Moving To Ireland: The Final Checklist
As electrifying and a ‘nail-biting’ experience it was to finally get the university enrollment from your target University at Ireland, leaving behind your loved ones will be easy. Undoubtedly, meeting new people, exploring the foreign sands, and soaking up the colourful culture is sensational! But the truth is that you are going to be leaving the people you love and the place you have grown up in. Moreover, you will have an entire shift in your lifestyle when you move to Ireland. The food changes, the culture is new, the time zones change. You need to be ready for it all.
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There are a few things that can make this switch as comfortable as possible. Let’s go through a few things that you should look into before you leave for Ireland.
1. Bank accounts
2. SIM card
3. Other records
Lastly, we would like to remind you of these: confirm that all the income tax records are clean before you depart. You must also check that the services like your Health/Life Insurances, Provident Funds, Credit Cards, Business Partnerships etc. are taken care of. You must ensure that either (i) You can still manage them abroad or (ii) delegate your authority to a trustworthy person in your home country or (iii) end/close it.
4. Education loan
5. Currency exchange
Apart from these ‘practical’ matters, you HAVE to ensure that a few basic needs are also taken care of.
6. Learn to cook
7. Do your shopping the right way
About 70 kgs. allowance will be given for all the items you need for a pleasant stay in Ireland. Be smart in packing & in deciding what is needed and more importantly, what is unnecessary to be carried across the seas.
8. Install useful mobile apps
Lastly, we all have our emotional connections with our family, our friends, our home, our country. Leaving our homeland is creates a void which is hard to fill. Here are some tips to work on it.
9. Eat whatever you want. If any person tries to lecture you about your weight, eat them too!
Come on, guys — major issue, especially if you are a foodie. You will miss the tadka and the masalas used in Indian food! Everything, from your faaavourite snacks to your mom’s tempting dinner, will be just a memory. Once you are in Ireland, your food habits will change a lot. Eating with a fork and knife becomes customary and placing a napkin on your lap becomes an involuntary action. Unless you are a good chef, you will have to settle for a bland, less spiced culinary experience. So sit back, relax and go easy on your diet for now. If you’re a fitness freak, it is alright. You can start working out as soon as you land in Ireland. But do not miss out munching on your favourite snack when it is still possible. No country can match the taste of the Dosas, Butter Naans, Carrot Halwa or the Paneer Makhani made at our homeland :’)
10. Spend time with your family; get your personal things 'in order'
Your family has been with you in every struggle and every victory of your life. Mom’s care, dad’s stern looks, brother’s nagging or sister’s toys. Spending time with your family always made your day complete. But now, when you move away, you will be missing your family a lot. So spend as much time with them. Sit down and talk to them about your future plans and goals. Talk to them about their concerns and get all your personal issues sorted out before you make a move. You will not get back the opportunity to sit and talk with them for a long while. Assure your family that you will keep in touch and take their blessings before you leave.
11. Spend time with your best friend
If you are lucky to arrive in Ireland with someone alongside, that’s great! Having nobody around to share your happiness and sadness with, you will find yourself longing for a good companion. Take some time off now and have some great time with your best buds. Go ahead, do all the crazy things you had planned. These moments may take a while to come again. Click as many photos. Record crazy videos. But make sure to spend enough time with them and leave on a good note.
12. Hold your heart and bid the final farewell!
Goodbyes are not easy. Not only does your farewell extend to the people close to you but to all the other things that were a crucial part of your life till now. This farewell goes to your homeland too! You will never to see your motherland the same when you come back home. So be thankful for everyone and everything that has been in your life, and bid farewell with a warm smile.