Moving overseas is definitely not like moving down the street - or even across the country.
There's much more to an international move to think about. Everything from your paperwork to how much you bring on the plane has to be considered, and the sooner you start planning, the better.
Whether you're in the early stages of your international move or it's right around the corner, here are five tips that will make the process much easier.
Do you already have a visa ready for the country you're planning to move to? Are you sure that you have the right to work in that country? Will your current driver's license be valid for you to drive there?
These are just a few of the questions you need to ask yourself. They will have a major impact on how smooth your transition goes, and they can hold up your entire moving process if you don't plan well.
This is arguably one of the most important things you can do before an international move, for a few reasons.
First, there may be certain vaccines you're required to take before going to your chosen destination, or upon arrival. Second, if you're currently on prescription medication, you'll want to take more than your usual supply during your move. This way, you can continue your treatment as you settle in without having to worry about finding a doctor right away (although, this should be a priority).
Lastly, it's a good idea to have a copy of all your medical records up until your move, even if you're not currently undergoing treatment or taking medication. This will provide your new doctor with everything they need to assess your health and offer treatment, should this come up.
Whether you're moving overseas for work or you plan to figure out work once you get there, make sure you budget. More importantly, include emergency funds and savings in your budget.
The last thing you want to do is run low on money while you're settling into such a new place. Budgeting helps you get there in the most efficient and responsible manner.
Just as much as you want to maximize your cash, you should also downsize your belongings. This will make your fresh start feel more exciting. Instead of having so many things to worry about as you get from Point A to Point B, downsizing allows you to travel light and to lay your roots with a clean slate.
Plus, you may be able to generate some extra moving funds if you sell old clothes, furniture, or perhaps even your car.
The final thing you should do before moving to another country is to learn about that country.
Learn everything you can about it. Study the language, the history, the cultural norms, and the current state of affairs, just to name a few things. This will be a tremendous help as you settle in and work to become a local.
If you're considering moving overseas as an English language teacher, you've come to the right place. We work hard to set clear expectations, find the ideal placement, and support you in this big life decision!
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