About to Move Overseas? 4 Areas That Need Attention Before Setting Off

Whether as an expat, a location independent professional, a remote worker or a digital nomad, more and more people are deciding to go and live abroad but an expatriation is more than just a long-term vacation. There are many things that you can do to better prepare your future move overseas and here is a quick list to get you started.

Get your finances sorted:

– Choose carefully the most appropriate bank for your new country and make sure your cards are not about to expire.
– Set up direct debits before leaving so you don’t have to do bank transfers or manual payments from unsecured internet connections
– Enquire out about money withdrawals abroad with your bank (for instance in Argentina, withdrawals at ATMs were limited to 2500 pesos/day with most bank cards  – which isn’t much when you need to pay in cash for rent travel.)

 

Get your health sorted:

 

– Do a health check before leaving
– Think about medical care: unless you already have a contract with an employer in your future country, it might be wise to buy good travel insurance for the first year of your time overseas.
– Get your prescriptions written up by your doctor with the generic name of drugs and stock up on the essentials

 

Get your paperwork sorted:

 

– During your research, you may have noticed that you will need specific official documentation for immigration or administrative purposes (such as birth certificate, an original certified copy of your diplomas, or your marriage certificate, etc…) then you may want to start gathering and authenticating these documents.
– Make sure your passport, driving license or national ID card are not about to expire as this could be a tricky business to do it from your consulate in your new country.

 

Get your family “sorted”:

– Make sure to include them in your preparation. Otherwise, they are more likely to experience a culture shock after the move and suffer from homesickness. (Include them in the research and decision stages, take language classes together, etc), prepare together for your first trip within your new country
– Think of the people you are leaving in your home country, maybe it is good time to really get online if you haven’t done so yet. Create a family list on your Facebook account, sign up to Skype or start a personal blog, so that everyone can follow your new adventure and still feel that you are part of their daily life. Creating a blog to keep in touch with your family and friends is very easy, check my getting started section for more detailed tips.

Can you think of other areas that need to get sorted before a move overseas? Please share your thoughts or story in the comment box below.

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