If you’ve taken the plunge and are planning on moving overseas then congratulations! Starting afresh in a new country can be one of the best experiences of your life. However, there are a few stressful situations that make come up along the way. We’ve put together our top tips to help you make the move as smooth and pain-free as possible. Just read on to find out what you need to do.

Book A Hotel

Unless you have a new home already booked, paid for, and organized, booking a hotel is vital for the first week or two of your arrival. You don’t want to book one night and then be stuck with nowhere else to go. It may take you a couple of weeks to find a home suitable to live in so having a temporary base will mean that you don’t have to rush into picking a place that isn’t the right fit.

Get Health Insurance

Having cover right off the bat is important for your physical and financial safety. If something bad were to happen to you on the flight over, or as soon as you land in the country, you’ll want to have private health cover. Depending on where you’re moving to, your healthcare may be lower cost or even free, but things like eye care and dental plans are usually still chargeable. By having a good global health insurance plan in place, you could end up saving a huge deal of money in the long run.

Negotiate A Relocation Fee

If you’re moving abroad for a job then try and make sure you negotiate a moving package before you accept. Moving abroad can be super expensive, so having some extra money tagged onto your salary can make the world of difference when it comes to covering travel expenses, freighting costs if you’re taking large items and furniture with you, and hotel fees until you find a new place. Most companies should offer you a good fee in addition to your wages to make the move easier.

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…Or Find A New Job

If you are moving for a new lifestyle, rather than an existing job, it’s worth trying to find a new one before you go. Job hunting in a new unfamiliar place can be daunting, especially if there is a language barrier.  If you can get something in place before you leave you will be in a much better position, especially as you will need a fair bit of money for the move itself, and your first few months.

Try making connections via LinkedIn, or ask your existing employers if they know anyone who could offer you a new opportunity. If that fails, online job boards are helpful, even if you just find a temporary position for your first few months whilst you look for something, more career-driven and long-term.

Learn The Language

If you’re moving to a country that speaks English then great! However, if you’re moving to a country that has its own first language make sure you learn at least the basics before you go. Whilst many countries do have residents that speak and understand English, it is better to be respectful and learn their mother tongue if you’re planning on living there for a while.

Understand The Laws And Culture

As well as learning the language of where you’re headed, it’s also a good idea to research the local laws and customs. You may be moving to someplace that is super different from your current country so to avoid a huge culture shock it is best to understand what life is like where you are going. They may eat totally different food to what you’re used to.

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They may drive on the other side of the road, they may adhere to stricter rules than you’re used to. You need to be prepared to avoid any awkward or potentially law-breaking behavior that may land you in trouble. It’s also good to know so that you can gauge if you will actually be happy where you’re moving to. Being opened minded really helps if you’re planning on making a big move.

Research Hobbies

One of the most daunting things about moving is leaving friends and loved ones behind. Look up local groups that you can join that are based on the things that you love to do. It will help you make connections with like-minded people who enjoy the same things, so you can easily make friends, and fill your spare time up with something fun! If you’re a fitness fanatic, join a local yoga class, or if you’re a bookworm, why not search for some book clubs? The more you immerse yourself in your local community, the faster you will feel settled and at home.

Have you recently relocated abroad? What are your top tips for an easier move? Share in the comments!