What to Do Before Moving Overseas

February 17th, 2010 | Categories: Travel And Leisure | Tags: , , , ,

You’ve taken the time to find the perfect overseas location to spend the next couple of months or years. You’ve done your research, made your budget, saved your funds, and learned the language so that you can live comfortably during your time there. No matter how easy, wonderful, or cheap it is, you really have to ask yourself whether you can really enjoy living in this new place. Is it worth all of the work to prepare for moving overseas? Just having the money isn’t enough to really enjoy your foreign location.

The first step is to take a step back and examine everything. One of the first things you need to realize is that all of the conveniences you have at your home might not be readily available to you. So when you’re moving overseas, you need to know what services will be at your disposal. After you know what’s available to you, you’ll be able to be comfortable from the moment you move in. However, if you can’t really appreciate things like the food, entertainment options, culture, and the weather, then you’re probably not going to like it.

That’s not to say you won’t experience some initial culture shock. And let’s be honest, you’re going to have a bad day every now and then. Once that bad day passes, you’ll be able to go back to enjoying your new home. It’s important that you don’t feel like a stranger in your new location, so you really want to get out there and make sure you enjoy the overall culture of your location.

  1. May 6th, 2010 at 15:33
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    One way to avoid culture shock is to take your own car with you! You might need to learn how to drive it on a different side of the street, but it would be like having a piece of home with you.

  2. sara
    May 8th, 2010 at 17:15
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    I recently moved my mothers things from Los Angeles to Australia!
    I searched for movers in Los Angeles and found City Movers LLC!
    They packed wrapped and itemized everything and directed us to an international mover, they packed my mothers things on a sea container and bon voyage! My mothers things made it fine!
    Thanks to City Movers, so if your looking for international movers in Los Angeles, I reccomend calling City Movers LLC

  3. pdreynol
    May 19th, 2010 at 16:35
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    I was thinking about why people sell their homes. For my family, it was about ‘Dad taking a job in another city’. Reflecting on this, I guess the new house was always bigger. Then came the divorce! Today a huge number of people just want to downsize. It could be for environmental reasons or retirement. The newspapers tell us it’s sometimes just to stop the kids moving back home. I would be interested in your opinion why this trend is growing. Tell me what you think at http://www.PropertyPlace.ca

    Reasons for downsizing:
    • To lower the monthly mortgage payment: house poor
    • Buy a second vacation home: house rich
    • To pay off the mortgage entirely: cash rich
    • To simplify life. Smaller house means less space and forces de-cluttering: junk poor
    • Lower utilities. Small means less lights and city utilities: tax rich
    • Financial independence is closer: no wage slave

  4. July 13th, 2010 at 16:47
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    One of the things about moving overseas is that unless you already have a ton of friends or family there, it can be pretty overwhelming. Try to find the local American Consulate and email them for more information on how to find English speaking regions or areas. Many large cities have Chinatowns here in the US or Germantowns. The same goes for overseas, there may be an Americanized region with people who you can meet and make friends with. The consulate would be able to tell you this.

  5. November 22nd, 2010 at 02:51
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    I found it very usefull when moving overseas to search for a moving company that have international locations.
    Also If the moving is for a short period of time it is better to store your items locally and rent a furnished apartment overseas.
    When renting furnished apartments in english speaking coutries like Canada, UK, Australia is is better to go with companies that provide extended services like renting in cultural friedly neighbourhood.