Zen Expats: Take The Stress Out Of Moving Abroad

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We all know that moving house can be very stressful. Moving abroad can be a completely different ball game altogether. If you thought moving home within the same country was often a nightmare, you might be amazed at just how much more stressful it can be to move your entire life to another country. However, the benefits could be worth it as you might be able to take on a better job opportunity or simply enjoy a higher quality of life.

Don’t worry if you are thinking of becoming an expat in a new country, though – moving doesn’t have to always be hellish! Here are a few tips that can help you take all the stress out of moving abroad!

Do All Your Paperwork In Advance

There could be a lot of paperwork for you to fill out if you do decide to move abroad. There are a few countries that will require you to get a visa to be able to live there for an extended period of time. Generally speaking, you will need to have this sorted before you enter the new country but you may be able to move on a tourist visa and sort out the permanent residency once you arrive. There will be other paperwork that might need to be filled out as well relating to health insurance and taxes. Be sure to complete all of this well in advance.

Visit The Destination To Find Accommodation

Do you know where you will live once you move? If not, it could be worth visiting the destination before you do move so you can have somewhere lined up ready for you. This will then save you the stress of moving into a rented home and house hunting as soon as you arrive. Visiting also gives you the chance to explore a few different neighborhoods to see which one you will feel more at home in.

Hire A Professional Removal Firm

You won’t be able to fit all of your belongings into a suitcase so it’s worth hiring a removal firm to help you out. Make sure you find one that specializes in international moves and has a great track record. It might also be worth looking into different shipping companies if you are going to be taking any especially large and bulky furniture or your car. Make sure you get quotes off a few different companies to figure out who will be the most affordable.

Learn Some Of The Language In Advance

If you are moving to a country whose native language isn’t English, you might be worried about how well you will cope with the language barrier. To get over this hurdle, you simply need to take a few language classes before you move. Make sure you continue to learn the language once you arrive as it will help you settle in a lot quicker as you won’t have any issues doing simple things, like the weekly grocery shop and ordering in restaurants.

You can still be zen when moving abroad!


Greetings, my name is Paige Gilmar. I am currently a student at American University seeking to acquire a PhD in Comparative Literature. I have a thirst for writing quality pieces, whether they are short stories, a news article and/or a full-blown novel. I am so happy to become a member of the SOCIAL team, and fully enjoy the inspiring motivation the groups exude. It truly is a privilege to work with such talented people with such a successful magazine.

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