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Tips to get ready to move abroad permanently

After weeks of dedication, hard work and a lot of effort it is finally happening. You have been offered an opportunity to move abroad and experience a completely new adventure.

The first thing you probably did is sharing this exciting fact with all your friends and your family, and maybe one or two strangers on the street. However, you should start preparing early, because packing up all your things and move across the world can be complicated. To help you during the process, we have rounded up the main steps:


Save money

The old and known advice of having a six-month worth of saving is a good one. That is the minimum for moving across the globe. Besides the expected costs like the monthly rent, food, water and electricity, you should also be prepared to pay unanticipated costs at the beginning. To have a better overview of your spendings come up with a monthly budget plan.

Consider how much money you will need to move abroad. Costs include: the visa, plane tickets, emergencies, additional insurances, housing.

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Renew your passport

For some countries, you might need a visa, but that always requires a valid passport. Some countries resist on a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the final travel date. If your passport expires while you are abroad, you can renew your passport at your local embassy. This might be more expensive than in your home country.


Research about shipping

Ask yourself what you want to do with your belongings when you move abroad. Do you want to: ship them, store them or sell them. If you are making a more permanent move, it is easier and cheaper to sell some of your belongings than renting storage. This can add up to thousands of euros. Find out more about where you can purchase must-have items like furniture if you are planning to only travel with two suitcases and a carry-on.


Contact your bank

Inform your bank of your moving dates and consider getting an international credit card to avoid high foreign transaction fees. Find out what banks are located in your new city and what paperwork you need to set up a new bank account. We recommend you keeping your current bank account to maintain your credit score.


Change your mobile provider

In the European Union, the roaming regulations allow users to use their mobile contract within the EU with the same charging mechanism. However, most providers have a limit up to 4 months being abroad until they start charging extra fees. Get in touch with your provider and ask for their terms and conditions. A good option can also be to chancel your current mobile plan and purchase a SIM card from a local carrier.

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As you can see, the process of moving abroad is entirely manageable. You find out more about our exchange programmes here – they may not be permanently but the right step in this direction.

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