Moving overseas as an individual
Making new friends quickly will be vital to ensure you feel at home as soon as possible and allow you to feel right at home when you relocate alone.
While at the planning stage, try to make contact with someone who has emigrated or is going through the process too – their personal experiences will be invaluable. It’s great to have someone to bounce ideas off and share the excitement. Perhaps colleagues in your new office can help or you may find a kindred sprit on expat internet forums. And don’t forget one in six Crown employees is an expat so we can fix you up with someone to share their knowledge.
When choosing a property you may want to consider an area favoured by young single people rather than be in a family-orientated suburb. Being close enough to work to enjoy after work entertainments easily is a good move.
If you’re sporty (or have aspirations to be so!) then sports clubs are a great way to meet new people. Team sports like tennis and cricket will be a better bet than a yoga class where everyone dashes off afterwards.
Doing volunteer work in your evenings and weekends will also keep you busy and give you further social opportunities.
Read more about Stella Hartley's experience of moving overseas on her own and how she's settled in since.
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