Things Not to Overlook When Moving Overseas

Moving internationally is, for many, a dream that turns into a reality. It offers up a real chance for people to get away from their hometown or their old life and have new adventures in a new culture with new people. If you are a person that is in the process of turning this dream into a reality, or would like to in the future, then you must be aware that it’s not as easy as booking a one-way flight, packing your bags, saying your goodbyes and going; there are a host of aspects that simply can’t be overlooked.


First and foremost, you should seek all the vaccinations needed when moving to the country that is to be your destination; to do so you should schedule a visit to your doctor in order to discuss exactly what is needed. And in visiting a doctor you will be able to seek advice on any special requirements that you may need; for instance, somebody who suffers with diabetes may have more requirements and needs than others due to a weakened immune system, and this kind of situation simply cannot be ignored.

You should also not let the fact that you are not just moving yourself slip your mind: you are likely to be taking things with you also, and this needs to be seriously taken into account. This is not just a move down the road, and it should never be treated as such, which is why you need to make use of the services offered by international removalists. These kinds of companies are needed for this type of venture as they have the experience, the global networks and the physical capabilities to move a whole load of your worldly belongings. And on the other end of the spectrum, if you don’t plan on bringing too much with you then you shouldn’t waste money on doing so. If you are planning on travelling around a lot in the country you are immigrating to then you most certainly should NOT bring with a big case as it will only prove to hinder your ability to move freely. This means that you have to economical with your packing and choose only the necessities. But this doesn’t just refer to thing that are necessary to your life, but necessary for the country of your destination. For example, if you are aiming to visit Canada in its winter months then you must ensure that you pack enough warm clothes to last the whole season.

What should also never be overlooked is the cost of living in the destination. You should never enter a country without looking into the general prices in place first, especially the prices that are set in place for the things that you want to do. Going overseas blind in regards to the prices on offer is a surefire way to leave you broke which is then a surefire way to see you having to return home with your tail in between your legs (if you can afford a flight home, that is). A great way to plan for the cost of living in your desired destination is to check this cost of living index.


So, if you are planning to move overseas then make sure to never overlook the points above, and the points found here. But most of all, make sure to have the time of your life!

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  1. Awesome information – it’s my dream to move to Canada one day, and I always wondered how people moved their belongings from country to country.

  2. We would add: be aware of the cultural norms of the country one is intent on moving to. We get accustomed to “our ways of doing things”. But the reality is that moving to another country means one need to adapt! Simple things like getting internet hooked up at home with a subscription might be more complex than at home!

  3. Thanks for the advice. Eventhough it seems to be silly for me to go overseas, as I never dream or plan to go to any country abroad, at least, it’s just a knowledge for me.
    But who knows in the future, isn’t it?

  4. I already live in Canada. If ever I do move, it will probably be only within the country,from province to province. If ever internationally, the closest would be the nearby U.S. and that wouldn”t be much of a cultural shift.

  5. I had moved abroad some times and you are absolutely right – vaccinations are a must and a good company to move things, too. It may look difficult in the first instance, but it is doable… although there are loads of things to plan and do! Lovely post, excellent points! Hope you have a lovely day!

      1. Your welcome😁 My husband and I are looking into possibly going to the UK. Not sure where exactly but they have a lot better Medical treatments available for MS as well as some of the other medical issues I have so that’s one of the major things we loved about it.🙂

      2. Thank you😁 We are considering the Uk because of the advanced medical available for MS and some of the other issues I have🙂

  6. When I was in my early 20s I moved from the U.S. to Taiwan, with just one medium suitcase and a large backpack. That’s all I needed back then. But at 45 it would be very different.

    My husband is a European and talks about retiring in Europe. I have to confess that I’m in a very different situation and mindset now than I was at 23. I know that there are so many things to consider and plan for. And I know my husband would want to move A LOT there.

    As a woman that developed a mental illness I have a lot of anxiety about the prospect of leaving my home country. Or even my home state. I have security here and my family. I used to love learning languages as a young woman, but now as a middle-aged woman not so much. The struggle of adjustment seems overwhelming to me.

      1. Hi simple Ula. I have been to Europe. Many times and to many countries. My husband and I have visited his family in Czech Republic often, and would often combine it with a road trip around Europe. I had also been to different countries in Europe by myself or with an old boyfriend, before meeting my husband. I do love Europe and love to travel. Please don’t get the wrong idea. It’s just that I’m older now and struggle with a mental illness. The thought of uprooting myself, leaving my support team, and having to master a new language and adjust to a different culture is a little intimidating at this stage.

      2. It’s a lot to take on, I understand you. Anyway, I hope you’ll make the right decision and you’ll be both happy wherever you will be! ☺

  7. First of all thanks for liking post at my end, and following me.
    2nd, I have moved from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia around 11 years back.
    My own personal experience is, don’t take house belongings except of memories that you want to take.
    Kitchen and other household utensils are easily available in any country or even town. So spending on living room and other things to transfer makes no sense to me. Except for kids stuff or books stuff like this.
    However, like you rightly mentioned be aware of weather and take clothes accordingly should be the 1st priority.
    About the medical case, if you are diabetes or heart or illness which are common in throughout the world than only thing you need to do is to see how good is the medical insurance coverage and the cost. And which are the best and reliable hospitals in that city and whether you medical coverage will covered to bear these cost of medicines.
    Every place has its own complexities. The better you like them with harmony the quicker you adopt the environment.
    The more one pin point issues and how it can solved the more difficult is your stay going to be.

  8. I’ve travelled a bit and I’ve found that the most important thing is research.research.research!

    Really good advice!

  9. Thanks for these valuable tips @Ula. Moving is really a stressful situation when you think of traveling to the next lane. And when you decide to move internationally, the stress multiplies. As most of the people don’t know what are the processes to move to another country, it always best to hire a reliable international moving company who have the valid license and insurance. Also you shouldn’t forget to read the reviews of the movers on Better Business Bureau. Also, Ula allow me to share one helpful blog post on how to hire long distance movers. Hope, it will be helpful for users. Thanks, Mathew.

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