If you are thinking about relocating or moving abroad, you are not the only one. Around 3.5% of the global population – a staggering 272 million people – is estimated to live outside of their home country. Whatever the reason behind your move is, the months ahead are bound to be among the most exciting ones of your life.
However, planning for a moving day within your hometown can be stressful – let alone when you also have to deal with international transport! If your moving day is approaching and you already have your visa, documents, and work-related matters in order, it is time to start planning your departure. Here are five simple tips that can help you be ready for the exciting – and often stressful – experience ahead.
Know What To Expect From Your Destination
If you are travelling abroad for the first time, it is important to learn as much as possible about your destination. Ideally, you would have spent some time checking out your destination country, learning about the culture, and practising the language.
However, now that the moving day is quickly approaching, there are some other checks to carry out. Firstly, you should use your government’s official website to check for security warnings that are active in your destination country – these can include terrorism and natural disasters advice. You should also check the weather to know how and what to pack for the journey ahead.
Find a Community for Support
Pinpointing the existing expat’s community in your destination country is vital – especially if you don’t speak the local language. Thanks to the experience of others that have followed your same path, you can get insider tips, avoid common pitfalls, and escape the often headache-inducing bureaucracy of some countries.
A community of people that have moved to the same country can also help you discover the best places to visit, eat, and drink in town.