Use our top tips to help with your move abroad. Moving abroad can be an incredibly exciting time. A new home, a new culture, new weather – it can be a very special time for anyone. But don’t forget that when you move abroad you leave behind a significant part of your life that you’ll find it difficult to connect with in the future. Technological advancements such as e-mail, webcams and social networks can help you remain in touch with friends and family but when you move abroad you abandon your previous life and start afresh. Unless you mourn your past, you may find you become depressed after you’ve moved abroad.
Here are 6 things you should always do before you move abroad:
Have a going away party
Going away parties may seem like clichés, but they offer a cathartic end to your time in the UK and provide an opportunity to say goodbye to all your friends and relatives at a central location. Make sure you hold your going away party after you’ve packed everything and are literally ready to travel, otherwise you’ll be worrying all the way through. Going away parties are a time to relax and enjoy your friends’ company, not stress yourself out.
Reconnect with friends
Make sure you reconnect with your friends and relatives you haven’t seen for a while before you leave. You can do this at the going away party but you will only be able to spend a short amount of time with each guest so if you’d like to really reconnect with old friends you should schedule a longer period of time with them.
Complete your old life
This will mean different things to different people, but it’s important to have a sense of completion when you leave your life behind and move abroad. This may mean selling all your belongings and not having to leave any or storage or with relatives. It may mean losing weight and getting fitter so you can start your new life without remembering your old one. Whatever you need to do to move on you must ensure you do.
Inform all companies and friends of your new contact details
Remain contactable when you go abroad. Send out change of address cards at the earliest opportunity and set up a blog/Facebook account so you can keep friends and relatives up to date at all times. Pack lots of writing paper and purchase a camera if you don’t have one so you can send letters and provide ample photographs of your new life.
Make plans for friends and relatives to visit
Arrange a date for friends and relatives to visit as soon as possible. That way you won’t have to mourn your old life too much and have something to look forward to as soon as you arrive in the new country. When you arrange a date make sure you give yourself enough time to get your new house in order so you can welcome your guests without too much stress to yourself!
Get a removals quote early
Make sure you get an overseas removals quote as soon as possible, and understand the different options and costs involved. You can ship your goods by air freight or container, the former being significantly more expensive. Make sure your removals company knows the deal – you don’t want it to get to moving day and find no-one is available to send your belongings.