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Planning an international move

Moving house is one of the most stressful events in our life. There’s no way around that, but it can be a lot more bearable and be a lot less stressful with the right advice. Here are our best recommendations for an easier and more efficient move.

Moving involves careful preparation and plenty of planning. Often even before you move things like visas, a job, health care provision and other life essentials will need to be in place. If you’re thinking of moving to another country, your planning and first actions start right now.

Start by conducting a thorough search of your destination from your home computer. If you are just weighing up the various possibile destinations, then search each country thoroughly. Look for blogs, government agencies as well as comparison sites.

There are many ways to find your dream position abroad. International recruiters, inter-company transfers (if you work for a large international corporation) and local job sites all have plenty of potential. In addition research the local job market as thoroughly as you can to make sure you know the local customs and practices when it comes to being hired. For instance is health care provided by your employer and is this the standard in your chosen country or location.

Moving overseas with your family? This could complicate things, but think of the tremendous experience that the whole family will benefit from. Look at what your new location will mean from the perspective of each individual family members. Schools, health care (again) and job opportunities. And don’t forget any pets too!.

Culture Shock
When you are moving to another country, you will have to adapt to a new culture and a new way of life. You may have already done this before, but don’t underestimate the chance or the effects of culture shock, remember, each destination is a new experience so make sure you know how to recognize it and how you should deal with it before you leave your home country.

Once you’ve done your preparation then it’s time to get to the practical matters of how to move your stuff, and what to take with you.

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