If you’re browsing the Winkworth website in the hope of finding a property for sale in Portugal, or another foreign country, it’s likely that one of the big reasons you haven’t made the leap just yet is the fear of impending homesickness.
After sorting through all the nitty gritty of finances and deciding on an area you’d like to move to, missing home is a big reason why people don’t leave their current address.
Combating homesickness is one of the only problems that expats face, but thankfully it doesn’t take much to nip it in the bud. One of the best ways to avoid missing family and friends back in the UK is to retain contact with them through the wealth of free technology that’s right at your fingertips. There’s no need to wish for a conversation with your loved ones when they’re available in an instant.
Get Creative with Videos
Not being able to see familiar faces everyday is one of the things you may miss when you first move abroad; if you have time in between all the fun you’re having that is. But if you’re worried about not being able to see your niece or nephew grow up, video is going to be your best friend.
Whether you want to harness the power of Skype or create some videos for your YouTube channel to entice your family to visit (although we don’t think they’ll need much persuading) using video will stop you from missing home.
Make Sure You Phone Home
Today’s smartphones are an amalgamation of potential ways to get in touch with loved ones. Installing WiFi in your property allows you to send messages on Facebook or WhatsApp at no extra cost, as well as call home using FaceTime audio or the audio only feature on Skype. Just a quick update via text will ensure that you enjoy every moment of your new adventure as you won’t be left wondering what everyone else is up to.
Just make sure that you have a sim card for the country that you’re in to avoid any unwelcome data charges!
Take The Old Fashioned Route
There’s no denying that receiving a hand written letter seems so much more personal and well thought out than other forms of communication, so consider sending one every now and then.
Make sure you have an address book before you leave so that your loving gesture is a complete surprise. Thinking about how much you enjoy your new way of life before putting pen to paper is guaranteed to make you feel on top of the world.
For more information, or to discuss moving to Portugal with an experienced member of our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 020 7870 7181 and we will be happy to answer any questions that you have.