Moving to another country is no easy task. It requires foresight, planning, and of course money. When it comes to moving to the USA from Japan, things can become even more complicated. The culture shock and differences can be overwhelming, but they don’t have to be. You can take steps before your move out of Japan to reduce stress and enjoy the process of international moving from Japan much more.
Make finding a new home your top priority
Whether you’re moving into a new apartment or buying a home after moving from Japan, it’s very important to find the perfect cozy spot before you make your big move. This is a major transition, so it is crucial to find a place where you can fully relax and be yourself. It will take time for it to feel like home, but if you like where you live you’ll be much happier in the long run.
Think of creative ways to make new friends
Since it is very unlikely you’ll have friends right from the get-go, you’ll have to get creative with finding someone to hang out with once you arrive in the USA. You can get started on this process before you actually move from Japan by joining online groups, blogs, and forums. Once you arrive, join a meetup group or organization that resonates with you to meet people in your area. The key is to stay open minded and to enjoy the process of making new friends.
Make an effort to get to know the culture
Let’s face it, the USA is not an Asian culture. However, that doesn’t have to be a negative thing for you and your family. Rejoice in the opportunity to make new friends and to learn about the way they do things. From eating to exercising to relaxation, virtually everything will be different and it is up to you to familiarize yourself with the changes. Don’t expect anyone to reach out to you to show you the way. Read up on the culture, especially the culture of the area you’re moving to, and embrace the changes headed your way.
Learn about local transportation options
If you’re moving to a city like New York City or to a mid-western city like Chicago or St. Louis, learn about the transportation options available. Whether that’s buses, trains, walking or biking get familiar with how to get around your new city before you move. This will also give you confidence to navigate your new city without extra stress and hassle.
Professional moving organizations do indeed exist. Besides assistance to physically move your belongings, you also need help in locating a place to live and possibly a job. Use a job locator resource to find a job that matches your qualifications. If you already have a job lined up, then you may need someone to guide you around the city and make the most of your surroundings.
Moving to the US will be an exciting time in your life, but it can be made even better with proper planning a bit of research.