10 Things to Consider When Moving Abroad

February 11 2020

Moving from the UK abroad can be a massive experience. Whether you are moving for work, looking for a new view during your morning commute, moving for love or simply moving abroad for a year to study or travel, we have compiled a list of 10 things to consider when moving abroad to help you on your way.

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1. Where Are you Moving to?

The first thing to consider when moving overseas is where will you be moving to? Do you know everything there is to know about your chosen destination? What is life like for expats in Spain? What is public transport like in Holland?

Finding out as much as you can about your new home before you move abroad is the most important thing to consider before moving as the climate, economy and culture will all affect your moving experience.

2. Visas

Do you need a visa to move abroad? Each country has its own rules for foreign nationals taking up residency so it is important to find this out before you start planning your move abroad. Visa delays can cause all sorts of problems so it is worth knowing as much as you can before you start the visa application process.

3. Do you Speak the Language?

If you are moving to a country where the first language is not English, consider how you will incorporate this into your move planning. Do you need copies of official documents in the local language?

If you are moving abroad with children, where are the local English-language schools? It is worth looking into learning the language as this will make the transition easier if you are moving abroad for a prolonged time.

One of our tips for moving abroad is to seek out local language-learning groups for expats or students. This will help you integrate into the local community easier whilst being a fun way to meet new people.

4. Moving into a New Home Abroad

One of the most important things to consider when moving abroad is where you will live abroad. Do you already have somewhere arranged? Will you be buying or renting abroad? How big is your new home? These are all important questions when moving countries. 

Another thing to consider when moving abroad is how you will move your belongings abroad. If you are downsizing, will you need to look at storage facilities? Choosing an international removals company you can trust is an important step of moving to a new country.

5. Money Matters

One of the main things to consider when moving abroad is how much it will all cost. As well as the cost of relocating to a new country, the cost of living in your chosen destination will also have to be considered. If the cost of living will be higher than in the UK, think about whether your savings or any income from a new job abroad will cover this.

When moving abroad, you will need to arrange for any funds to be transferred over, this will probably include setting up a new bank account. in the local area. If you are moving abroad for a year to study, the educational institution will usually have someone who can guide you through setting up a local bank account.

Some advice for moving abroad is to change a small amount of money into the local currency to cover any immediate costs on your arrival. Budget enough to cover any costs of moving until you are able to open a local bank account or until your first paycheck when moving abroad for work.

6. Working Abroad

When moving abroad for work, there are a number of things to consider. Depending on the country you are moving to, you may have to apply for a work visa. The U.S.A, for example, requires a special visa if you will be working there as you will not be allowed to work in America on a visitor visa.

Is your move abroad dependant on work? If so, it is vital that you have a firm offer of work and any necessary paperwork arranged before relocate abroad.

7. Friends & Family

Moving abroad is an exciting time, you are discovering new places and experiencing new sights and sounds. Keeping your social media updates with each and every step can only go so far in keeping in touch with friends and family back home.

Be sure to let them know how you are getting on using tools such as Skype as well as the occasional treat through the postage system if you can. This is a big change for them as well as you!

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8. Moving Your Pet

Your pet is an important part of the family, so make sure they are taken care of properly and considered in the moving process. It is a good idea to travel a few days ahead of your furry friend to make sure your new home is all set up and comfortable ready for their arrival. You should also be sure to choose a reputable pet transportation service to create the best experience for moving your pet abroad.

9. Your Vehicle

One of the biggest questions when moving overseas is what to do with your car when moving. Trusted shipping companies such as Anglo Pacific provide international vehicle removals worldwide so you can send your car, motorbike, motorhome, boat or any other type of vehicle abroad with confidence. Visit our car shipping page for more information.

10. Packing to Move Abroad

Top of your packing list for moving abroad should be the necessities you absolutely cannot live without. These should be packed separately to your main load for ease of access upon arriving at your destination. When sending your personal belongings abroad, many international shipping companies will provide their own packing services to protect your belongings through their travels. If you are moving abroad to study, consider excess baggage services to cover anything that cannot fly with you on the plane.

If you are moving abroad and looking for a removals service you can trust, contact us on 0800 633 5445, or use the form below and we will be in touch to answer any questions you may have.

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