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Published On: Wed, May 30th, 2018

3 Tips for Relocating Abroad

Whether you are relocating due to work commitments, a relationship, adventure or travel, moving abroad represents an exhilarating time and you should savour every moment. However, before the adventure begins, there will inevitably be an awful lot to think about. From flight bookings and visas, to vaccinations, accommodation and swatting up on culture, there’s certainly not going to be any shortage of tasks to complete before you head off. It may be a bit of a manic time but just keep your eyes on the prize and stay excited for the adventure that is ahead of you! Here are 3 essential tips to help you along on this rollercoaster ride:

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  • Packing

 

How light or heavy you pack will depend on what sort of trip you are taking. If you are headed on a backpacking escapade around the globe, then it’s unlikely you’ll need anything more than the bag upon your back. On the other hand, if you are moving to a new country for the foreseeable future due to work or relationships, then you will need to consider which belongings you want to take with you. We all manage to accumulate a lot throughout our lives and to leave this behind or waste money on storage often seems like a shame. Often times when relocating abroad it makes more sense to ship your items along for the ride. By doing this, there’s no need to stress about what you can fit in your hold luggage or where you’ll be able to buy furniture, as you can take everything you need with you. This will also give you an all-important feeling of home, which will be invaluable in helping you to settle in.

 

  • The Admin

 

Apart from packing, there will be a whole range of admin tasks that you need to get out of the way before you can begin to enjoy the journey. First of all, it is important to check whether all of your travel vaccinations are up to date for your chosen destination. You will need to book flights and onward travel, find accommodation, apply for your visa and maybe even start to learn the basics of the language. You will need to inform your bank that you are going abroad and get out some local currency to use on arrival. When you get there, you will need to set up a bank account to avoid costly fees from your home bank.

 

  • Give It a Chance

 

Once you have arrived at your destination, the first month can be a whirlwind of excitement and wonder, but when the dust begins to settle many people begin to start missing home. In the beginning, you’ll need to put work in to find your way around, make friends and get to know the local culture. This can be daunting and leave you with a crippling feeling of home sickness but it is always important to remember that you need to give it time. For most people, it can take anywhere from six months and upwards to find their way in a new town or city, so be patient and give it your all rather than giving up.

Moving abroad is exciting and terrifying all at once. With the right preparation and a positive attitude, you can be sure to get the most out of your experience, come what may.

Author: Sophie Fenns

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