Dreaming about taking your life someplace else, pursuing your happiness in a different country or even on another continent is one thing, actually doing this is something completely different. It takes courage, preparation and no small amount of luck, yet, what one person can do another one can, as well. With this in mind and without further ado, here are several tips from people who actually took this leap of fate. Here are top 5 moving tips by expats to consider when moving to a new country.
Top 5 moving tips by expats
Visit prior to the move
A travelogue, documentary show or even a conversation with a native visiting your own country is one thing, seeing the place with your own eyes is something completely different. Sure, wanting to live near a natural phenomenon is completely understandable, yet there are some other, far more important factors out there. Take one of the most bizarre aspects of the target destination – the local climate.
Be honest, while you do know what the term means, can you really imagine with 100 percent accuracy what a more humid climate feels like? Sure, it could be a minor inconvenience or even a pleasant change, yet, this is just one of those things you can’t know before you actually feel them on your own skin. Therefore, visiting the place (as a tourist) at least once prior to moving there is an absolute must.
Research the cost of living
The next important factor is to try and evaluate what kind of life, from an economic standpoint, you are going to lead there. You can start by comparing food prices, the price of the rent and some other costs online. Still, for those who want a quick rundown on how their target destination compares to their current destination might want to look for a shortcut. By checking out the Big Mac Index, you can get a simplified comparison of the purchase power parity between the two places. Aside from this, now might also be a good time to get familiar with the currency of the target location.
Pack your own stuff
Another thing you need to keep in mind is that the packing is something you need to do on your own. Sure, having friends and family come over to help you out may seem like a sensible idea at the moment, however, who will you turn to, later on, when something important gets misplaced or damaged due to wrong packing protocol. Naturally, seeing as how this means that you will have to pack for much longer, you might want to start a bit earlier than you intended. While you’re at it, you might want to make your packing process a bit greener by opting for eco-friendly packing box option, instead of regular ones when choosing your packing supplies.
Find a job before moving
Just because a place you’re relocating to is a greater business HUB than the place you’re leaving behind; doesn’t mean that finding a job there is easy. Since finding a job at your target location (in a situation where your move wasn’t motivated by an already pending job offer), this needs to become your first priority. Luckily, in the era of various online platforms and social networks such as LinkedIn; finding a job at a remote location is easier than it ever was before.
Prepare for the first few weeks
Think about this from a rational standpoint. Money and lodging are two huge issues when moving abroad. In fact, you will probably have to pay for the first month of your lease before your first salary at a target destination arrives. Add to this the fact that you are already forced to pay for the move and what you have here is a huge financial issue.
Therefore, before you head out, you need to ensure you have a decent amount in your savings account, as well as a place where to crash for the first couple of days. Furthermore, during your first few weeks at your new target location, you will be under a lot of stress, so, it might be a good idea to find a fun local activity, a water sport in case you are moving to a seaside, to lift your spirits.
While this may seem like a bit of an oversimplification; these five steps alone are enough to make your transition much smoother. Other problems can usually be tackled as you arrive at them; yet, failing to handle these five vital issues as soon as you can is an oversight that could come back to haunt you later on.