How to prepare For a Move abroad
Moving abroad is equally exciting and scary. No matter whether you’ve been planning your move for a long time or it’s something that’s been sprung on you pretty well at the last minute, there’s so much more preparation that goes into an international move.If you’re not careful this can end up over-shadowing the fun and excitement of it for you, which is quite sad because moving abroad is something that most people don’t get to experience and is something that should be enjoyed for the adventure it is.
In this post we’re going to share with you some ways to prepare for your move abroad so that you can get the most out of it by being organized ahead of time as much as possible. You can avoid the overwhelm and stress that may come from not knowing where to start with the practical aspects of planning such a move.
Save ahead as early as possible:
As soon as you know you’re moving, then it’s a good idea to start planning ahead by saving as much money as you possibly can. This is not just for the actual travel side of things, but for expenses that may come up along the way and anything that could be unexpected. Also, you’re possibly going to need money for the first month or so until you get paid from your new job if that’s the reason you’re moving and you’re not getting covered for relocation expenses.
Make sure your documents are valid
As you would when you’re traveling anywhere, then it’s important to make sure your key documents such as your passport, drivers license and other documents you may need for traveling and moving are all valid before and during your travels. This isn’t something you want to find out at the last minute and have to go through the red tape process and extra costs of getting them updated in time for when you need them.
Get visas you need
Even if you’re moving for a job and they’re taking care of things to do with relocation, errors can still happen, so it’s important to make sure you’re completely covered. This is by ensuring you’ve got the right visas, work permits and any other paperwork you need for working and living in the new country. Otherwise this can cause major problems if you don’t have the right paperwork and can result in you being denied entry at the border and losing out on everything you’ve been preparing for during the last weeks, months or years.
Check if you need healthcare
In many countries healthcare is mandatory and can actually have an impact on whether or not you’re able to obtain a visa or work permit. This is something that will reduce a massive amount of stress by making sure you understand if you need it or not before traveling If you do, then look into the different options and even sign up for a healthcare plan before moving. This will be one less thing you have to think of before the move goes ahead.
Have property organized
One of the biggest things you’re going to be dealing with when moving abroad is finding a new place to live, so this is something that will ease a lot of stress if you plan it ahead of time and look for places or even have a place to go to right away. In many cases, for example, if your company is helping with relocation, then they’ll be able to help out with things like finding you a temporary or permanent place to live depending on the contract you have with them. However, in some cases you’ll be responsible for finding your own place, so you may want to consider if you want to buy or rent a place. This will obviously depend on whether you’re going to be living in the new place long or short term. But if you’re also looking at it from an investment perspective, then taking a look at some property finance planning companies can be a good way to get some advice when deciding whether to rent or buy before moving.
Research as much as possible
Just as you would when making any major life decision, it’s always a good idea to research as much as possible as this will make things so much easier when you get to your new home. This is especially the case if you’re going to be moving with a family that includes children, so researching things like schools and things that they can do afterwards that will help them make new friends and enjoy their new home is definitely a good idea if you want to make the move easier on everyone.
Other things you may want to research are the best neighborhoods to live in, where to go to meet other people and also check if there are other expats in the new city or country you’re moving to who you could connect with and help make the process of moving easier by getting to know other people in the area.
Let companies know you’re moving
It’s not all about what you have to take care of for moving to the new place, but also the things you have to take care of before moving away from where you currently are. Things like gym memberships, phone contracts, rent agreements and other utility contracts will all have to be cancelled or transferred before moving. So it’s best to let them know as soon as you can before you move about what’s happening so that you can make alternative arrangements instead of trying to arrange this once you’ve already moved as it’s just going to add to more of the stress of moving which really isn’t something you’re going to want to deal with at this point. So in order to focus completely on your move, this is something you’ll want to get done before you go as it will definitely make your life and your move so much easier and enjoyable than if you have to deal with everything after moving.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.