Getting Ready To Move Abroad

Getting Ready To Move Abroad

If you have been traveling around for years, and you have finally decided on where you want to spend the rest of your life. Then you are probably in the middle of planning a huge move. And at first that might seem scary, but after a while, the excitement will kick in. You can use that excitement to be the driving force behind managing everything that is to follow.

Save

And then save some more. You cannot have enough money ready as a backup should you need it. You might think you have everything. Still, you might get to the new home and realize that actually, you forgot essentials like tea, coffee, and toilet paper. Those things won’t break the bank, but add them the new insurance upfront fees and more – and you’re going to be glad you saved.

Health Care

You have to be really sure of the health care requirements in your new country. In most cases, there will be a range of services that you will be entitled to. For a short period, your typical travel insurance can cover you while you find the right providers. And, if you have any prescription medications, you should check in advance if they let you have those in that country, or if there is an alternative

Research

While you might’ve fallen in love with the location during the time you spent there on holiday that doesn’t mean that you are familiar with the economy and culture of the area. Try to do as much research as you can. There might be local lingo, hot-spots that you have to try to eat in, and places to avoid at night. Read up and soak it all in.

Culture

More on culture. Take your time to acclimatize to the culture in the area you moved to. There are going to be governmental rules, local groups and social norms that you aren’t aware of. If you have decided to move somewhere that is a melting pot of other cultures too, then you need to work out where you fit in.

Shipping or Selling

The first point was about saving as much money as you can in advance of the move. So for this point, selling is going to be high on your agenda. Anything heavy that you don’t use, or just old is better off being donated or sold. Things like your clothing, computers, furniture and so one should be booked in with a moving company like mybekins.com, so you don’t have to worry about transporting it yourself.

Copies

You should keep copies of your most important documents so that if you accidentally pack some away. You can whip out the copies from your trusty moving folder (the one that you will have with you at all times during the move).

Say Goodbye

It is much more important to say goodbye, then you might think. It provides a beautiful end to a chapter of your life in that area. It gives you and the people you love, the chance to say goodbye and create a pleasant final memory.

And that is it! Enjoy your big adventure.

Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Workpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Workpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • 12Go – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then 12Go is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and air travel.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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