Tips to Prepare for an Overseas Move
Whether you're an international student studying abroad or an expat finally moving back home, making the decision to uproot your life and move to another country will almost always be a stressful undertaking. After helping thousands of people move worldwide, we've compiled our best 5 tips to prepare for an overseas move. While your adventure won't be without its struggles, across the ocean is a lifetime of experiences worth fighting for.
Prepare for Cultural Differences
Culture shock is a common experience shared by many who move from one country to another. From having to learn a completely new language to losing a close-knit social circle, there will be significant changes to how you normally live your day-to-day life. Even those returning back to their home countries aren't spared, as they are just as susceptible to reverse culture shock. For those who haven't had a chance to return to their home countries for several years, even decades, the home that they remember will have drastically changed since they left.
The best way to help during this transition is to prepare mentally for major changes. Knowing exactly what to expect will help in
- Study and practice the country's language
- Research cultural differences in customs, manners, and traditions
- Reach out to your social circle, family, and friends so you're not left completely alone
- Familiarise yourself with the public transport system
- Exchange currency in advance to practice with
- Visit Smartraveller to stay informed of any safety concerns
Get Your Documentation in Order
There's more to moving internationally than just making the decision and packing your bags. There will be documentation that will need be organised for both your home and host country. Ensuring that all your paperwork is prepared will ensure that your not held up at the borders or denied entry into the country. Here are just a few of the things you'll need to arrange before you leave the country.
- Print copies of appropriate work or study visas
- Purchase flight tickets
- Ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay
- Notify any providers: Real estate agent, utility companies, mail service
- Apply for an international driver's license
- Get copies of dental records, health insurance, etc.
If you're the planning type, check out this comprehensive overseas moving checklist for a to-do-list that covers everything from preparation to settling in.
Get Help from the Professionals
With your departure date on the horizon, it might be a good idea to get help from the professionals. At Seven Seas Worldwide, we have years of experience helping customers move from a host of countries in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. From packing to shipping, we have the experience to handle every type of move, big or small. Other professional services that you might consider during your move are end of lease cleaning services and long term storage companies.
Settle In to Your New Life
If you've finally made it and stepped foot into your host country, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because you've gotten over the most difficult parts of your journey. Now all that's left is to settle in and re-establish your identity.
- Exchange currency while you setup your finances
- Apply for a new bank account
- Sign up for a mobile plan
- Apply for a Tax Identification Number
- Search for apartments and homes to rent
With the basics completed, you can now connect with family, explore the city through public transport, or join local meetups to make new friends.
If you're moving home in the near future, whether it be to the next town or halfway round the world, speak to Seven Seas Worldwide about our simple, effective and friendly solution to shipping overseas.
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