Congrats! You’re going to experience every traveler’s dream of moving to another country! This is an exciting experience that’s going to be so rewarding in the end. However, getting there is going to be tough. Moving domestically is already quite difficult so you can imagine how much more overwhelming it’s going to be when it needs to be abroad. You’ll have to juggle apartment searches, visa applications, packing, saying goodbye, and so many more chaotic things. You’re going to feel utterly drained for a few months, but rest assured because it will all be worth it! So let’s dive into 4 tasks that you need to do when preparing to move abroad! 

pply for the appropriate visa
documents atop a suitcase like a Travel Visa, Passport, and others when moving abroad

You’re going to have to do a lot of research, a lot of boring and confusing research. You need to make sure you’re applying for the right visa. This includes having everything together that you need. Many visa applications for Americans will require an FBI background checkor some other very extensive background check that takes weeks or months to retrieve. Every country has its visa requirements, they all have different rules and pathways depending on the type of visa that you’re after. It will unfortunately require a lot of research and understanding. Visa applications are costly, both time and money. So you need to make sure that you get this right.

There’s no doubt that moving to another country is an exciting experience. But it can also be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. So here are 4 tasks that can help you move abroad! #Bucketlist #LiveAbroad
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Begin downsizing

It’s going to be tough but you’ll need to start the process of downsizing. While you may need to look around for movers near me, it’s best to just downsize as much as you can in a few suitcases. This is less stressful when moving, plus it’s less stuff to deal with. However, if your company is footing the bill for your move then you could easily include furniture in the move.  In the end, just get rid of the nonessentials and bring luggage only as this will be far easier.

Downsizing will give you the chance to clear the clutter out of your life and help you have a more minimalistic approach to your belongings. So there is a bright side to that. You can either donate your items or have a go at selling them on multiple online platforms and apps.

Research the cost of living
Research the Cost of Living when preparing to move abroad

It’s important to try new things, that’s the beauty of moving abroad. While there’s so much work that needs to be done, it’s going to be worth it. It’s not fun, but you have to be realistic with your expenses. It’s best to look at the average cost of living in the city you’ll be moving to. There are plenty of resources online that provide an approximation for prices for people living alone, with roommates, couples, etc.. Look at the cost of rent, public transportation, utilities, groceries, luxuries, taxes, and miscellaneous costs.  These all are very important because you need to have a general idea of how much you’re going to spend weekly and monthly.  

You can take your research a bit further by looking online at how much internet packages are, the average rental cost in neighborhoods, restaurant menus, and others that will be inevitable. Be sure to record all of these on a spreadsheet and plan everything out accordingly.

Emergency fund

You need to have an emergency fund before leaving your home. If you’re moving for work, your paycheck could be delayed. You may potentially get scammed,
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