Moving house is a big enough decision to make, but when you’re moving abroad it’s even bigger, and is something that really takes a lot of thought and planning.
It can certainly be an exciting time, but it can also be pretty daunting and stressful with all the things that there are to organize and get ready, and if you want to enjoy the experience of moving to and living in a new country, then it’s important to get these things taken care of as soon as possible so that you can make your journey as stress free as possible.
So, in this post we’re going to give you some tips on what things to consider when moving abroad.
Where you’re going to live:
When moving abroad, it’s natural that you’ll be looking at places to live, and that the chances are you might not be able to see them until you actually move in, so unlike at home, the whole process may be conducted via a combination of email, phone, and possibly even video chat. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t do some research before heading off and seeing what kinds of properties you like and even what neighborhoods you think would be suitable for your needs and lifestyle.
If you need health insurance:
In many countries, health insurance is mandatory, so although this is usually something your employer will let you know about when you take a job – if that’s the reason for moving and will assist you with it, it’s definitely something you should look into regardless and should shop and see what your options are cost wise and if you also can get coverage for your family such as your partner and children of if there different rules in place for them.
If you’re able to drive:
Each country has its own rules and regulations for everything, and this includes driving, and even if the country your moving to drives on the same side of the road as you do at home, it’s never a good idea to just assume that you’re able to drive just because you have a license back home. Countries such as Germany have quite strict requirements for their citizens and residents when learning to drive and the process is significantly longer and more detailed than in countries such as the US, so if you’re coming from the US to a country like Germany, then you may have to take additional lessons to help you meet the local requirements. The good news is, this isn’t an uncommon situation and you should be able to have a search online and find a Driving School that will be able to help you.
If you’ll need to learn the language:
Even if English is the international language, it’s not a language that everyone speaks if they don’t have to, and when living in or visiting a new country, it’s simply going to make your life easier and also is the polite thing to do to attempt to learn a bit of the language.