7 Deadly Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Abroad
Maybe you’re making a big move for work, or maybe you’re a student going to study abroad. The number of students studying abroad from the U.S. is increasing every year, and about 10 percent currently study abroad each year for their undergraduate education.
There are factors to consider when moving abroad that you may have never considered, from cultural differences you may never have thought about to where to get your groceries.
It’s important to know what you’re getting into before you go. Here are some things that you should avoid doing right off that bat.
7 Things Not to Do When Moving Abroad
The fact is, moving and packing can be difficult enough. Take the worry and guesswork out of moving abroad by knowing what to do in advance.
Running Out of Funds
Running out of money in a country you know well is difficult enough. But if you’re making a move to another country, carefully consider the budget you have available. It can change unexpectedly with unforeseen circumstances in the move.
You’ll want to make sure you have a safety cushion available to you in your move. Going into the situation without planning will highly increase the chances you’re going to have a negative experience.
A good rule of thumb is to have at least three months of funds in advance before making your move. In case things don’t go according to plan, you’ll have a safety net to fall back on while you get adjusted to your new living situation.
Not Applying for Jobs in Advance
One way to make sure you don’t run out of money is to ensure that you have a job in advance when you’re moving. Perhaps you are moving because of a job. That’s great, but if you’re going to a different country for another reason, it’s a good idea to at least get the ball rolling on a working situation.
Don’t start looking for something when you’re in the new country. It’s never guaranteed that you’ll get a job quickly, especially when you’re unfamiliar with the nuances of the business world in a new place.
Putting leads out a few months in advance is a great place to start to make sure you’re going to have a stable situation in an unfamiliar environment.
Not Knowing The Language
Maybe you’re moving somewhere like Canada, where language barriers won’t be an issue.
You could also be considering that you’ll be able to get by without knowing the language. It may be true that you can skate by with hand gestures for some time in a country where you don’t know the language, but it creates barriers.
Having at least a small grasp on the language of the country you’re moving to will help open doors. It will help you grow your network and make friends more easily.
There are a number of apps that can help you begin to dive into the language of another country. Start using them months prior to your move to begin getting adjusted to that language as quickly as possible.
Choosing the Wrong Place
You may have an idea in your head about the place you want to move because of a vacation you took there once or all the movies you’ve seen about how magical it is.
Actually living in a destination is much different than a vacation or what you see in movies or on other people’s Instagram feeds.
Do a reality check on the place you’re thinking about going. Maybe that hot weather was great for a week, but could you handle it year round? Is the traffic too much for you?
Don’t confuse the idea of an area with the actuality of it, or you’ll end up being unhappy with your move.
Not Doing Your Research About Quality of Life
Along those lines, take a hard look at what type of life the people lead who already live in the area. Look at important factors like salaries, public transportation, how much renting costs, and even how high it ranks on the happiness levels of citizens.
Sometimes, your idea of an area will actually match what living there will look like. That’s what will make your move a successful one.
Not Having Your Passport
This seems like a no-brainer. But in the hustle and bustle of moving, some of the obvious things can get lost in the excitement.
If you suddenly realize on the day of your departure that your passport has expired, your move is going to get extra-complicated. You’ll have to reschedule flights, and possibly have to make arrangements for what you’re going to do with all the belongings that you’ve sent ahead of you.
Some countries actually require that your passport is valid even six months after the date of your departure. Give your passport a good looking over long before you leave the country.
Not Moving Right
Moving anywhere can cause you a lot of stress. That pressure is compounded when you’re moving far away because there will be some items that you inevitably cannot take with you.
Go into moving with the mindset that you really don’t need all your stuff. When you move, you’ll be able to get new essentials that you had in your current country.
Get rid of all the clothes you haven’t worn in a year. Moving clothes is a surprisingly large hassle, so only taking your favorites will simplify the process.
You don’t need to pack absolutely everything you’ve ever purchased. If you have items you absolutely can’t part with, but can’t take with you, consider your options. If you have relatives you’re leaving behind, ask them to hold on to your sentimental objects until you have the opportunity to take them with you.
Take the Leap
Long distance moving requires forethought and planning when it comes to the actual physical process of moving all your belongings.
Don’t let the technicalities stop you from making the move of a lifetime. Moving abroad may sound scary, but if you prepare yourself for all the twists and turns as best as you can, you’ll feel more at home more quickly.
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