Heed Our Advice to Enjoy Your Move Abroad
Making an international move is not an easy feat. It can be time consuming and drain both your financial and physical resources. Getting as much information as possible before the transition can help make it as smooth as possible. Here are just a few tips that you will want to keep in mind when you prepare for moving abroad.
The first step is to get organized! Gather all of your documents and keep both an electronic copy and hard copy somewhere safe. Make sure that any documentation that you will need during your actual journey overseas is kept somewhere that is easily accessible. Next make a list of everything you will need to get done before your trip, then create a timeline. This will help ensure you have everything completed by the date it needs to be done. Items on this list include items like cancelling any services you use like cell phone, electric, internet and cable along with selling your car and home.
Just because you have a timeline with specific deadlines doesn’t mean you need to wait until that day arrives to mark the task off your list. When it comes to getting your visa, immunizations and international health insurance– do these things as soon as possible if you are able to. More items will get added to your list throughout the process and keep you plenty busy.
Research Your Host Country
Knowing the local culture in the country you will be moving to can help you and your family with the transition. Also, keep in mind that culture shock is very common. Be prepared to experience culture shock and be on the lookout for its symptoms. Common symptoms include :
- a feeling of sadness and loneliness,
- an over-concern about your health,
- headaches, pains, and allergies
- insomnia or sleeping too much
- anger, depression, vulnerability
- idealizing your own culture
- trying too hard to adapt by becoming obsessed with the new culture
- unable to solve problems
- feeling shy or insecure
- become obsessed with cleanliness
- overwhelming sense of homesickness
- feeling lost or confused
- questioning your decision to move
Recognizing these symptoms as culture shock and understanding that it’s normal to experience these when making an international move can help you get through it.
Keep in mind that becoming an expat is an exciting experience! Prepare for moving abroad and enjoy it while you can.