Planning a move overseas can feel a bit overwhelming.
Whether you’re relocating for your career or you just want a lifestyle change, there’s a lot to think about and plan when you’re considering uprooting your life.
However, you can easily make this transition easier by taking a long vacation to your new intended home beforehand.
Not only can you familiarize yourself with your new country, but you’ll learn how to “fit in” before you move in.
If you’ve decided that living abroad is right for you but you want to make sure you’re fully prepared, we’ve got some tips on what you can do during a long vacation to prepare yourself and make the most of the next chapter of your life.
Check Out Your Neighborhood
One of the best ways to feel comfortable and welcome in a new place is to familiarize yourself with what will eventually be your neighborhood.
Visit local shops and cafes, and introduce yourself to people in the community. They’ll be your neighbors – and possibly your new friends – before you know it!
If you really want to vet a neighborhood before moving there, try some of the following ideas:
Visit at different times of day/night;
Consider nearby real estate activity;
Look up local history;
Look up resources online.
If you’ve already settled on a location, you can make your extended vacation feel more like home by having some of your items shipped overseas while you’re there. It might seem like a big expense, but it can cross something off your list now.
Plus, if you already have a specific place you know you’ll be staying, taking as much with you as you can now reduce the stress and chaos of having to pack and ship everything later.
Determining the Right Location
Maybe you want to move overseas for a change of pace, but you haven’t fully committed to one location.
If you’re going to be moving with your family, it’s a good idea to bring them along on your extended vacation. It can help you determine if a certain spot is a good fit for you and your kids, or if you should keep looking elsewhere.
This lifestyle is not only convenient because you won’t have to worry about taking your kids to school overseas since they’ll be learning online, but it will also help them stay connected with friends and family when they’re homesick.
Vacationing somewhere for a long time will also help you and your family to determine if the country is welcoming to ex-pats.
Once you’ve decided where to go and you’ve spent some time there on vacation, it’s time to start thinking about officially moving.
The most important thing you can do immediately is to start saving money. Moving tends to be expensive within the country.
When you’re shipping your belongings overseas, it’s going to cost even more. It all depends on the distance, the number of boxes moved, and how many services you’ll require to help.
Second, obtain the right kind of visa from the country you’re moving to. By researching specific requirements and making sure you get the specific visa you need, you’ll speed up the legal process and avoid any delays or complications.