My Best Advice On How to Make Moving Abroad Smoother

travel tips - moving abroad

Aside from getting married and having kids, the most exciting adventure that anyone can embark on is moving abroad. It requires being brave, organized and extremely independent.

That is because you get to live and immerse in a completely new culture, get to know new places and have so many new experiences, but at the same time, you will be far away from everything and everyone you know.

Making the big move can be a bit intimidating for some but it is not something that you should let ruin the experience. There are always things that you can do to make it all easier and less stressful.

4 Tips for Moving Abroad

Finding the House
This is a hard enough task to be done if you are moving within your own city. That is where having a good real estate agent is so important. It has to be someone you trust and puts all of the attention that you require to helping you find the right home when you can’t be there all of the time. So spend a good time reading reviews of real estate investment mentors until you find the right one.

travel tips - moving abroad

You will, of course, have to travel there a couple of times to the city you picked to check on, but most of the work will be done by them.

Pack Light
I know we all are pretty attached to our stuff but transferring everything over to your new country can cost a small fortune. So take into consideration that it might be cheaper to buy most of your things there instead, including clothes and furniture. If you plan with enough time you might even be able to start to sell a lot of your stuff before you leave, providing some money to buy new furniture. However, since you will inevitably still find that you are going to want to bring more personal possessions than you can deal with yourself, be sure to get one of the best international moving companies to help you.

Plus, if you plan with enough time you might even be able to start selling everything before you leave, providing some money to buy your new furniture.

Give yourself time to settle in
This is something that most of us think that will happen sooner than it does. Don’t expect to be fully used to your new home and town within one month. Adjusting to a new language, culture, and home can be trickier. So don’t get depressed if you don’t feel like you fit in right away. Instead, try to enjoy noticing all of the differences and all of the mistakes you make. It means that you are learning and on the right path to settling in.

Find out what your new country had or doesn’t have
When we are all excited about living in a new and amazing place we tend to forget about little things like, how close is the nearest grocery store? does the local cable company has availability in your area? is the water service permanent or has set schedules? how about the ingredients for your favorite food? how easy is it to get what you buy online? etc.

These are simple things that you can do to have a much better experience when moving abroad. I wish I knew these when I was moving from my parent’s house and then again from Costa Rica to Guatemala.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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