I recently did a Q&A session on my Instagram, and a lot of the questions I got, were about moving to London, the do’s and don’ts, as well as anxiety about moving. I thought I probably did not do a very comprehensive job answering those questions in 6 second videos, so here we are. An endless page for me to write about it all, and for you to ask anything else you would like to know.
I moved to London on a whim
Woke up one day and me and my boyfriend decided – we are moving. Looking back at this now, I cannot believe I did it. No research, no job, no flat – nothing. We had some savings but definitely nothing significant for setting up in fancy, shmancy London. And I think that was the secret, not thinking about it. The older you get, the more thoughts you start getting and the more fearful you seem to become of the unknown, and moving away from your comforts. However, you need to remember that sometimes, you just need to take a leap of faith, close your eyes and jump into the unknown.
Moving to London is tough
Yes it is. It is not an easy ride and I think you need to be mentally prepared when you move. Sometimes people seek to be told, it is all easy breezy and then they get disappointed once they figure out this was a lie. I am just being truthful with you. If you are just going to come here and try to figure it all out once you arrive, it will be tough in the beginning. But on the other hand it is all worth it. The city is magnetic, enigmatic and always changing. You can be whoever you want to be, experience whatever makes you happy and be in touch with the world from the comfort of your new town.
Getting there takes a lot of time and effort but it is worth it
I have lived in multiple countries throughout my life, rarely standing still for more than 5-6 years in the same place. London has yet been the toughest for me, and yet the most rewarding. Here is a personal fact, I cried every other day the first year or so after moving here. It was tough for me, it was cold and I missed my friends and lifestyle in chilled Malta.
Things are never perfect in the beginning
This is the mindset you need to have, coming here. It will take time, you will get there but the beginning might be tough. The important thing is that you do not give up because of the few challenges you face. People are friendly, generally willing to help. Maybe a little bit more reserved at first but once you get to know them, they are all sweethearts.
What’s the worst that could happen?
You can come, it does not work out – then you go back, or go somewhere new. Then you cannot be mad at yourself for never trying. Isn’t that the worst feeling – regret? Don’t call me out for being obnoxious and not considering that some people spend their life savings on coming here and it might be their only chance. I get it. I also get that in that case, one will be willing to work hard to make things happen, and in most instances that strategy does work out.
There are a lot of local or online communities that can help you in the start as well. So you won’t feel that alone. If needs be, you can always ping me a question. I hope this helped at leats bit. Have you packed your bags yet and bought that ticket? x