Five Tips For Moving Abroad

January 18, 2019

Deciding to move abroad is a big and scary decision. You are basically signing up for your life completely changing. Being away from friends and family is hard, and being in a foreign place only highlights that. Luckily, there are a few things you can do that will ensure your moving abroad goes smoothly and that you are happy throughout the entire experience.

Making sure to have the necessary resources needed for moving to a different country will make your life so much easier. Checking every box off the list of things you should do in preparation for moving is a must. 

If you are interested in what you may need or want to make moving abroad a seamless process, keep reading for five helpful tips:

1. Find Permanent Housing Before You Go

Finding a place to live when you get to the country you want to live in sounds like an okay plan. However, you might not realize just how risky that is. There is no guarantee you will find a home in a timely manner. Having a secure and safe place to call your own beforepermanently moving to a new country is the best way to assure your move goes according to plan. 

2. Moving Companies Are Life Savers

There are plenty of moving companies available to help you when moving across town. However, finding a moving company that specializes in international moves can take a huge weight off of your back. 

If you are moving to New Zealand, for example, companies like do not simply provide physical moving services such as sea freight or are freight shipping. They also act as cultural resources by suggesting places to visit and offering tips on shipping vehicles. If you want the extra support of a knowledgeable company to help you move, check out what’s available in the area you are heading to! 

3. Documents Can Be Complicated And Finicky 

Before you move to a new country, it is essential to have all of your legal documents in place. Make sure you have your birth certificate, social security card, I.D., and passport. If you are moving from the USA and going abroad, you can also go to a local AAA and easily qualify for an international driver’s license.

You should also triple check that your visa has been improved and you are okay to move. Getting documents such as a visa can be time-consuming and complex. Take your time in filling them out and waiting for approval. This is a must when moving to a new country. 

4. Meet New People

It is incredibly easy to become isolated in a country where you know no one. That is why it could be really beneficial to make a friend in the area you will be moving to prior to moving. You can find plenty of Facebook groups, online forums, and websites dedicated towards activities you like that take place in where you will be moving. Contact some members and make some new friends. This will help you avoid loneliness and instead enjoy the new country you are moving to.

5. Become A Public Transportation Connoisseur 

Unless you are bringing a car with you or buying one as soon as you land, the best way to get around in a new country is public transportation. After all, you can rack up some serious bills with rental cars.

Familiarize yourself with every bus stop, metro station, and car service. All of these will be necessary to daily life in the new country you have just moved to. If you will be walking or driving, then study maps of the area. Knowing where you are can make your life so much easier in a new country. 

Let us face it, moving is not easy. It is a daunting task, but if you truly want it you can make any country home. All it takes is a little time and effort. Follow any one of these steps and see how much easier the moving process becomes. Happy travels!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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