10 July 2018
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.
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.
20 October 2016
The UK's decision to leave the EU has sent shock waves throughout the world and the unprecedented number of people who attended the recent Down Under Live expo brought into sharp focus that emigration to Australia and New Zealand is quickly becoming the solution for many.
The New Zealand government, wary that the number of new migrants has been growing substantially over the last few years, has announced that it will be implementing changes to reduce these numbers. However the numbers will not drop dramatically as plans reveal that over the next two years, the projected figure of 100,000 new residents will be brought down to around 95,000. Instead of reaching the target of 140 points to obtain residency, candidates will now require 160. The most notable reduction is the 5500 places held in reserve for families which has now been cut down to 2000. The government has suggested their decision to implement these new directives has been based purely on the issue of balance ensuring that skilled homegrown workers are fairly reflected in the employment market.
In addition to this news, the government has also announced that South Africans visiting New Zealand will need a visa from this November, as a result of the growing number of fraudulent South African passports discovered this year.
These new rules are believed by experts to be the start of a greater shift towards stricter controls over immigration in New Zealand, with Australia taking a similar stance. Therefore if you are considering a new life abroad in either New Zealand or Australia, Seven Seas Worldwide recommends making a decision sooner rather than later: Do the research, ask the questions, establish if a move abroad is right for you at this time.
A decision like this is not to be taken lightly, but if you take too long to make it, you may find your opportunity to take up residency has been taken away from you anyway. Take a look at the range of services Seven Seas Worldwide has to offer. Get a free quote within minutes, and let's start your journey today!
06 January 2015
Arriving in the country where you have chosen to spend the rest of your life (or at least a significant portion of it) can bring on a mixture of emotions – excited to be starting anew yet feeling blue about the people and places being left behind. And coupled with this multiplicity of contrasting feelings is a vast list of logistical things you need to do now you’re here. Luckily, Seven Seas Worldwide is here to shoulder the burden.
Moving furniture and personal belongings from one country to another requires a lot of planning and Seven Seas Worldwide can help every step of the way with collection, shipping and delivery, in most cases, door-to-door. But what if your consignment arrives in your destination country and you’re not yet in a position to move it into your new address? Well, Seven Seas Worldwide has got that covered too.
On top of a global relocation network, we also offer storage at a very affordable rate so as soon as they arrive in the destination country and are cleared through customs, we can transport them to our nearest secure storage facility until you’re ready to receive them. We do this via our relatively new invention, the StoreCube™; this is a cube inside a trailer that can collect, store and redeliver according to your needs.
The StoreCube™ is an off-shoot of our hugely popular MoveCube® and is designed to provide a safe and inexpensive alternative to the usual storage companies, none of whom provide a transportation service similar to ours.
Should you be interested, get a free quote now via our freight calculator or talk to a member of our friendly team. They’re always here to help.
Oh and good luck with the next chapter. Make it a good one.
09 December 2014
Moving overseas is probably one of the biggest decisions of your life and the last thing you want to be weighed down by is the logistics of the whole thing - that's what shipping companies are for. However, there is always the possibility that you might need to put your items in storage before moving them to your chosen destination abroad - and that's something that shipping companies can't help you with...except us. Obviously.
We hit upon the idea that if we're moving people's belongings around the world and placing them in depots before shipping them off, we may as well turn these depots into secure storage facilities. And that's what we've done. Not only that, we now also provide a method of transport that collects all items from your home address so you don't have to cart them to the storage facility yourself. This is something that even self-storage companies don't do.
This method of transport is called a StoreCube™ and it's an off-shoot of our highly successful MoveCube® service. It's the simplest way of moving your stuff into storage and it works like this. First of all, you arrange the move with Seven Seas Worldwide via our frankly brilliant freight calculator. We'll then turn up at a time convenient to you with a StoreCube™, a container inside a trailer that is towed to your address by a Seven Seas Worldwide van. You will then have a few hours to load up the cube with your belongings. Later, we shall return to collect your packed cube and transfer the contents to the nearest Seven Seas Worldwide storage facility, ready to be shipped at an agreed time.
Don't go to a shipping company that will only do half the job - talk to Seven Seas Worldwide about moving, shipping and storage.
30 September 2014
There are many families in the UK moving to Australia these days. Why? Well, mainly the weather. Let's face it, they do weather better over there. Oh and the seafood is amazing. Plus you can get nicer-looking houses with swimming pools and built-in barbecues. Yes, moving to Australia has got a few things going for it to be sure.
The downside to emigrating to Australia is it has the potential of being one of the most stressful periods of your life. Anyone who has watched BBC One's Wanted Down Under will be aware of the turmoil involved in making such a big decision. There are a lot of key areas to assess before purchasing that one-way ticket to Oz and over the years, Wanted Down Under has put this into sharp focus by following hundreds of families from the moment they start packing their treasured possessions to the day they throw out their last sheet of bubble wrap.
Of all the key areas that need addressing before the big move to Australia, moving all your personal belongings from A to B is perhaps the least attractive. There's no avoiding the fact that it's a big job and requires a lot of time and money as well as plenty of manual labour. Luckily, Seven Seas Worldwide's MoveCube® service provides an ideal opportunity to reduce all three of these factors.
One hazy day in late summer, a young couple from Dartford decided that a MoveCube® would be the answer to their relocation problem. We joined them as they loaded their container - and we weren't the only ones.
The crew from Wanted Down Under were also there, for this couple decided they wanted their adventure to be part of the long-running daytime TV series.
A MoveCube® is a far more convenient alternative to the services of other shipping companies because it's a container inside a trailer. When the driver arrives at your address, he leaves the MoveCube® with you, allowing you to load up for around 4-5 hours. Once you've loaded the container to suit your needs, our driver will return to collect. The next time you see your belongings will be in an Australian MoveCube®, parked outside your new address Down Under. Sounds good doesn't it?
Today's stars of Wanted Down Under chose the Seven Seas Worldwide MoveCube® not only because of its smart approach to moving but also because we provide a personal service. We know how much pressure you're under relocating to Australia and we know that the simplicity of a MoveCube® service goes some way to lightening the load and perhaps creating a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. (That's a metaphor by the way - flying to Australia is better than tunnelling.)
With that in mind, we provide Seven Seas Worldwide boxes (specifically designed for long journeys), packing materials, a trolley for the heavier items and even a couple of traffic cones so you can mark out the space where you'd like the MoveCube® to be parked. Yep, we've thought of everything. Not many shipping companies do.
The MoveCube® has already proven very popular in Australia and continues to grow in other countries including China, South Africa, New Zealand and Hong Kong.
And another pretty awesome thing about the MoveCube® is we can adapt it to suit your needs. So for example, if you’re moving to Australia out of a studio flat, the Medium MoveCube® is the option for you. If you’re moving out of a two bedroom place, we suggest choosing the Large MoveCube®.
As the driver drove away to attend to another family in London, our couple from Dartford began loading the MoveCube®, filling the container with furniture, bicycles and assorted keepsakes, safe in the knowledge they would soon be whisked away safely to Australia.
We wish them well on their adventure and look forward to the episode airing on BBC One!
If you're about to embark on a similar journey, check out our website now and get a free quote to see how much you could save with our perfect solution to household moves.