While moving anywhere can be exciting and stressful, moving to an entirely new country can present some even more pronounced issues. Even for those who have spent a lot of time traveling, totally and completely living in a new place is much different. So to help make this process a little easier to transition into, here are three ways you can prepare for moving to a different country.
Get Your Employment Figured Out
Before you make the plunge to moving to a new country, you’re going to want to ensure that you’re able to support yourself while you’re there. According to Diane Schmidt, a contributor to The Spruce, finding a job overseas is often more of a challenge than getting something in your home country. However, if you use things like job boards, your own contacts, international recruiters, and even look for things that allow to telecommuting, you should be able to find something that will work for you. Until you get a job in the new country you’ll be living in, it will be hard to nail down any of the other logistics.
Make A Doctor Appointment
When you travel to a new country, you will sometimes need to get additional vaccinations. But when you’re going to be living in a different country, your medical preparation may be a little more intense. According to Deborah L. Jacobs, a contributor to Forbes.com, you should always check with the CDC to see what immunizations or vaccinations you need to go to that new country. Additionally, make sure you get an International Certificate of Vaccination so that the new country you’ll be living in will have proof that you got the necessary medical care before you came to the country. This can be invaluable if some type of outbreak happens while you’re living abroad.
Handle Your Possessions
Brian Martucci, a contributor to Money Crashers, shares that because it’s often very expensive to bring a lot of your possessions overseas with you, be it flying with them as checked baggage or shipping them over on their own, you’ll want to figure out how to handle your possessions before you leave. While some people are willing to give them up through a yard sale or through donation, you may want to consider getting a storage unit that can house everything you want to keep while you’re away. Just make sure you’re only keeping the things you’ll use again or need so that you’re not wasting your money storing things that you don’t actually plan to use if you return to your home country.
If you’ll be moving to a new country soon, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare for this new adventure.