Tips for Moving Internationally

If you’re due to move overseas for work, you have exciting times ahead, but you do need to plan. As with many major life changes, the number one challenge is finding the funds necessary. If you’re lucky enough to have a few months’ notice, you need use every single day to save up. The more money you have, the better prepared you’ll be for unexpected occurrences far from home. With complex projects such as overseas moves, these are more than likely — unexpected charges when moving, wardrobe needs that you never foresaw, health insurance costs that you had no idea about and so on.

Once you resolve to save, there are a few other things that you need to keep in mind. It makes sense to put everything down on a to-do list. It would hardly do to remember when you’re standing in line at immigration in a strange country, that you’ve forgotten your shots.

First things first — get your paperwork in order

About three-quarters of the work involved in moving overseas has to do with paperwork. There’s a lot more to it than getting your passport and visa ready.

You’ll find it very hard when you come back to get new ones without recent credit history You’ll need to talk to your bank and notify them of your move, and put a friend or relative in charge. You don’t want to close your checking account or your credit card account. In some cases, you may be able to transfer your account or card to the new country.

If you believe you’ll receive mail, you’ll need to contact the post office to ask about their rerouting options, talk to your insurance company about coverage when you’re overseas, and determine whether your driver’s license has validity in the country that you’re going to. If you run a business or have investments, you will need to prepare power of attorney to hand to someone who will be in charge of all your decisions in your absence.

Think about what you’re taking

Unless you’re moving to Canada or Mexico, a DIY move is out of the question. You’ll need professionals. Since moving possessions across countries can be very expensive, you’ll need to de-clutter as far as possible. Talking to professional international movers can help you determine how much most people tend to take, and what makes sense for you. In many cases, you may be able to save considerably by choosing to ship your belongings by sea or over land instead of flying everything out. Whatever possessions remain, you’ll either need to sell them or put them in long-term storage.

Look after your pets

Not only do you need to take care of your own vaccinations before you go, you need to make sure that your pets are up-to-date, as well. You need to consult with travel instructions for the country to find out how to prepare your pets.

Finally, take the opportunity to travel

Many people moving overseas never consider the possibility that they could use the opportunity to stop over in a few places along the way. If there is a city or country along the way that you would really like to visit, you could save a lot of money routing your travel in a way that gets you there for free. You’ll be able to strike one more place off your list, and save a lot of money along the way.