all unique in our own way, and what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for someone-else.
However, if you fall into this bracket, and have just had a friend or family member tell you they’re off to pastures new, and this isn’t just a move down the road, but somewhere at the other end of the country, or indeed, another country entirely it’s probably come as a bit of a shock to you, there are all sorts of questions that spring to mind and the first one is probably why?
There are many answers to this question, and they all depend on the personal circumstances surrounding the person that’s moving. It could be that they have a young family and feel their children would be better off in another country in terms of education, and quality of life. It could also be that a couple wish to broaden their horizons, which can also include many “wishes”.
Perhaps they want a better climate? A cheaper standard of living or want to experience a new culture, whatever the reason might be it will be valid to those people personally. You see, people decide they want to move to a completely new place (usually abroad) because they want to see what life has to offer outside their own little box, so to speak.
Yes, it takes a lot of guts to do this, and a fair amount of stress is involved, but there are far more people that relocate abroad and stay there than those that decide to return to their home country. Many people worry about language when considering a move to a new country however, I’m living proof it can be done, and in fact, I will go so far as to say the best way to learn a language is by living in your chosen country.
Yet another reason people move abroad is for work, and this is something that will really broaden your horizons. Not only will you be able to immerse yourself in a new culture, you will also see how businesses are run. For instance, compared to the UK the “lunch” ethic in Europe is completely different.
Many companies won’t bat an eyelid at the fact you’re taking a 2 hour lunch, or more, if it involves a business meeting. In fact, it’s expected of you. Part of the reason for this is the climate. In Spain for example, July and August are not only the height of the fiesta (party) season, they’re notoriously very hot.
You should however, be prepared to start early in the mornings, and although you won’t be officially expected back to the office until late afternoon, many people work until at least 8pm.
A move, especially one abroad, really can broaden your horizons, and if you do intend to work, think what an amazing string to your bow this will be in terms of your C.V. and you’ll almost certainly have some great stories to tell as well!
Keith Barrett knows that it’s important to use an established European removal company, when seeking an international move. He also knows that moving to a new location can really have a positive impact on family life.