Moving your family to another country for a job opportunity is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying. Itâ€™s exhilarating because youâ€™re setting out on an adventure. Yet, itâ€™s also terrifying because youâ€™ll be encountering the unknown, and so is your family.
Here are 5 steps to take to minimize the stress and make sure everything goes smoothly.
1. Pull out your calculator.
If your company is sending you overseas, then they may help you out with most of your costs; but if you are starting a new job or going to look for a job, then you will have to figure out your budget and costs as accurately as possible. Itâ€™s always better to overestimate how much money you will need for moving costs, travel expenses, and accommodation overheads rather than leaning toward overoptimism. Everything is not predictable and you may be stressed out by unexpected expenditures if you have a tight budget. If your calculations show that you donâ€™t have enough money, then you should either not move or borrow enough to cover your basic expenses.
The worst thing that you can do is to try and wing it. If you do, you will experience some harsh realities. Also, make sure that you research currency exchange rates and have your money in the right currency during your trip.
2. Plan your move.
Although the idea of planning ahead sounds fairly obvious, itâ€™s amazing how many people plan to plan, but never get around to actually sitting down with pen and paper (or tablet and virtual keyboard) and figuring out what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. The most important thing to plan is how to move your household belongings. The logistics can become quite overwhelming. One way to cut the stress by more than half is to contact a moving company with international connections. The Mayflower moving company assists people with international moves by managing relocations in more than 180 places around the world.
There is a tremendous amount of work that has to be done when you move to another country, including figuring out their various laws and costs, and you will need the help of an experienced moving company.
3. Fill up your address book.
Whether your move is temporary or you are leaving for good, you should make an effort to make sure that you have everyoneâ€™s most recent contact information. Also, plan ahead so that you can be courteous enough to say goodbye instead of just taking off and apologizing later. If you donâ€™t take the time to leave gracefully, you will make people feel insignificant and will sour many relationships. Donâ€™t underestimate how much you will miss your family and friends when you are in another country. You will long for familiar memories and customs when you find yourself immersed in another culture where everything feels strange.
4. Prearrange accommodations.
You will need food and shelter as soon as you land. You will be tired, experience jet lag, be cranky and frustrated and will need some nourishing food and a warm bed. If have friends in the country youâ€™re moving to, contact them because they may be delighted to accommodate you for a few nights. If you donâ€™t know anyone, then arrange for a few nights at a hotel through a travel agency or through an Internet reservation. If you are planning to rent before you get there, then only rent a temporary apartment rather than a house. Itâ€™s much better to look for places in person than rely on pictures on the Internet. There are two dangers of signing a rental lease overseas before you get there: one, pictures can be deceptive because itâ€™s only too easy to take pictures from the best angle and to cover up blemishes with Photoshop.; second, you might be the victim of an overseas landlord scam –when you get there, you’ll find that the person who rented out the house is not the landlord.
5. Research everything online.
Itâ€™s said that everything is invented twice: first in the mind and then in reality. Use this idea to think of your overseas move. Research as much as you can about your new country before you get there. If you do this right, the place will almost seem familiar when you get there. Using the power of the Internet, itâ€™s possible to know more about a country than even the people living there. If you plan early enough, you may even have a chance to learn their language and customs, at least enough to give you some conversational skills and avoid social faux pas.
You are about to embark on an adventure. In the old days, when people travelled by ship, the captain made sure that the ship was outfitted for the long voyage. Adopt this same attitude. Make sure that you plan meticulously and take constructive action on your plan. Itâ€™s always difficult to move anywhere, so expect this and you will be better for it and it will not be a nightmare.