Have you always dreamed of living overseas? Packing up your bags and moving across the world to some distant land? We’ve all dreamed of it, and perhaps you’re one of the lucky few to go on and do it! There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when moving across lands.
For example, if you’re wanting to move to New Zealand, you may be thinking about how to transfer money to New Zealand easily. Maybe you need to figure out if you need to get yourself protected against certain diseases.
Here are some tips on how to get set up for living life abroad.
1. Get Your Money Sorted
Depending on how long you’ll be abroad, you may want to consider transferring your money over to the new country.
If you’re only moving temporarily, such as for school or a work project, leave your bank accounts open at home. However, if you’re moving permanently, that means moving everything, money included. Luckily, there are tons of guidelines online on how to do this, depending on the country you want to go to.
If you’re only staying in a country for 12 months or less, you probably won’t have to worry about transferring all your money across different banks. However, you’ll still need money somehow.
You’ll need to set up arrangements with your current bank to make sure your credit/debit cards work overseas. It may be safer to use a credit card, just in case your information gets stolen. You can also get tangible currency from ATMs or exchange booths.
Another option is a prepaid travel card—you simply load up the card before you leave your home country and can use it normally in the new place.
2. Passports and Visas
If you’re traveling to another country for a long period, chances are you will need a visa. Whether it be a working visa or a student visa, you need to get your paperwork in order. Remember it’s your responsibility to get this sorted out before you try to embark on your journey, or you won’t get very far!
You need to ensure you have an up to date passport too. If you need to get a new passport bear in mind, they typically take about 4-6 weeks to prepare and get to you. After you receive it, it will last for 10 years. Make sure you also have paper copies or pictures (or both) of your important documents before leaving, just in case you lose any.
3. Furniture and Living Arrangements
Planning to live in another country for an extended period is a great ordeal, especially if you plan on shipping over your furniture or vehicle. There are plenty of companies that can ship your items over but bear in mind a couple of things. 1) this method is expensive, and 2) you will have to have your living arrangements settled before embarking on your journey. Get everything sorted well in advance of the day you plan to leave to give you the best chance of success.
4. Immunizations and Health Preparations
Depending on what country you go to, you may need to get tops ups on or brand-new immunizations. To stay safe and healthy, you’ll want to get these immunizations before you enter the new country.
Since you’re likely staying in the new country for a while, you’ll also want to purchase medical insurance in case something should happen while you’re abroad. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
When planning to live in a new country, you must consider that you’ll need all the regular things you normally need in your current home. Take a few days or weeks to think about what you need during your day-to-day life, including clothes, appliances, gadgets, etc., and make a list of these to take with you when moving!