Relocating to a new role in a new country is a huge, exciting change. Your first Christmas in your new location adds a new dimension – to be embraced!

Here are our top tips to help you adjust to your new culture during the festive season:

1. Be Open-Minded

Different locations involve different cultures with their own celebrations and traditions. Throw yourself into the local festivities… it’s a great way of trying something different and meeting new people.

2. Bridge the Distance

Technology offers a wonderful way of keeping in touch with friends and family at home. Plan ahead so you know the best time to wish your loved ones a happy Christmas. Have something arranged for afterwards so that you don’t feel too alone afterwards, (see below for some ideas).

3. Plan to do Something You Enjoy

If most places are closed on Christmas Day (depending upon your location) use the time to catch up undisturbed on admin, or read hat book you’ve been meaning to read, or find a really good film to watch.

4. Homely Touches

Decorate your home so that you feel happy and relaxed. Display family photos, your traditional decorations, light scented candles… all the things that create a warm cosy, atmosphere.

5. Say Yes!

During the holidays, there will be local events such as festive markets or local gatherings. Accept any invitations to parties from your new neighbours and colleagues. Consider volunteering for a local charity. Getting involved with your local community is a great way of making new connections locally as well as keeping busy during the festive season.

“Christmas as a new assignee offers a great opportunity to embrace the local culture and make new friends,” explains Louise Chilcott, Global Move Specialist at BTR International. “A key part of our destination services is helping assignees to settle in their new location. This assistance can help individuals and their families to feel at home, fast, which is especially important during the festive season.”

Are you managing international assignments for your organization – or moving overseas yourself?  Contact Louise for an informal, no-obligation discussion. Email or call her on +44 (0) 1582 495495.

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