How you feel about this has a direct correlation to who you are and what previous life experiences you have had. It also has a great deal to do with your personality.
Your feelings about the move will also be influenced by people around you (your spouse, children, friends and parents), and your future location (is it close to, or far from the people you care about?). With so many variants, it is essential to get the right information and guidance before, during and after your move.
Needless to say, you will find that everyone will have an opinion about your move - positive or negative. And everyone will suddenly become an expert. Someone that has been to this country on holiday probably will try to advise you on relocation. Beware, no-one knows what you will think of this country or how you will feel while living there except you, once you have moved and tried it.
My name is Ilonka Slechte, I have been an expat all my life. I have lived in over 20 cities, more than 10 countries and 3 different continents in just over 40 years, and even I cannot tell you what will happen! What I can do is help you have realistic expectations, based on your background and your previous life experiences. I can also help you in a very practical way, advising you on which areas are nice to live in, help you find a home to rent and assist you with finding schools for your children. These are usually the main points that a relocation agent will help you with; and the more they have traveled themselves, the better they will empathize and coach you.
It is precisely due to my own life experiences that I chose to branch out from doing pure Real Estate to becoming a Relocation Agent and Expat Coach. After combining these two activities for a few years, I was given the opportunity in 2010 to merge Aurora Relocation with the already renowned agency EZ-Relocation, and have not looked back since. Based near Antwerp, we work for a number of large multinationals, as we can offer their expats the level of service that is so important on relocation.
We work with people from all over the world, but they all have one thing in common: they are all new to the country and in need of expert advice. Being a Relocation Expert (or guide on their journey) is incredibly rewarding as with all things in life - If you have the right guide any journey, however difficult, is made so much easier.