Going to a new city for a new travel assignment can be challenging but also exciting! If you can shake the fears attached.
So how do you deal with any last-minute jitters that might accompany you on your trip?
Of course, every person is different. Nobody can tell you specifically what to eat, what to wear or what's going to work best for you when you move. However, there are some general steps you can take to help you feel more relaxed and at home when you arrive at your new destination.
Get There Early
If possible, get to your new city or state a few days before your travel assignment begins. This is extremely important for some people to make them less anxious and more prepared for the new journey ahead of them.
When you get there early, you can take time to become immersed in your new “home”. Sample the cuisine, get a lay of the land or even meet some new people before getting down to work.
You can also take the necessary time to figure out where your staple shops are – like the grocery store, convenience store or pharmacy – and what's going to be most convenient for you on a day-to-day basis.
Be sure to have everything you need. That way, you can feel like you're still in your regular routine rather than scrambling to resurrect some semblance of your former life. That starts with enough clothes to fit all types of weather and a cosmetic and hygiene kit, but it also means bringing items of sentimental value as well as all the electronics and chargers you'll need. Don't skimp on the time you spend preparing to move, or you might regret it later.
Walk the Route
When you get to your destination, take time to go through the motions of a typical work day. Maybe even rehearse or do a dry run. Walk or drive to the places you'll be visiting day in and day out. Your mind will get used to the experience, and you'll feel confident and collected when it's finally time to go.
Talk to People
One of the easiest ways to get new assignment jitters is to avoid talking to people until you absolutely have to. Yes, it might be more comfortable in the beginning but it's setting you up for a real roller coaster ride.
Get past the unknowns by putting yourself out there as soon as you arrive. Try your best to make friends -- even if you start by talking to coworkers about directions or what kind of food is best in the area.
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