Moving your life abroad is one of the most exciting things you can do. When vacations are just not enough for you anymore, finding a new place to live, work, and explore can be just the ticket. And these days, with the increase in remote and flexible work, it is more feasible than ever before.

Relocating abroad is a huge challenge, with plenty of difficulties, but there are also lots of ways to make the process easier and more manageable. 

So if you are looking for a fresh start in an exotic destination or just planning to discover what life is like halfway around the world, here are a few tips to make your relocation a little easier.

Research before you move

Finding out everything you can about the area of your chosen new home before you arrive is sure to make your transition that much easier. 

You’ll need to know about the lifestyle basics, of course – what currency locals use, where’s the nearest grocery shop to your home, the best restaurants nearby, are there any banks in the area, where you can pay bills, get a drink, or go for a walk. 

But there are some deeper and more thrilling discoveries that are worth your time! 

Perhaps, even before you make your final decision, you will already know what are the local communities, public events, or suspicious myths. 

  • What is the culture like in the city where you plan to move? 
  • How welcoming and friendly are they to LGBTQ people? 
  • Are there local meet-up groups you can join to develop a community quickly? 

Some countries are less friendly than others when it comes to LGBTQ expats (some even have laws that make homosexuality illegal), so knowing what to expect before you choose where to live is vital.

Contact your bank and phone companies

Depending on where you are moving to, you might not need to change banks or telephone providers, but letting them know your plans will be helpful. 

Your bank may be able to offer you a credit card that works overseas, and your phone company might also be able to help with a plan that covers your destination. 

Either way, keeping them in the loop helps prevents unexpected problems down the line. 

Start packing early

Putting it all together and ready to leave is easier said than done, notes packing expert Ryan Banks. Here are some tips from the expert:

  • Begin by packing items that are not essential. 
  • Make sure that all of your important documents and valuables are stored safely in a safe place, including passports, insurance documents, and copies of your credit cards. 
  • Use the correct box size for each item. 
  • Seal boxes properly. 
  • Leave enough space for air to circulate where it’s due. 
  • Avoid stacking heavy items on top of one another, as this can lead to injury or worse. 
  • Pack the contents of the boxes using the right colors.
  • Do additional labels so nothing gets lost during relocation.

Start saving early

Moving abroad is an expensive business. 

This shouldn’t put you off, but it is worth planning ahead, and having enough in the bank to cover all sorts of eventualities. You may well be heading to a destination where the cost of living is cheap, but to start with, at least, you’ll find that there are an awful lot of expenses that need covering, from your initial travel to outfitting your new house. Plus, you’ll want to have enough saved up, so you can properly enjoy your new home! 

So start saving early and make sure you’ve got a decent nest egg sorted before you set out on your adventure. 

Find where to live if you’re jumping in the blue

You should always aim to have somewhere to live sorted before you arrive at your new destination. You can always arrange to stay somewhere temporary to begin with, before looking around yourself and finding somewhere to rent, but we recommend contacting a real estate franchise in your intended destination for assistance in advance with finding accommodation. It might be a little more expensive than doing everything yourself, but it will be immeasurably less stressful and complicated.

Sell, ship, or store?

Shipping all your possessions halfway around the world is an expensive and complicated business, so most of the time putting them in storage is the way to go, comment moving professionals What Removals. 

However, if you are planning to move on and relocate for a long time, or even forever, then you might want to consider selling a few things you’d either trash or leave behind anyways – it is easier and cheaper than long-term storage and will give you a little extra cash to play with!

A bag of essentials during the trip

You should prep an overnight bag with all your essentials. If you don’t manage to unpack all those boxes, you should have a bag with all the items that you will need to be ready to function the next day. 

A clear plastic box is a good place to keep a fresh change of clothes, phone charges, snacks and even toilet roll when you’re moving.

Use a professional relocation company

One of the simplest ways to streamline your move abroad is by looking for an international relocation company to take care of most of the work for you! A good relocation company will reduce your stress enormously and make the whole process simple, letting you get on with enjoying your latest adventure!

Time to move!

Moving home can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Take your time and follow these tips to help you get organized and make your move as smooth as possible.