Practical tips when moving abroad
The recession blues make the sunshine ever more appealing these days. The economic downturn has pushed record numbers of Brits to seek a better life abroad, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics. Moving abroad is a wonderful opportunity to explore a new place while giving you a new lease of life. There’s plenty to consider, not least of which – what should you pack?
When it comes to packing, it is important to be ruthless. The knick-knacks that currently adorn your mantle piece may look very different in your new home. Pack what you wish you could grab if your house was burning – and discard the rest. You’ll want to buy plenty of new pieces once you’ve moved.
As for those affects you just can’t leave behind – you can opt to get such items shipped to your destination. Cardboard boxes are perfect for all the extras you can’t fit in your suitcase and are easily picked up for free at your local supermarket – just ask nicely. Bear in mind that you will pay the cost of not only shipping but also transit fees to your new home, and if you are migrating to a landlocked country those fees are likely to be astronomical.
Transportation of pets is easily done, as the majority of airlines are very pet friendly. Confirm if any shots are necessary and also check the climate of your destination when deciding the best time to fly, as extremes of heat or cold are not good for your pet and your airline may deny transport for your pet’s welfare.
Your clothes are likely to be the biggest space stealer when it comes to packing for your move. Consider your new climate carefully. Will you need that summer dress or that thermal underwear? It may sound obvious, but the human need to consume means that people often take plenty of items abroad that they don’t need, just so they won’t feel without.
A new country offers you the opportunity for a new lifestyle and a new wardrobe to go along with it. Getting rid of your old clothes is an exciting start. We buy clothes for cash but think nothing of giving them away. Sites like Music Magpie, where you can sell clothes as well as tech and music, give you the chance not only to lighten your suitcase, but also fill your wallet.
- Money, money, money
It can be easier if you are currently with an international bank, as they can help you with the transfer. If not, then you will need to decide what bank you would like to affiliate yourself with and request the necessary application forms for a new bank account. Enlist the help of your current bank when doing this so they can help you transfer funds once your new account is active. However, you will need to pay an overseas transfer fee, so it is best to move the largest amount of money you can at one time.
Organising yourself for your new move can seem like a lot of hassle as you try to tie up loose ends while beginning new ventures elsewhere. However, once the necessities are dealt with, you are free to dive straight in to your new life in a new country, blissfully happy in the knowledge that it was all worth it.