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Expat Tips that will Help you to Move Abroad with Ease

05/02/2021

Making the move and adapting to a new country can easily be an exciting challenge. You will have a lot to learn when you make the move, including possibly a new language and acclimatising to a new way of life. If you are having a hard time processing everything then this guide will help you to find out everything you need to know, so you can make the best decisions possible regarding your new venture.

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Have a Safety Net

It’s important that you begin saving as soon as you can when you begin your move abroad. You have to make sure that you have enough money if anything was to go wrong and you also need to make sure that you stay away from credit as much as possible. Ideally you would have two months’ worth of expenses put to one side. This money is not to be touched unless you were in a situation where the unexpected happened, so make sure that you keep this in mind as much as possible. If you do then you will soon find that it is more than possible for you to have the best experience possible when you move.

Research your destination

Remember, the most important tip to prepare yourself for a big life change such as relocating abroad are: do your research on the destination. I highly recommend joining expats groups online to ask questions about life in the city and practical tips for foreigners moving there. It will also give you an opportunity to meet new people abroad. Combine everything you have found in a notebook listing all pro’s and con’s, like quality and cost of living, weather, location, or salary, benefits and labour laws.

Be Flexible

If you know that you are going to have to go through a visa application process when you move to your new property, you have to remember there can, and probably will be delays. You have to make sure that you are as flexible as possible here. Don’t give up on your job and also make sure that you do not do anything drastic until you know that your visa is in place. If you can ensure that this is the case, then you won’t have to worry as much at the time.

Rent before you Buy

If you don’t want to commit to buying a property, then this is understandable. A good option would be for you to try and rent. If you spend a few months renting, then you will be able to make the best decisions regarding your area and you can also feel confident knowing that you are going to have the best time trying out different areas. If you are going to be buying a property, it’s helpful to plan out any renovations you are going to do, such as investing in engineered wood flooring.

Cosy home decor, table and flowers

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Decide on Health Insurance

When you visit a new country, you will have to decide if you want health insurance. Health insurance does vary depending on the country you visit. If you have an employer who sponsors your relocation, then they will most likely be able to advise you on the best policies out there, or who you should go with. If you can talk with them about anything you need then you can feel confident knowing that they are going to help support you through the entire process. If you are moving on your own accord, it’s more than possible for you to do your research online first, so you can find out everything you need to know.

Travel documents, passport, boarding pass, bank cards, etc.

Always get travel insurance before you travel | Photo by CardMapr

Give yourself time

Finally, don’t expect your new life to start perfectly off from day one, without a few adjustments and setbacks. Time will help you lessen the stress of travel and moving. Give yourself time to adjust to the new routines, a new house, new job, and a new lifestyle. Soon, you will feel at home in your new city!

Day trip to Oslo fjord in Norway

Have you relocating abroad before and have tips to share? Let me know in the comments!

Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.

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