‘Citizen of the World’ is a term usually used to describe someone who subscribes to a globalized culture – that is, someone who views national boundaries as irrelevant to what they believe. But the growing popularity of the term is, itself, a reflection of the ease with which we can now relocate our lives.
100 years ago, emigrating could mean never seeing your family again; it could mean starting from scratch in a new place, looking for a new job, after weeks of travel. Today, the reality couldn’t be any more different.
The rise in availability of cheap air travel means that most people can travel anywhere they want for less than a month’s wage. And it can almost always be done in as little as a single day.
What’s more, rapid advancements in technology over the last ten years means people can be in touch wherever and whenever they are – whether that’s through messages sent on Facebook, or video calls on Skype.
This means families can see each other everyday, even if they’re split up around the world. And it means you don’t have to wait until you get to a new country to go job hunting – C.V.’s can be sent, Skype interviews taken place, and offers accepted, all before you even set foot in your new home.
Despite all this, moving is still hard.
The stress factor in moving home
In 2015, a poll of 2,000 people found that moving home was the most stressful ordeal UK residents could experience. Tied for second place were “relationship breakdown, divorce, and starting a new job”. Why is moving so difficult?
According to the research, two major fears people faced were misplaced furniture, and the realization that furniture didn’t fit into their new homes. Compound these factors with the kind of major life upheaval that overseas relocation involves, and it’s easy to see why some people are still scared to go global in search of the perfect home.
Social worries – like whether you will make friends, pick up the language, and understand the local customs (what to wear, where to go) – can be a cause for concern. So can professional concerns: no one wants to walk into a new job on the other side of the world and find they don’t fit in.
And, of course, those same things that worry you when you’re just moving down the road – broken or missing furniture, lack of space in your new place – take on even greater significance if you’re changing nations. Tracking things down is hard enough without country borders and hundreds of miles getting in the way!
You’re not alone
A good removals company understands how difficult moving overseas can be. And, while we can’t teach you a new language or explain foreign table manners, Relocations does everything in its power to make the move as stress-free as possible.
Because we deal with a high volume of international moves, we have systems in place to make sure your bad dreams remain just that: dreams. We take extra care in packing up your goods, and are well trained in the kind of protection they need to travel to new territories.
We also maintain rigorous managed inventories, ensuring that we know (and have agreed with you) exactly what’s gone where, and what condition it was in when we picked it up. And yes, of course we have insurance to cover any problems that may arise.
What’s more, we maintain a network of top quality partners in multiple regions of the globe that means we can get your goods wherever they need to go – from Jersey to Italy to America to New Zealand, and anywhere else that might apply.
We deal with all these people regularly, meaning you won’t have to sign any other agreements (we sort out the whole thing as one move, with Relocations as your provider), and the people in charge of your goods will be thoroughly vetted by an expert, local, team.
Moving to a new country has its difficulties. At Relocations, we try to make sure as few of those difficulties as possible are to do with the “moving” part. When it comes to the “new country” part, well, that’s up to you!