Moving abroad can be the most exciting decision you ever make, but moving to another country requires a lot of careful planning – including moving all your things. To get you off to the best start, here are three essential tips for relocating overseas.
Research your moving process
Before you go packing for an international move, it is important to consider how you are going to settle in once you’ve moved. From setting up utilities to learning a new language and understanding the culture, there is a lot to prepare for.
When preparing to move, you must research the entire expatriation process so you fully understand what you need to do to ensure a smooth transition. This includes considering what you will and will not need to bring with you. For example you should not be tempted to take all of your household belongings with you. European removal experts AnyVan have advised movers to prepare an exhaustive list of all household furniture over the size of an armchair, and then “subsequently whittle it down to the absolute necessities” in a guide to international packing.
Get to know your surroundings
Explore your surroundings as if you were a tourist, to help you feel more confident and part of the community. Discover bars, restaurants or any other forms of entertainment or leisure. Learning the language of your new environment can be an advantage, as it will make it easier for you to socialise with the locals.
It’s also important to plan your health care before packing for an international move, so you are informed about medical insurance and the health care of your chosen destination. If you are planning on settling in another part of Europe, consider getting a European Health Insurance card (EHIC). This will help assist in reduced cost health care.
Remember to let your GP and dentist know that you are planning to move abroad. Some medical practitioners send appointment letters without requiring confirmation,which means you will not be able to agree in person.
Manage your finances
Before Brexit, the most common reason why expats returned to the UK was because of financial reasons, so to avoid this ruining the dream, expats are advised to be clear on how they will manage their finances.
Although properties may be cheaper abroad, living costs may actually be expensive, so it is essential you look into this before you start packing for an international move. Soon to be expats can use expat sites to help compare cost of living between cities.
Transferring your money abroad can also be expensive if you lose out on exchange rates. Consider currency transfers to avoid potentially losing out on thousands if you send large amounts of money abroad, from a high street bank.
For further assistance, hire a currency broker, they can get you better rates, help your funds go further and help you avoid transfer fees.
Moving overseas is the biggest decision one can make, so it is important all key factors for preparing for the move are properly thought out and planned. After all you do not want your dream move to turn into a nightmare.