5 TIPS FOR PREPARING TO MOVE TO A NEW COUNTRY
You've landed that new job overseas, so now what? Now begins the process of moving overseas. Here are 10 tips to prepare for that initial move:
1) Research - Learn all you can about the new culture you're moving to. My favorite source for this is finding blogs of other expats living in the same city to learn about the new culture through an expat's eyes.
2) Connect - Join Facebook groups for expats in your city. You'd be surprised how many there are these days. They are a great resource for asking questions, finding things for your new home, recommendations for local food/restaurants, and even making new expat friends that might eventually become your family away from home.
3) Sell - Get rid of as much STUFF as you can. Have a garage sale and take that extra money with you to buy stuff in your new country. Your baggage on the airplane is limited, and it's often cheaper to buy new stuff when you arrive. If you must, you can store stuff in a storage unit if you're not sure this overseas things is a long term venture. However, there is SO much freedom in not being tied down by stuff.
4) Store - Ask family members to store the important memorabilia you want to keep but don't want to lug overseas. For example, those baby pictures or family heirlooms are probably best kept safe with family until you settle down into a permanent home
5) Pack - In addition to packing the essentials, like clothes and prescriptions, you will want to bring at least one or two things that remind you of home to get you through that first year in a new culture away from family. One of the best pieces of advice a fellow expat gave me when I first moved overseas was to bring a favorite scented candle (or essential oil) or Grandma's quilt - something that will help make your new house feel like HOME
I hope you find these tips helpful. If you're already an expat, what other tips do you have for those beginning their expat life?