In our increasingly globalized world, many people are not staying in the same place for long, they have itchy feet and can’t wait to try living in different countries to experience new cultures. Moving abroad, however, can be one of the most stressful occasions of one’s life as there are so many things to think about that it is almost inevitable that you will forget something that could turn the whole process into a nightmare. It is, therefore, vital that you are well prepared if you want to make the process as smooth as possible, so here we are going to take a look at everything you need to know before you make that big move abroad.
The first thing that you need to check is that you are legally able to live in your destination country. Of course, if you are an EU citizen then you can freely travel and work anywhere within the bloc, but for the rest of the world this is not the case and you will need to seek a visa. This can be a long process, especially if you don’t have a job at your destination, so make sure you start applying well in advance of your intended move. You should also check that you can bring your spouse and children and that they can freely work or be educated. Without a visa, your dream move could be cut short before it has even begun.
Sort out issues in your home country
Once you have your visa you need to start to dismantle your life in your home country and ready it for your move. This means canceling all subscriptions and memberships, re-routing mail to your new address, and of course selling, or canceling the lease on your existing property. It can be an emotional time severing ties, but you have chosen to make the move to improve the quality of your life, so don’t give up now, things are about to start getting exciting.
Hire a removal firm
This is where the real work starts because you need to work out what you are going to take with you and what you are going to chuck out and say goodbye to forever. You will probably have many large or fragile objects to transport so it is always worth hiring a firm of removalists to handle the move. They have the knowledge and experience that you do not have, so, take the pressure off your shoulders and let professionals handle this side of your move. They will have insurance to cover any damage to your possessions and can even do the packing and unpacking for you, allowing you to concentrate on the finer details without getting stressed.
Before you leave your home country it is worth using the existing facilities to have a full health check-up as you don’t want any nasty surprises as soon as you move to another country. You should also check that you have the right insurance for your move and potential healthcare insurance, if it is necessary, at your destination. It is also worth going to the opticians and the dentists just to give yourself extra peace of mind. When you arrive at your new home you want to be able to explore the surrounding area and make friends with the locals, rather than worrying about your eyesight or your teeth.
Think about your money
When you are moving abroad you need easy access to your funds, and depending on the part of the world you are moving to this could become quite difficult. You probably won’t be able to open a local bank account until you reach your destination so consider taking cash with you for emergencies. It may also be wise to take out an extra credit card, just so that you have the ability to pay for any surprising events. Once you settle in you can open a local account and have your salary directed there, thereby beginning your new life in earnest.
Move your pets
If you have any pets it is perfectly possible to take them with you, but you will likely have to put them into quarantine to ensure that they have no infectious diseases such as rabies. It will be tough leaving your cat or dog for several weeks, but they will be well looked after and it is an essential step if you want to be reunited with them at your destination.
As we have learned, moving abroad isn’t easy, you need to think about visas and healthcare before you even start packing, and then it is wise to engage a removals firm to do the hard work for you. You will need to cancel all your subscriptions and have your mail forwarded, and if you have pets they will need to go into quarantine before they will be allowed into their new home. Use this as a guide and hopefully your move will go as smoothly as possible allowing you to enjoy your new home in a stress-free manner.