We all know moving can be stressful, especially if you are moving to another country. Long-distance moves require a lot of mental preparation, you will be dealing with numerous emotions at the same time and it can all be overwhelming. There are a lot of ways to deal with the difficult emotions related to long-distance moves, several things you can do to shake some of the stress away and to feel more emotionally prepared for this step. You will need to start preparing on time, long before hiring a moving company, both mentally and practically. If you organize everything on time, you will not have to deal with last-minute problems and this will take away lots of stress.
To make sure you are prepared for the move you will need to know every single detail, you will need to organize your moving costs, find a new place, think about all of your belongings, paperwork, storage, and that is not all, what about mental preparation?
Our advice is to constantly remind yourself of the positive aspects of your move, remind yourself why you are doing this, read about your new country, find places you want to visit and learn about the culture. Talk with your friends and important people, say goodbye on time and make sure they know where and when they can visit. Most importantly, keep on planing your new life, try to stay busy for a few first weeks, find things to do in advance.
When all this is done and the moving day is near, you will need to relax, and what is a better way to relax then movie nights?
We prepared a list of several movies related to relocation and moving that will help you relax, make you laugh, prepare you for the unexpected things that can happen during a move. Watching these movies will help you learn what to do and what not to do, they will help you prepare emotionally and you will get the rest you need before the move while watching them.
Take a Look at Our List of Movies to Watch Before Moving to Another Country:
1. The Money Pit (1986)
This movie is about a young couple moving into the new house, thinking they got the deal of a lifetime, only to find out that the house needs some serious work. This movie will certainly make you laugh, it will teach you to do a lot of research before buying a house and it will show you that no matter how many problems, ups, and downs you may be experiencing, it can always be worse.
2. Moving (1988)
Arlo, the main character, accepts a dream promotion and needs to move to Idaho with his family. Soon he will learn that moving is not an easy thing to do. This movie will explain the importance of hiring professional movers. It will show you the importance of trusted moving companies that will work as professionals to ease your move. All the trouble that Arlo and his family went through because of the movers will make you think twice before hiring just anyone. Apart from that, this movie will also make you laugh.
3. Lost in Translation (2003)
This movie is not actually about moving itself, but it will help you understand how important it is to understand cultural differences before you move to another country. This movie will show you how different languages, surroundings, and traditions can affect you and the people you are moving with, it will also show you how it is possible to fall in love with a new culture. Lost in translation is a great movie to watch before moving to an unfamiliar and foreign environment.
Movies to watch with kids:
1. Max Keeble’s Big Move (2001)
The first movie on the list of movies to watch with kids before the move is Max Keeble’s Big Move. You should definitively watch this movie with your kids. It will make you all laugh, it will help you understand how stressful relocation can be on the children and it will show you that kids have their own things to be anxious about. Our advice is to watch this movie early enough, give your kids time to forget about some ideas that may occur to them while watching it.
2. Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
This beautiful movie will show you the importance of making new friends and will teach you to be there for your children after the move, because they may get really lonely. The movie is about a young girl who is struggling to find new friends after relocation, luckily, she meets a furry friend who will later help her meet other kids. This is one of the best movies for the whole family that will teach you and your kids a lot.
3. Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)
Cheaper by the Dozen is the perfect family comedy about moving with kids. The father of 12 children decides to move his family to another city because of the job opportunity and the movie follows the story of kids dealing with the move. Kids from age of four to sixteen react differently, so no matter how old your kids are you will get the idea of how they might react. This movie will make you laugh, it will teach you to talk with your kids about their feelings and fears and to make all to include your kids in important decisions.
4. Inside Out (2015)
Inside Out is an animated movie that perfectly explains the emotions inside of a child that has to deal with moving to the new city. This movie will help you understand your kids better, and it will help your kids to find a way to deal with to move with much more ease. A perfect family drama-comedy will guide you through the children’s emotional struggles, and it will show your kids that no matter how hard it seems at certain moments, it always gets better.
5. Up (2009)
Up is a moving-related movie mainly through aspects of nostalgia and finding a perfect place for future life. This is a family movie that will shake the stress away and show you how your home can be everywhere you want it to be.
6. Toy Story (1995)
The Toy Story has a special place on our list. The most important lesson to learn from this movie is not to forget any of your children’s toys during the move. This movie will make the whole family laugh.
There are several movies that can help you understand the culture shock that you may experience if you are moving to another country. They can also show you how to overcome the differences and start enjoying and embracing new customs. You should also watch foreign movies, from your target country, that will help you improve your language skills and get to know the culture.
Movies about culture shock:
Movie nights should not stop after you are all settled in. Make a list of the most popular and recognized movies from your new country, get snacks and enjoy the perfect nights at your new home.