Five Tips For Moving to a Foreign Country
If you’re planning a move to a foreign country, let your favorite moving company Los Angeles provide you with tips on how to do so successfully. A wonderful website called Broken Luggage provides tips that you can follow for an easy trip. Read below for the five of the tips.
“1. Do your research. The first few weeks of your trip are going to be the hardest. You’re going to experience culture shock. You’re going to feel lost. You’re going to feel alone and vulnerable. Everything is going to be unknown to you, and it’s going to be overwhelming. This is inevitable, but it can be minimized by doing your research prior to moving. What should you research? Everything. Read every single book you can find about the place you’re going. Read travel sites, expat sites, newspapers from the place you’re going to. Anything you can learn to familiarize yourself with the place you’re going to will help make it easier to transition into. Ideally you should visit the place you’re going. If you can’t do that then take a virtual tour on Google Street Maps.
2. Get a working Visa. Don’t move to a new country on a holiday visa and expect to be able to find work. Even if you’ve applied for a residence visa you still need a job before your residency will be approved, and you can’t work on a holiday visa. On the other hand, if you get a working holiday visa then you can work, and if you’re a good enough worker your employer might extend your working holiday visa another year or flat out sponsor you for residency. None of that can happen on a regular holiday visa.
3. Get everything squared away at home before leaving. Any unfinished business at home (especially involving bills) will be ten times harder to deal with from a foreign country, and with all the stress and the unknowns you’re going to be dealing with already, you don’t need that extra monumental headache in your life. Don’t rush off to your grand adventure. Take the extra time to square away any paperwork, bills, contracts or other obligations you may have at home before leaving.
4. Lower your expectations. Have you ever been to see a movie that you thought was sure to be awesome only to find out it was mediocre and you hated it? Have you ever been to a movie you were sure was going to suck only to find out it really wasn’t that bad and you left feeling fairly impressed even though the movie wasn’t really that great? Moving to another country is the same way. If you’re moving to another country you obviously believe it’s a place worth moving to and is for some reason preferable to the place you’re at. However, I guarantee it’s not going to be perfect. There are going to be downsides to it. If you go into your journey expecting to find the land of milk and honey you’re going to be sorely disappointed. If you go into it fully prepared to experience disappointment you’re going to be far less disappointed, and in the end you’re going to have a more positive experience.
5. Bring at least $20,000. (This figure is in US dollars. Convert accordingly.) The number one cause of stress and ultimately failure when moving to a foreign country is money problems. The less money you bring the harder your life is going to be, the less secure you’re going to feel, the less leisure options you’ll have and the less time you’ll have to find a job. Between exchange rate fees, government fees, rental deposits, utility bills, food, transportation, leisure activities and buying toiletries, basic necessities you couldn’t fit in your suitcase and especially unforeseen expenses, you should really bring at least $20,000 with you or else you’re going to be extremely stressed during what will probably already be the most stressful experience you’ve ever had. You might still make it, but the more money you bring the better off you’ll be in every way. We made our move on $15,000, and barely scraped by.”
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