Adapting to new surroundings in Germany: Conquering the transition

Adapting to new surroundings in Germany: Conquering the transition

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AGS Worldwide Movers understands the struggle of moving somewhere new. In this article, they offer a few tips to help you overcome the challenges of settling down in Germany.

Moving to a new country comes with many complexities to manoeuvre, making the transition into a new environment a challenging experience. From adjusting to the culture and climate, finding employment and housing, to learning the language and familiarising yourself with local customs, settling into a different environment can be an overwhelming process. Here are some tips to make the most of it.


To prepare for your upcoming journey, it's essential to familiarise yourself with the new area where you'll be living. This involves researching the local weather and terrain, comparing the climate to your hometown, exploring nearby transportation routes, finding stores for supplies, and getting to know nearby nature trails. Being organised beforehand will ensure a smoother transition to an unfamiliar place.

If you're considering living abroad, it's essential to gain a better understanding of the country's way of life. One approach is to go on a vacation and wander around, explore different food options and learn about cultural customs, trying to approach the whole experience with an open mind. Alternatively, conducting comprehensive research on the topics mentioned above is also beneficial. 

Additionally, make sure you are well-informed about the country's laws, policies, and any necessary documents or permits required for working and residing in Germany.

Give yourself time to adjust

The first step towards overcoming challenges when settling into a new environment is allowing yourself enough time. It takes time to adjust and become accustomed to a different culture, so don’t rush yourself during the transition period. Give yourself permission to take things slow and don’t try to immerse yourself in everything all at once; this will only add pressure and make the process more difficult than it needs to be.

Language plays a central role in any successful relocation and it’s important that expats take steps towards learning German before they arrive in the country if possible. Knowing even basic conversational German can go a long way when trying to socialise with locals or asking for directions on public transport – basic phrase books are great for memorising key words and phrases quickly! 

Learning some German also gives expats an appreciation for the language, which can help them understand about local culture more quickly than without any language knowledge at all!

Seek social support 

It can be incredibly helpful for expats who are struggling with their relocation experience due to loneliness or homesickness to seek out social support from others going through similar experiences. 

There are many meet-up groups specifically dedicated towards helping expatriates settle into their new environment while connecting them with like-minded people in Germany – these groups create invaluable networks allowing members to share experiences and advice on living abroad while making new friends at the same time!

Moving abroad can undoubtedly be intimidating, but with AGS Movers Germany you don't have to worry. They will take care of the entire process for you, so that all you need to focus on is adjusting and familiarising yourself with your new environment. Get a free quote today and have a stress-free move with AGS Movers Germany.



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PaulMyles2 12:34 | 6 July 2023

When buying a property, don't make the mistake I did by listening to German advice that you won't need a property survey because the law protects you against wrong seller claims. It doesn't! It is virtually impossible to prove the seller deliberately duped you and remember a German estate agent can be as big a scum-bag as you'll meet anywhere else in the world.