Moving home can be both exciting and daunting. However, in these turbulent times, having confidence in your decision to move internationally is critical. The reason for relocating can also add extra significance to the move, whether related to a relationship, change in lifestyle or career. As well as those you’re moving with, which may involve children. In some instances, it may even involve a move back to your original destination. The psychological impact of moving internationally There’s truth in the adage “there’s no place like home”. How we perceive the world, our relationships, identity, career choices, and how we choose to raise our families are all affected by where we grow up. There is a flourishing interest among psychologists and academics in what is often termed the “psychology of place”. Research shows that a secure attachment to place increases well being, and the longer we stay in one place, the stronger our attachment to it. Finding your new happy place Where we live has a significant influence on how happy we are. Studies show that people feel attached to a place when they feel a sense of belonging. This attachment can increase our well being and lead to better health and a longer, happier life – what could be more important? So, if you’re happy where you currently live – and are relocating to a new country you’ll want to do all you can to ensure you’re as contented in your new home. If you’re moving with work, your employer may have asked you to move to a specific country but there may still be choices available, such as whether you live in the heart of a city or relocate to the suburbs or perhaps further afield. In order to make these decisions, you need to evaluate what makes you happy where you are now. Some love the city; others crave the countryside. It may not come down to a straight choice, as many cities have ample green spaces. For example, even though it has a population of over 5 million, 46% of Sydney is actually green space. If you’re being sent to a city, can you live in the suburbs and commute? Do you enjoy driving, or is robust public transport essential? Does your chosen destination meet your needs? Beijing, for example, is the world’s most populous city but offers superb transport, and all subway signs are in English as well as Chinese. Those who are moving to Beijing and want to immerse themselves in the local culture, for example, may wish to relocate to somewhere such as the Yonghegong Lama Temple area, which offers a mix of traditional and modern amenities. There is a lot of fantastic content online that can help you better understand your destination. However, if you have the budget and are considering a long-term or permanent relocation its always worthwhile visiting in person before you move. Questions to consider before moving No new location will tick every box, so it’s worth spending time thinking about what you need from a new place and prioritizing. Regardless of your reason for moving, our people at Crown Relocations are there for you at every step of the way; from research to relocation and even settling-in. We’ll of course do all we can to support the logistical and emotional needs of you and those moving with you. That’s why we’ve created our guide to helping you go knowing, relocate with confidence and start living when you arrive.