Leaving on a Jet Plane: A Quick Guide to Moving Internationally

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Have you decided to move out of the country to pursue a new career opportunity or just ready for something new and different?

Moving overseas can be equally exciting and stressful. Greet your new horizons well prepared with this quick guide to moving internationally.

Secure a Job Before Moving Internationally


If you are planning on moving overseas, you should also plan on getting a job before you pack up your whole life and move. Some countries will require a work visa or permit before you can legally work there, and often times the only way to do that is to have the job lined up beforehand.

Do some research about the country you are planning on moving to before you make concrete plans, especially since not all countries may have job openings in your field. If this is the case, then it might be a good opportunity to try something new and switch industries.

Be Sure to Get Your Visa Before Moving


Every country has different requirements according to the reason why you are traveling. So you will have to determine what type of visa you need for your circumstances and begin the process of acquiring it.

If you and your spouse are moving, some countries only allow one spouse to be employed so you will have to decide who will be the breadwinner and can you afford to live on a one-person income. If you are moving to study abroad, then you will also want to be aware of the requirements needed to maintain your student visa.

Find Housing Before You Move


Before you decide "I want to sell my house fast!" make sure you have secured your travel visas and found somewhere to stay longterm abroad. You won't want to stay in a hotel if you can help it, since that may cost you a lot of money out of pocket if its an extended period of time.

If you aren't entirely sure of where you'd like to move or would like to familiarize yourself with the different neighborhoods, signing a short term lease on an apartment is a great option. This will allow you to have a steadier residence and time to learn more about your new city.

Set up an Account with an International Bank


Setting up an account with an international bank before your move is the best way to make sure you have access to your funds without the fear of having to pay foreign transaction fees or being unable to access your funds.

If you travel a lot, you may already have this setup, but if not now is a good time to do it and avoid any setbacks that may occur.

Packing Up and Shipping


The final thing to do before moving overseas is packing your possessions and shipping them abroad. This is a great time to go through your things and think hard about what you need and can't live without.

If you aren't planning on living abroad long, you may want to consider storing certain items, otherwise, it's a good time to donate or trash what isn't worth shipping or storing.

Are You Ready to Plan Your Big Move?


Moving internationally doesn't have to be stressful if you take the time to do your research and are prepared for the big move.

If you are ready to plan your move abroad, be sure to keep browsing our website for some great properties available in Europe!