Leaving your home for another country far beyond yours is often done for a variety of reasons. Perhaps it was romance, work or the thrill of the road – whatever the case and your reasons moving is a big event. This is something that carries a lot of effort with it, plenty of details that need to be covered and this article will cover some of the most important aspects of that. Let's begin with the following:

  • Money Saving
    Moving a long distance will certainly take its toll on your finances whether you want it or not. Moving to another country is even worse, so make sure you are prepared for that. Consider all the costs that this entails, such as visa and travel expenses, shipping for your personal items and more. This is a huge undertaking and it requires a long time for preparations and a careful balancing of expenses. Always remember to keep a safe fund of money for rainy days in case things don't go well and you need to return to your country of origin.
  • Double-check Your Paperwork
    Moving abroad requires a pretty much staggering amount of paperwork so you can obtain a visa. Couple that with a truly annoying period of waiting and you have yourself a perfect recipe for frustration. In order to make sure you have all things in order and you won't suffer setbacks you will need to double-check everything you need to give to the authorities for processing. If you get anything wrong you will find yourself in deep trouble as a whole number of unpleasant situations can arise from that. Making sure everything is perfect will keep you away from being delayed or worse.
  • Shipping and Storage
    One of the first things you have to be aware of is that big items like cars, furniture and so on can be truly expensive to ship across international borders. Depending on your needs you can find something cheaper at your new destination, unless you are specifically attracted to something of sentimental value. Moving your car for example will cost you thousands of dollars in most cases. If you own a gas-guzzling monster of a car and you have to live and work in a place where gas is expensive, you might reconsider for a vehicle befitting the local environment. The same goes for furniture – you will blend in better and you'll have less trouble with local standards.
  • Health issues
    Traveling to a different country carries a certain amount of risk when it comes to your health. Different countries carry different local diseases that need to be avoided. You will need to pass a number of vaccinations so you can live safely in a new environment. Tropical countries for example still carry the risk of some specific diseases unseen anywhere else around the world. You have to make sure you have the right shots, documented on paper for you to use as proof. Make sure you have a health policy which will cover you when you live abroad. This is essential if you want to receive good healthcare in case of emergencies.
  • Article written for SW9 Man with Van