I am about to relocate (end of December) from the UK to Denmark with my husband's job and we are going with our two sons aged 6 & 3. I have been searching for straightforward, sensible and relevant advice from someone in a similar situation but hadn't come across anything I could relate to until I discovered Melanie and her service at Dejile Days Welcome. I ordered this book having already had a one hour pre-relocation Skype session with Melanie which was most useful! The book is a great accompanying resource to her services as well as a good stand alone book about relocating to another country. It is written in short, clear sections with plenty of space to annotate with your own notes or reminders (at least that's what I've done!) it's compact enough to fit into my bag so I can take it out and about - I think this will be useful when we actually move to Copenhagen at the end of the year as I can have it close to me to check things & write down places I visit etc! Her observations are insightful, often amusing and certainly relatable for a fellow brit if a similar age. Having said this I think it's accessible for all, not too Denmark heavy on the info (apart from stuff like weather etc) so it's useful as a general resource for anyone moving anywhere they are unfamiliar with. Both my husband and I have found it really helpful abd reassuring. It's a great book and exactly what I was hoping it would be. It will definitely be keeping me company in the weeks abd months to come! a happy customer.
Beautifully written, packed with useful information and devoid of the waffle and padding you often get with guide books. The clear headers make it quick and simple to dip in and out of, which is perfect with the time constraints that come with relocating. Highly recommended.
I bought Melanie's book in Copenhagen at one of her networking events, having moved to the city six months before and having used her relocation service before and just after we moved here. As two self-employed creatives, the service she provided was perfect for us, not only because it was entirely bespoke, but because we came independently and with no relocation package or help other than the fact that I am half Danish and my family could help us with a lot of things others might not have access to. Even six months after moving, the book was useful, primarily in being an important reminder to be kind to oneself. Relocation, even if like me you know the city and culture like the back of your hand, is not easy. It is scary, isolating and there are practical things that crop up the like of which you probably won't have thought about. For me the section of the book that was most useful was the part about moving with children. Despite what the reviewer above me said, this book is not filled with advice that's plainly obvious to everyone and although I grew up in the Far East, to a Danish father and a British mother and have moved country a couple of times, I have never done it with kids – the advice in the book about children is the advice Melanie gave me personally, and it's advice I couldn't possibly have known before we moved and was so incredibly valuable. There are many people in the world who have never moved country and for whom a lot of Melanie's advice won't be plainly obvious. One small book cannot possibly cover the visa and red tape issues etc in every single country because they're all so different, as are the challenges that each presents. So take this as a good starting point to a relocation and know that OF COURSE you'll have to do a lot more country-specific research of your own on top of it. For me, the parts of the book that are about the emotional side of moving – rather than the practical – resonate the most, and that's only because I have already relocated. If I hadn't moved, the practical advice Melanie offers would have been useful – just as it was when she gave it to me in person on various Skype calls we had before we made the leap. Well done Melanie, writing and self-publishing a book is no mean feat. And it's a great little hand-hold for anyone about to make the huge decision to change their lives completely.