If you’re relocating to France, there’s some things that you’ll need to make yourself aware of before taking the leap. To help you out, we’ve created this quick guide on how to relocate to France successfully.
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Eating And Drinking
When in France, you need to make yourself aware of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to eating and drinking. If you’re invited for a meal in France, the meal will not be served until all guests have arrived and are seated. Once all guests have arrived, make sure that the host has said ‘Bon appétit’ and takes their first bite of the meal before you tuck in. You will also need to use your table manners, keeping your hands on the table and not by your side whilst at the dinner table is seen as a sign of respect to the host.
Sundays Are For Friends And Families
In France family and friends are seen as the most important things in ones life. In our busy day-to-day lives, we have everyday commitments that can mean time with friends and family can easily get pushed aside and often forgotten about. For this reason, Sunday is a day when shops are closed in France, but restaurants remain open so that people can spend time with those they are close to.
When paying someone a visit or attending a dinner party in France, do bring a gift with you. Of course, any type of gift is extremely thoughtful, but do try to avoid bringing a gift of food or drink that is not French. This can offend French people, as they hold a lot of pride in the food and drink that originates from their own country. If you would prefer a safer option, such as flowers, do ask a French floweriest which flowers would be best suited for the event, as some flowers can be seen as bad luck.
If you haven’t lived in France before, you might think that the common way of greeting one another in France is by sharing a ‘French kiss’. This is when one person greets another by kissing each cheek. Although this form of greeting is known worldwide, in France it should only be used for those who are greeting a family member or a close friend.
When greeting a stranger or someone that you don’t know very well, a simple handshake is sufficient. In France, the woman usually puts her hand out first for a handshake, and standing instead of sitting when greeting is seen as more polite and respectful of the person you will be greeting.
My Baggage has been tried and trusted by many happy customers, all around the world. Here’s a few reasons why you should use My Baggage for relocating to France.
Here at My Baggage, we know how expensive the process of relocating abroad is. For this reason, we like to keep our prices low and our customers happy! We also offer a price match, so if you get a better offer from another luggage shipping company, just let us know and we will try our very best to match it for you!
All of our services are door-to-door, meaning you can do everything from the comfort of your own home. When you book with My Baggage, we collect your belongings at your door and deliver them to your new house in France, it’s really that simple! If you’re concerned about the whereabouts of your belongings at any point, you can take full advantage of our online tracking system, available in the ‘My account’ section of our website.
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We pride ourselves in having the best Customer Service Experts in the field. They know everything there is to know about shipping your luggage abroad. If you need any help or advice at anytime, simply get in touch and we’ll be happy to help! You can contact our team via phone, email and live chat.
When relocating abroad, you will probably want to bring almost everything that you own. Although My Baggage are expert in shipping luggage abroad, that’s not all we ship. Have a look at what else you can send to France on our services, and if there is an item that you would like to ship that we have not mentioned, do get in touch and we will advise you on whether you can send it or not.
Sending Your Skis To France
France is home to many world-renowned ski resorts, hidden up in the snowy Alps. If you’re a keen skier, you might have your own skis at home that you’d like to bring with you to France. My Baggage can help you to easily transport your skis to France. This means that you don’t have to leave them back at home and spend a lot of money by renting equipment when you visit the ski resorts.
Sending Your Musical Instruments To France
Maybe you’re a musical ingenious with a talent that you want to hold on to, or maybe you just enjoy playing your musical instrument every now and then. Either way, I highly doubt you want to let go of it, or for anything to happen to it on the flight to France. Ship your musical instruments to your new home with My Baggage to minimise the potential risk of damage and to avoid having to pay unnecessary oversized baggage fees on arrival to the airport.
Before taking the leap and moving to France, do analyse the city that you will be living in. It’s extremely important that you make yourself aware of just how safe the city is and what to expect when you are living there. Take time to research it in depth, this is a huge move for you to make and if you’re not completely prepared for it, it could all go horribly wrong.
Check things like the crime rate in the area and the laws that you will have to follow. It’s also a good idea to have a strong understanding of the political and economic state of the country, so that you know what’s going on and what the general feel is about these matters.
Prior to travelling, take note of all the emergency contacts that you will need and make sure these numbers are easily accessible, keeping them on your phone as well as in a notebook would be ideal. Also, make copies of all important information, so that if the worst really does happen, you then have a backup and can get things sorted quicker.
Educating yourself in the French language is something that you should already be doing and if not, you need to add to your to-do list. We can sometimes get away with travelling abroad on a short holiday without knowing the local language, but when you are travelling to another country to live, it’s completely different and learning the language is somewhat a necessity.
If you are a pet owner, you will need to research on what steps you need to take to ensure your furry friend can move to France with you. Start by checking the countries quarantine requirements and your pets documents and any vaccinations that they might need to get before the trip.
Don’t forget that you’re not the only one moving abroad, your pet is too and therefore it’s important that you make the move as easy as possible for them. Prior to flying, you’ll be stressed and your days will be busy, but do try to keep to a daily routine for the sake of your pet, so that they don’t get too confused. On arrival to your new home, try to keep this up and make time to check in on them, ensuring they’re as comfortable as they can be with the move.
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