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Hoping to move abroad? Living in a new country can be a unique opportunity to learn more about the culture and lifestyle. You can have an authentic experience, finding hidden gems you might not have uncovered on a short visit or a holiday.

Preparing for the big move is both exciting and daunting. To help make your life a little easier, as well as a bit more organised, here are a few tips to help you with your move abroad.

Applying for a visa

If you are moving for work, university or found a working holiday programme, you need to apply for a visa. It is one of the most important steps you will have to take. It is also a time-consuming process you will take too. Give yourself plenty of time before your move to ensure that your visa application to be approved.

Save as much as possible beforehand

Consider how much it will cost to move to another country. You should also factor in how much it will take to move to another country. It is not just the plane tickets to get there. There are also visa applications, international shipments, housing, emergencies and potentially more costs to consider depending on the country.

Aim to have a solid few months’ worth of savings behind you. Research the exchange rate and the cost of living in your new home. From there, you can create a monthly budget plan which will provide you greater insight into how much you will likely have to spend on luxuries each month.

Learning the language

Depending on where you move to, you might want to consider learning the language. There are free mobile apps to help with words and grammar and programmes and books to use. Additionally, you can find an online course or a local class to learn the language. 

If you are not fluent in the language before moving, knowing the basics will be helpful. It can help you to settle in your new home, as well as potentially make new friends.

Your confidence in speaking the language will grow in time, especially when speaking it more than your first language.

Finding somewhere to live

When you move to a new country, finding somewhere to live is a top priority. Research the renting requirements of the country. These will vary country to country, so knowing what you need in advance means you can collect all the necessary documents in advance.

Look into where your new place of work will be. Then look at the areas and neighbourhoods nearby. Consider the cost of living in that area, the commute times and transport. It will help you to narrow down what options are available to you.

If you are looking for short term accommodation in Paris or long term rentals in Amsterdam, take the time to research what options suit your budget. It will help you to avoid disappointment in finding somewhere that you cannot afford to live.

With plans in place and your moving date on the horizon, you may want to bid farewell to your loved ones. Organise one last celebration, including some of your favourite treats that you might not be able to access. It will get you excited for your next adventure, which will be an unforgettable experience of your life.

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