Moving overseas can seem like an extremely difficult thing to do. However, there are a few tips and tricks that you can do in order to make your move that much easier. The following tips will make your overseas move a breeze.
Try to Save Money
It can cost thousands of dollars to move overseas. That is why, before the move, you’ll want to try to save as much money as possible. Plane tickets, housing, visa application and international shipments are just a few of the costs that you will incur from moving overseas.
It is a good idea to have at least six months of at least six months of living expenses before you move. You should also set up a monthly budget. This will make it easier for you to hold yourself accountable when that next temptation creeps up.
Ask for Help
With everything else that will be on your plate you’re not going to handle the entire move on your own. Not only is this time-consuming, but it is also stressful. You should get your family members and friends to help out when possible, but we all know how “eager” people are to give a helping hand when moving. Your best bet is going to be hiring an overseas moving company. A company with expertise in international moves will help you stay on track and take the stress out of your move.
You do not want to bring a bunch of items that you do not want or need. That is why you should consider selling some of (as much of) your belongings as you can before you move. The more items you have, the more expensive your move will be, and any money you make can be put towards your moving costs.
Consider Your Transportation Options
If you plan on shipping your car overseas, then you will need to find out how much it costs and how easily you will be able to load it up. You may find that the cost is not worth the effort. It is also important to remember that may have to get a new driver’s license in your new country, and if you will be moving to a place with solid public transit, then you may want to consider bringing it at all. Dragging over your old 7 seater SUV may not be your best option.
Do Your Research on the Area
Your life overseas will expose you to a culture that you probably aren’t used to. That is why you will need to do research on the area before you move there. Not only will you need to find out about the weather, places to eat and activities, but you will also need to find out about the culture, educational system, healthcare system and crime.
Make a Copy of Important Documents
Important documents include your passport, ID, immunization record, birth certificate, any visas you need and proof of employment. You never know when you will be required to show proof of these documents so having a backup (or two) can save you a huge headache down the road.
This move will be the trip of a lifetime and it doesn’t have to be a “pull out all your hair” type of experience. Preparation is key, so anywork you can do up front is going to be well worth the effort.