6 Ways to Settle into a City

Moving to a new city comes with a great package; it can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. The idea of experiencing a new culture, meeting new people and expanding your professional network is thrilling.

However, moving to a new city is similar to moving to a foreign country. From finding a place to live to navigating the local transportation system, there are many moving struggles that one has to deal with.

There are plenty of settling tips online, and here we have picked some of the best ways to get comfortable in a new city. Let us talk about six ways to settle into a new town.

1.     Take a Walking Tour

A walking tour is a great way to understand your locality that also comes with a wide range of possibilities which will lead you to all your commercial needs. As you walk around, you will discover various landmarks, streets, routes, local transportation, etc.; it will help you adjust to your new environment and create a comfortable atmosphere.

Walking tours are very informative and an excellent opportunity to meet fellow adventurers and make new friends. Not only will you get to know the city’s rich history, but you’ll also gain insight into the local culture and traditions. Knowing your local area will help you understand where to go in time of need.

2.   Join a Local Group or Club

Joining a local group or club will help you meet new people with similar interests. It can be a great way to connect with locals and deeply understand your new area. It will also help you make new professional connections if you have moved in with a business motive.

For students who moved out of their homes to student accommodation, local groups and clubs make it easy for you to get involved with the locals, and you never know; you might find someone from your hometown. These groups and clubs often help you find a great roommate to share student housing with so you can have a homely environment even when you are far from home.

3.   Explore the Local Cuisine

Exploring the local cuisine is also a great way to settle into a new city. Your new surroundings may seem foreign initially, but local food will drive you to like the recent changes you will face in a new town. As an adult or even a student who is moving to a new city, it is imperative to understand the culture and experience new things.

To create great memories, you better taste fine quality food to remember it for the rest of your life. Food is a comforting language; wherever you go, in any part of the world, food improves everything.

4.   Get to Know Your Neighbours

Being a good neighbour and having a good neighbour at the same time will improve life and ensure a healthy lifestyle in the neighbourhood. Building a solid relationship with your community is an efficient way of building and living an excellent standard lifestyle.

It is also a good way to balance your safety and well-being since your neighbours can help you in your time of need. Take time to introduce yourself and share meals with your neighbours; it will help you make your new city feel more like home.

5.   Stay Patient and Positive

Remember, your new city has a lot to offer, and it is normal to feel anxious. It is essential to stay positive and patient throughout the whole process. Ensure you are mentally prepared for all the lonely and homesick days, for it is normal to feel that way. Nevertheless, it is one way to find new friends and make great memories.

Focus on what you like about your new city and, most importantly, why you moved in the first place. It keeps you on track and your mental health in peace.

6.  Give it Time

Give yourself time to adapt to your new environment. Your unique experiences will bring opportunities for growth and positive changes in your life. Even for long-term life experiences, being patient with your surroundings and yourself is necessary.

Getting acclimated and walking at your own pace to settle is normal. To save up your mental and physical energy, try developing a tendency to seek out valuable opportunities wherever possible. Time is very delicate, but so is your mental peace. Give it time to live comfortably and welcome a lively future that awaits you.


Tips that help you comfort yourself and feel like it is okay to feel anxious need to be considered. The above pointers are a few to give you confidence and the direction you might need while moving to a new city. Hope it finds you well!

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We are big fans of the “Lion” City State Singapore here at The Money Cloud. Ever since spending a fortnight there in the summer of 2017, we’ve been blogging about its history, business environment, culture, and smorgasbord of activities and entertainments the city teems with.

It’s also a haven for the world’s rich and wealthy; the “made-it” or “making-it” class who find Singapore’s always-on, hard working and uber-disciplined business culture very much to their tastes (as well as the super stylish malls, country clubs and man made Sentosa beach – the most Southerly tip of Asia). It is rumoured that roughly one in every three Singaporean citizens is a millionaire.

In all respects, Singapore is a state that punches above its weight, so perhaps it’s hardly surprising that The Lion State has retained its spot at the top of HSBC’s rankings, in the 2018 version of its 2018 Expat Explorer survey.

Reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of the survey, New Zealand places 2nd this year, and Germany third. Three contrasting countries, each with different strengths and weaknesses; it just goes to show that expats relocate for all kinds of reasons; work, family, romance, adventure, escape; and what suits one type of expat explorer may not suit another.

Canada and Bahrain take spots 4 and 5 on the list. Both are traditionally popular destinations for expats, and again for contrasting reasons. Bahrain ranked number 1 in Internations’ comprehensive analysis of all things expat related, thanks to its friendly environment, high quality infrastructure and job security, whilst Canada offers first-world living in beautiful surroundings, plus an eclectic culture and stable political environment.

Completing HSBC’s Top 10 are Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Before we take a deep dive into selected countries next week, let’s examine what makes Singapore the outstanding expat destination in HSBC’s eyes.

The split of male to female amongst Singapore expats is 60/40, and the vast majority (56%) are aged between 36-54. On average, expats earn in the region of $221,500 SGD, which works out at approximately $160,000 USD – one of the healthiest wage packages on offer for expats anywhere in the world.

Although Singapore boasts outstanding cultural, social and family life, inevitably, when it comes to the reasons why expats make the move there, career progression comes first. Singapore rewards hard work and dedication and its entire culture is designed to give individuals the greatest chance of personal success.

Living and working in Singapore is in every sense a challenge, that expats must embrace. Finance, consulting, trade, and hi-tech are the dominant industries, but Singapore is also embracing start-up culture, and most notably fintech, with the Monetary Authority Singapore (MAS) having built bridges with countries and cities all over the world, from London, to Sydney, to the Caribbean.

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Where Do All The Millionaire Migrants Go? New Report Reveals All, Including UK’s Abandonment Issues

When things starts to go wrong for a country, economically, politically, or socially, its wealthiest citizens are usually the first to know, and also the first to jump ship and migrate somewhere else, research from AfrAsia reveals.

The bank recently published its Global Wealth Migration Review for 2018,  in which it argues that a trend of departing millionaires, billionaires, and mass affluents, is nearly always a sign that a country fortunes could be in decline. According to the reports authors:

“If a country is losing a large number of HNWIs to migration, it is probably due to serious problems in that country (i.e. crime, lack of business opportunities, religious tensions etc.). Conversely, countries that attract HNWIs tend to be very healthy and normally have low crime rates, good schools and good business opportunities. “

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The report goes on to suggest that “in our view, the only possible negative of taking in a wealthy person is that they can push property prices up to levels that locals cannot afford.” Some might take issue with this statement, arguing that a wealthy immigrant could have the power to upset social norms, influence local politics, or deny locals access to public land by buying it up; such circumstances have pushed New Zealand, for example, to introduce a law preventing foreigners from buying property in the country (but not before some notable Silicon Valley billionaires bought huge estates in the country and even claimed citizenship).

Of the world’s 15 million High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), AfrAsia calculates that some 95,000 migrated in 2017. Their preferred destination? Australia, which attracted 10,000 HNWIs, followed by the US, 9,000, Canada, 5,000, and the United Arab Emirates, 5,000. The Caribbean, Israel, Switzerland, New Zealand and Singapore all attracted more than 1,000 wealthy immigrants.

In terms of net outflows, more wealthy Chinese left their country of birth than any other, although given China’s vast population of more than 2 billion, this represents a tiny percentage of the population, and may not reveal much about the state of the country’s economy, although it is worth remembering that the Chinese government has recently imposed strict controls on Chinese moving money overseas, which may have prompted some HNWI’s to skip town altogether.

Australia represents a convenient location for Asian HNWI’s as it puts them near to the original source of their wealth, has low inheritance tax, is safe, and provides a high standard of living. Compared to the US, AfrAsia notes, wealth has grown 83%, versus 20%. That said, the US is described as a “steady performer” when it comes to attracting the world’s wealthiest immigrants, and Australia is sometimes regarded as being too much of a “nanny state”, with complex rules and regulations, by some HNWIs.

In the UK, traditionally an attractive destination for incoming HNWIs, the country experienced its first ever net outflow in 2017, with some 5,000 wealthy citizens leaving, and only 1,000 HNWIs arriving. Factors that have affected this trend reversal may include the introduction of new taxes for non-doms, high inheritance taxes, rising crime, and, of course, the threat of Brexit.

AfrAsia cited the main reasons for HNWIs decision to migrate to be schooling, financial problems, lifestyle, safety, work and business opportunities, taxes, healthcare, religious tensions and overall standard of living.

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In the past, we have looked at Google payments app Tez, Paytm, WhatsApp Pay, and a range of services for sending money overseas, such as TerraPay, Instarem, Ria Money Transfer and more.

This week, an article in Bloomberg revealed that Warren Buffett had invested into Paytm, which demonstrates just how influential and lucrative the payments market in India looks set to become. According to Credit Suisse, the market will soon (by 2023) reach $1 trillion dollars, and stands at $200 billion today. But this volume accounts for just 30% of all payments, with the rest being made in cash. Compared with a market like China, where the mobile payments market is already worth $5 Trillion.

According to journalists Suritha Rai ad Anto Anthony, the major difference between the Chinese and Indian payments markets is that China is a closed shop to foreigners, whilst India’s government is welcoming international players to launch their services in the country. Hence, the world is looking on to see the future of the payments industry being incubated. India’s government is keen to move towards a cashless society, and has provided an enviable payments infrastructure to facilitate digital wallets, and domestic and international payments.

Looking at the numbers, however, it is Indian born services that are leading the way. Flipkart has generated more than 133m downloads, whilst Paytm leads the way with more than 150m. Google Tez apparently has 50m users, whilst another Indian firm, BHIM, has pulled in 32m customers.

What the Silicon Valley tech giants do have, however, is a colossal number of users who may well be tempted to switch their payments habits if the likes of Facebook, Google, and Apple can make their payments options more visible, effective, and a good cultural fit. In this regard, WhatsApp, which is phenomenally popular in India, is one to watch, but is yet to progress beyond the beta testing phase.

Google Tez has changed tack, and is now known as Google Pay, launching with a range of new services including splitting bill payments, and tap-tap-go style functionality that makes pinging rupees around as easy as messaging a friend.

And then there is Ant Financial, the Chinese fintech giant that commands huge volumes of transactions in the East, and is determined to break into markets including Africa, India, and the US, have narrowly missed out on the acquisition of MoneyGram last year.

Finally, could blockchain based payments apps make an impact on the market? Again, here, foreign players are on the charge, with Singapore based LaLa World has been making headlines, whilst online startup mag Inc42 lists no fewer than 13 new entrants, all with ambitions to be the everyday Indians preferred payments choice.

Warren Buffet et al should not expect to have things easy, but as things stand, it seems the Sage of Omaha has backed the right horse.

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