Moving Abroad: The Ins and Outs Of The Transition



I have been lucky enough to visit places and I thought it was a great blessing to have moved to another country I really love. Most of the time, there wasn't a need to plan my next getaway or lust over a sandy beach. When wanderlust bites but time and budget do not allow me to travel, I know I will be able to count on a quick Singapore beach staycation. If you are planning to be an expatriate like myself, these expert tips will come in handy.


Visit Your New Home


Would you believe that some people simply point to the map and say ‘take me there?!’ Although it’s commendable, it isn’t something I could do willingly. No way, Jose! Nope, I would need to know that the place I am going live for the foreseeable future is somewhere I know and love. So, I would have to visit the place just to get a feel of my surroundings. Plus, I can also get used to the culture and the way of life. Moving isn’t only about moving properties – it’s also about transitioning into a new way of life.


Pack Light


This isn’t like a normal move where you can stuff everything into boxes and put them on the back of a van. If you’re moving to a different country, you won’t get there by car. Instead, you’ll need to hire space on a cargo plane. Plus, you’ll need to hire house movers when you reach the other side. Now, as you can imagine, the cost of everything will be extortionate. I know people who moved home and spent a couple of grand, and they thought that was cheap. If you’re like me, you won’t have that kind of money to burn. Thankfully, you can cut the costs by taking fewer items.


Make A Checklist


There is so much you have to do before you board your plane that it’s frightening. Seriously, going on holiday is enough for me, so I don’t know what I’ll be like if we ever move! What I do know is that a checklist helps most people organise their lives. For example, you can write down what tasks you must complete before you leave. Do you need to talk to the bank? What about your energy suppliers? Don’t forget to forward your mail. Of course you won’t – you won’t forget anything thanks to your checklist.


Take It One Step At A Time


Living in a foreign land isn’t going to be easy. There is so much to do that it can be suffocating. But, I’m a believer of taking it one day and one step at a time. That way, you can tackle what is currently on your plate before you go back for seconds. Sure, learning the language is important, as is making new friends, but it will fall into place in time.


Remember that the more pressure there is, the harder it is to enjoy.

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