Things to keep in mind while moving to a different country

Are you planning to move to a different country? Whether it’s for work, school, or simply to start a new adventure, there are many things to keep in mind. From researching the best place to live to making sure you have all the paperwork in order, it can be daunting. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll share some things to keep in mind while moving to a different country. We hope you find it helpful.

Passport and visa arrangement

To apply for a visa, you need to have an up-to-date passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your final travel date. If you’re not sure how long it will take before reaching the country of interest or if yours expires while traveling abroad, visit any U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

It is important to follow the rules when moving abroad. You might need a visa or work permit for you and your family members (if applicable) to stay legally within that country’s borders. So make sure you’re aware of all requirements before going! Some countries offer arrangements where young people can live there on vacation. This usually only applies if they’re visiting close relatives, though.

Copies of documents

You should have backups of all your important documents, including a backup passport or driver’s license. This way, if something happens and the original gets lost, then you’ll still be able to show your ID at government buildings and other locations where it’s needed.

SIM updating

International cell phone plans are expensive, so we’ll also suggest asking your carrier to unlock your smartphone ahead of time. Once you’re abroad, replace your SIM card with one from a local carrier to make local calls without hassle.

Keeping up with bank details

It is important to maintain your credit score and make direct payments for any outstanding loans or bills while abroad. The Expat’s Manual recommends keeping an active bank account in case you need access to funds quickly. But it’s best not to get too attached because once again, changes may occur when moving internationally. So try out different banks until something works well enough.

Research how you want to move

From packing to navigating the new city, you must do as much research before your move. You’ll want a map of where you are going and how long a trip will take, so don’t forget!

Shipping, storage, or selling

When you move abroad, it’s important to consider the logistics and cost of shipping your belongings. You may want to sell any excess items before making a permanent move. Consider where you want to live. What kind of furniture or appliances could be purchased locally when packing up at home? 


Shipping a car can be expensive, time-consuming, and difficult. You’ll need to find the right shipping container for your vehicle and pay fees. If public transit is accessible where you live, then taking this route would save on fuel costs. Keep in mind some countries may require International Driving Permits (IDPs) or new drivers’ licenses upon arriving.

Learn the language

You’ve just moved to another country. You may find that you can do the basics, but if you’re starting a business, things can be more complicated,

There are many types of contracts to sign when starting a business, and it is important that you can understand what each one says. If the language involved isn’t your native tongue, then hire someone who speaks it so they may help with the translation process for any necessary paperwork such as visas/validations, etc. Otherwise, try using online tools like Google Translate.

Understand the culture

The best way to avoid sticking out like a sore thumb while traveling abroad is by exercising common courtesy, reading up on the country’s etiquette norms, and coming ready with an open mind.

  • Exchanging greetings and sharing a meal are two of the most important tasks you will learn while living abroad. The more time spent learning these skills, the better!
  • When you travel abroad, be open-minded and accept the local culture. 
  • To navigate the cultural landscape of wherever you live, look up local holidays to learn more about them. 
  • In some countries, it’s important to understand the actions that may offend locals and avoid doing them. Depending on where you are, these could be things like not eating left-handed or showing your soles of feet, which is considered extremely rude! It’s also worth remembering how we act around others when they aren’t watching us, because this will always show respect, no matter what culture or religion our hosts belong to.

Accommodations in the country you’re moving to

To find housing on your own, you could use a real estate agent or talk with other ex-pats. But if all else fails and no one can recommend something great for where you want to live, then just Airbnb it!

There are many types of accommodation options for international students. Some may want to stay temporarily, while others could be on longer lecture contracts and still need more time before committing themselves fully into one place abroad (this might include teachers with short visas). There are also university locations such as apartments or dorms.

Your job in your new country

It is essential to consider your income when thinking about moving abroad. You can reduce some of the financial pressure when moving by securing a job before you arrive. This will help with establishing yourself and making friends once settled into life abroad, too!

If you’re looking for a way to make money while traveling, consider freelancing. There are frequently jobs available in fields such as programming or graphic design. Just be sure that the work is suitable for your skill set! 

Shopping for food

Groceries can be hard to find and buy when visiting certain countries. For example, England is an easy destination because the grocery stores are huge with lots of things you could buy. But this may not be the case everywhere.

Health care management

Health care around the world is a very touchy subject. Your access to quality medical treatment could depend on what visa you have. So before going overseas make sure that your current provider will cover for any trips outside of America and ask them about bringing records with you or getting any necessary vaccinations.

When moving to a new country, it is important that you figure out the health care system immediately and whether your visa status will allow for access. For example, in Portugal, residents must have residency cards before they can get healthcare numbers that allow them to take part fully with Portuguese Health Insurance programs. But there are many hurdles one needs to go through first!

Cost of moving

Moving abroad can be expensive. You will need to find the funds for your flight and any moving privately owned items, which might cost thousands of dollars. The easiest way around this problem? Get hired before going overseas. Many companies offer free flights so long as they’re willingly employed by them upon arrival (or at least provide transportation).

How to manage your new cost of living

Moving to a new country can be expensive. Global living costs will include typical items like housing deposits and movers along with some additions, like visa documents or international insurance, not to mention the potential need for a lawyer.

The idea of saving up for a big move can be daunting, but it’s important. Start by researching exchange rates and the cost of living in your new home before you decide about how much money will need to come from savings or other sources, like family members who might offer help with costs. Once these details are worked out some more, work on developing an affordable monthly budget that fits both what they’re able to give and need during their stay abroad. Then try adding six months’ worth at least once those funds run low so there aren’t surprises coming.


While moving to a new country can be an exciting adventure, it’s important to do your research and make sure you’re prepared. By following the tips in this blog post, you’ll be on your way to making a smooth transition. If you have ‌questions ‌help getting started, ‌reach out to us. We’re here to help!

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