Relocating anywhere in the world brings a unique set of challenges with it. In many of my articles, I mention the difficulties of making friends, learning a new language, and getting used to new surroundings as some examples of the many issues to expect.
Moving to New York has its own unique set of expectations and shifts to deal with. For example, if you live in a house, and you’ve never experienced apartment living, you’re in for quite a change! Having neighbors above, below, and next to you, and potentially thin walls between you, will create an entirely new dynamic. And, the rental market in New York is unlike any you’ve experienced in the world – realtors (both good and crazy), fees, neighborhoods. Figuring out how to even begin looking for an apartment is likely to make you feel like a fish out of water. There are many elements to consider before deciding on an apartment you’ll be happy with.
Getting around The Big Apple represents another set of complications. There are many different methods of transportation- subway, bus, taxi, limo, shuttle – and unlike some countries, there isn’t an electronic panel in the subway system to help you understand when the next subway is coming, or even how to logically get from where you are now, to where you want to go. On top of figuring out the navigation of the subway, there are some crazy rules that could leave you with a huge fine, or arrest if you aren’t aware of them. (Pleading that you’re from another country and weren’t aware of the rules will most likely NOT get you out of a fine unfortunately!)
Then the pace of life here is, well, impatient, and you need to keep up. There are so many social opportunities your head will spin trying to figure them out, and connecting with people takes a while. If you plan on dating in New York, we have our own set of unwritten rules that foreigners find extremely complicated to grasp, and are very important if you plan on meeting a special someone.
The key to navigating all these changes is to prepare for them in advance. Once you know what to expect, and how to get around, your transition process will go much more smoothly.