5 TIPS FOR MOVING ABROAD
Posted by Christophe Meunier on
1. Before you move, visit the place where you will be moving.
It's not always possible but it is the best way to learn more about your situation and make plans.
Internet searches are great. You can prepare for a lot of things online. But if you have the chance to visit your new city, then go. This way you will get to see the culture, tour potential schools, new houses, and gain insight into the local healthcare facilities.
2. Learn the language of the local area
If you don't speak the language fluently in your new country, you should make sure you learn as much as possible about it as part of your move preparations.
You will feel more at ease and secure in your new environment if you communicate with locals, even if it is only a basic conversation. You will find English is a common second language in many countries. This can be very helpful if you are really struggling. However, it is important to practice your language every day so that it becomes easier.
It's worth spending some time researching the colloquialisms in the country you're moving to. Each town and city will have its own dialect, which can cause confusion.
3. Find out the laws and rules in your area
Particularly if you are traveling outside the EU where attitudes to public behaviour and dress codes may be different. You could be accused of being rude if you make the slightest gesture in certain countries. This can quickly get you in trouble with the locals.
It is important to learn about the local laws, customs and regulations of the society you are entering. While these may seem minor details, they can have a major impact on your ability to communicate with others and make you look foolish.
4. As soon as you book your trip, make sure to check your insurance policies
Double-check them. You will need to have travel and health insurance. This is essential as many countries don't have a National Health Service. Therefore, you'll have to pay for any medical care that you need. You might also want to insure your new home and make sure that your life insurance policy covers you there. If you plan on driving, it is worth looking into car insurance. And, finally, protect yourself against an accidental death while living abroad. These might be items you should discuss with your employer if you are part of a corporate move and receive a relocation package.
5. Consider moving companies and relocation services.
Even if your employer is not moving you, they may offer support and assistance. They might even arrange your relocation entirely.
International removal companies are a great option if your employer has given you a budget to organize your move.
Start compiling quotes in your local area once you have a clear idea of your move date. International removal companies may also offer additional services, such as helping with visas, immigration, home and school searches and transporting pets. They can also recommend shipping options for you. Ask about these things when you speak to removal companies. A little help can make a big difference!