Top 10 Tips for a Stress-free Move Abroad

Top 10 Tips for a Stress-free Move Abroad

The opportunity to move overseas is exciting and if you get the opportunity, it it something you should take.

This is an exciting chance to start fresh somewhere new but relocating can be stressful and when you are departing for a different country, there are even more things to think about.

To help make your move exciting and easier, check out our advice for a stress-free international move.


1. Get Organised

Make a list of everything you need to do and make a plan in advance. Don't leave everything till the last minute as this can really increase desperation levels. You might want to compile a moving home checklist and keep adding to the list as you go, this will make sure you don't forget anything important.


2. Consider What You Need

Work out how much stuff will you actually need in your new location, and whether it is easier to buy things there. Consider the cost too, for example if you have a sofa, will the transport costs be more expensive than buying a new one there. 


3. Find a Removal Firm

There are lots of reliable companies who can help with international moves, we recommend using a website like where you can compare reliable moving different companies.


4. Find Somewhere to Live

Check accommodation listings and locations, research all thoroughly before making a decision. You could consider somewhere temporary like an Airbnb before committing to something long term.


5. Research Your Destination 

Learning about the language, customs and etiquette of your new country, will really help you to adapt and integrate easier. Facebook groups for expats can be very helpful to connect with similar people and get questions answered.


6. Medical Insurance

Getting medical insurance is very important, and can save you a lot of money. Although insurance might seem like an inconvenient extra expense, it is best to be protected, incase you need any medical treatment. If you have a job lined up check to see if insurance is included, if not, then there are lots of companies offering plans.


7. Visas

Make sure you have obtained the right visa and paperwork before arriving in your destination. Every country has different criteria, rules and regulation for people seeking to live, work or study. Even if you are only staying a short period you will likely need a visa. Make sure you have the appropriate visa to save any hassle when you arrive.


8. Book Transport Early

Consider how you are going to get to your destination, and the earlier you book flights, the cheaper prices will be.


9. Currency

Get money exchanged in advance to get the best deals. Also make sure you have told your bank you are going to be overseas so yours cards will still work.


10. Language

If you are moving to a country where English isn't the native language you will want to improve your language skills. There are lots of websites and apps you can download to learn or pick up the basics. On arrival you might want to search out local language schools too.


Hopefully our list of recommendations will help you to have a successful move abroad. If you have any tips to share leave a comment below.