Whether you’re moving for a job opportunity or just because you want an adventure, international moving is exciting, but it can also be very stressful. Any move can be stressful, but packing up your entire life and moving it to a different country can be exceptionally complicated and sometimes frustrating.
That’s not to say that moving abroad isn’t worth it, however. Living in a new country can be a completely life-changing experience. However, if you want to make the move, then it’s important that you do it the right way. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning a move overseas.
Shipping Things Abroad Is Extremely Expensive
We all have our furniture, decor items and belongings that we love and can’t picture living without. However, shipping things abroad is very expensive. Light items like clothing can be somewhat affordable, but you should abandon any hopes of shipping furniture items, unless you’re working with unlimited funds. Ideally, you want to bring with you only what you can fit in two carry-on travel bags on your flight and even this will cost an additional fee.
You Should Budget For Basics
Since you can’t feasibly bring all of your furniture with you, it’s important that you budget for those basic items that you’ll need in your new apartment or dwelling. You should research how much items like beds and sofas cost in the new country that you’ll be calling home. If you’re moving abroad, it’s not a bad idea to look into pre-furnished apartments. This cuts down on the amount of money you have to spend on these basic items.
Understand You’ll Be Flying Solo
Unless you’re moving to a country where you already know a lot of people, you’ll likely be flying solo when you get settled in to your new apartment. This means that you won’t be able to do what you do when you typically move, which is to call family members and friends and ask them to give you a hand. Granted, you won’t need help moving furniture items you’ve brought with you off of a moving truck, but there are still lots of little tasks that you’ll unfortunately have to do on your own.
Have Your Currency Situation In Order
If you’re moving to another country, you should have a plan in place when it comes to currency. If you’re planning on staying with your bank or financial institution, you need to discuss with them what sort of fees and charges you can expect to see on foreign transactions. If you’re planning on staying in your new country long-term, it’s essential that you begin planning to open an account with a financial institution in that country. Staying with a bank in your country of origin might sound like a good idea, but those fees and surcharges will really start to add up over time.
Plan For The Unexpected
You don’t want to find yourself in a bad situation overseas with no plan in place on how to get back home. Whenever you move abroad, you should always have emergency cash on hand that would cover the cost of a plane ticket back home should you need to make a quick return. Even if you’re moving to a country that’s plenty friendly, safe and democratic, you never know when you might need to leave. You should be financially ready to return home at any given point.
Keep In Touch With Someone Back Home
When you’re abroad, you might not have someone who knows you and can come check on you if they haven’t heard from you in a while. This is why it’s always a good idea to have someone back home who you keep in touch with and who has a general idea of where you are and what you’re doing. That way, if they fail to hear from you for a prolonged period of time, they’ll know that something’s amiss.
Moving abroad can be scary and stressful, but it can also be exhilarating and exciting. It’s a big change, but it’s an adventure that you’ll treasure forever. Just make sure that you do things the right way.