Whilst we’ve all thought about it, only those courageous few decide to actually take the leap and move abroad.
Whether it’s for retirement, a job or for a better quality of life, moving abroad could lead to an entirely new way of life.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is a lot to do before you actually move home, with many of the small things being overlooked.
An exhilarating part of your life is about to begin, and to ensure the beginning is stress-free and enjoyable, here are the 10 steps to help make your move abroad easier:
Inform your bank you are leaving
It’s important to let your bank know you are leaving the country.
This includes credit and debit card companies that you are currently connected to. This is an important step, and one that should definitely not be skipped.
Your credit and debit card companies might freeze your cards if payments abroad suddenly appear on your statement. Whilst this may just be an inconvenience for you, it is one that can be avoided.
Open a New Account
On top of talking to your current bank accounts, it’s definitely beneficial to look into opening an account in your new country of residence.
These can be far more difficult to open up abroad due to specific requirements needing to be met.
Your best course of action will be to do your research, ensure you get the best deals and keep an eye out on the fine print for any traps along the way.
Right now, you are on top of the world and ecstatic to begin your new life!
You may not always feel that way. You may find yourself missing home just a little too much on those quiet days.
Well, these days it’s important to keep yourself busy by learning something new, challenging yourself or starting a project that you’ve always wanted to.
Don’t allow yourself to get bored in the stunning new country you call home and keep yourself busy in those hard times.
Safety when Shipping
Shipping all your personal effects abroad can be stressful.
You want to be sure that your sofas, tables, chairs, photo albums and your child’s favourite toys are safe and protected.
It is of paramount importance to pick the right moving company when relocating abroad. This can be the difference between a delightful move and the move from hell.
The best way to ship would be to hire a removal company that includes the shipping aspect of the procedure. If they have BAR registration, then that is a sure sign that they are a reputable and trusted company.
Whilst this may be an obvious one, and you have most likely done your in-depth research, make sure that you have the correct visa.
On top of this, double checking the visa requirements is a must as knowing the exact regulations can allow you to avoid any pitfalls along the way.
If you’re moving out there for work, then it’s likely that your company will be doing your visa for you. This takes a lot of the stress off of you, however, still make sure you know the fundamentals of the visa requirements.
Learn the basics!
Depending on where you go, this may not be necessary.
America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa are just some of the places where English is widely spoken.
However, if moving to Asia or Europe, it is beneficial to learn the basics of the language at least before you go out there. This means that you can converse with the local populace on a basic level and even begin to make new friends along the way.
There are many apps that are free, such as LingoDeer, that provide you with short lessons daily. You’ll slowly see the transition from knowing nothing to bilingual before you know it.
Unlock your phone
If you’re planning on getting a new SIM, then it will be worth unlocking your phone. This is very common nowadays and it is very easy to get done for £20 or so.
Unlocking your phone will allow you to put your new SIM in and avoid those outrageous roaming charges, ensuring you get the most bang for your buck.
What about your pets?
Sadly, moving pets isn’t as easy as moving humans.
This has something to do with the different strains of bacteria in different countries, and our pets tend to be a tiny bit dirtier than us.
Ensure that you know how to get your pet snake, dog or cat safely into the country, or you could find them being held in quarantine due to failing to follow proper procedures.
Stock up on the things you love
It may not be something that you’ve even thought about amongst all the hustle and bustle, however you likely won’t find your favourite foods in your new home abroad.
If there are things that you just can’t live without, then make sure to bring a large enough stock and restock every time you’re back… or get friends and family to smuggle some over when they come to see you!
So, if you crave those coveted marmite cashew nuts, make sure to bring at least a suitcase load with you.
Making new friends
Another thing your stash of food might help with? Making new friends!
Obviously, there are many ways to make friends whilst abroad, but a stock of fantastic English food products will intrigue many different people and let’s be honest, food shared between friends are friends for life.
Some other ways you can meet new people, includes community events, local town fayres, local clubs and of course, the trusty pubs and bars.
Ross Evans is a blogging enthusiast and lead writer for international removals firm White & Company. With a passion for writing on a wide range of subjects including travel, culture and business, his informative and creative writing style leads to an engaging read that everyone can enjoy.
September 9, 2019