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Relocation can often be a very difficult and time-consuming process, especially for people who have no experience at all. If you’re planning on relocating for the very first time, here are some tips and tricks as to how to avoid common mistakes people make during their relocation process. Remember that relocation is a complex process that has to be thought through completely. If you’re uncertain whether you can handle the relocation on your own, it might be best to hire a professional moving company. On the other hand, if you’d like to take the matter into your own hands, here is our best advice on how to avoid making any mistakes during your relocation. We hope our guide proves to be helpful to you!

Tip No. 1: Don’t forget to organize and plan out your relocation

        This is the first thing that you should work on after you have decided that you’d like to relocate to a new location. Planning out your relocation is equally as important as the execution. You should invest lots of time and thinking into your organization process. Even though it seems like a pretty straight-forward thing, planning out your relocation in depth can be very time-consuming. It’s important to think in advance regarding the entire process. By doing so, you will minimize the chances of any nuisances along the way and avoid making any critical mistakes. If you’re a visual person, putting your thoughts down might come in quite handy. You should have your relocation plan written down on a piece of paper and go over it a couple of times to make sure you didn’t skip or miss anything. You will see that organizing and preparing in advance will make you feel much more relaxed and you won’t have to worry as much.

Tip No. 2: Don’t pack everything you own

        This is something that even happens to people who are only traveling for a holiday. We tend to pack literally everything and forget about having hand luggage. Hand luggage should primarily consist of essential stuff such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, a hair comb, deodorant and similar items. Imagine you’re arriving to your new home and you want to instantly hit the bed. But you’ve packed all of your toiletries and now you have to go through each and every box because you can’t remember exactly where you packed those things. In order to avoid situations like these, it’s best to keep your most important necessities somewhere close to you. You can get a smaller suitcase or a big traveling bag in order to fit all of your basic necessities. These can be purchased in any local store which sells traveling supplies.

Tip No. 3: Your safety comes first

        Don’t forget to purchase any safety equipment you might need. People often forget that lifting a lot of heavy stuff can leave their hands and palms feeling very sore after a while. This is why it’s always good to have a pair of protective gloves lying around, just in case you might ever need them. If you are going to participate in the packing process, this is a good time to wear them. You wouldn’t want to get blisters on your palms before you finish up packing everything. Remember that you shouldn’t lift extremely heavy furniture or other items. You could end up with a serious back injury, so leave that part of your relocation process to the professionals. If you have to do everything on your own make sure that you are familiar with the correct way of lifting up heavy objects in order to avoid any unnecessary strain and injuries to your back. Also, there is a lot of safety equipment available nowadays, so consider purchasing things such as dollies, sliders, straps, etc.

Tip No. 4: Don’t do anything at the last minute

        This can relate back to the first tip which is about organization and planning. You need to have a plan of your relocation in order to avoid situations where you need to do something at the very last moment. Remember, when you’re in a rush you will most likely be stressed and that is never a good time to do something important, such as picking up any supplies that you forgot to buy earlier. You will most likely end up forgetting something again, which will in turn only stress you out even more. Carefully plan out your relocation and don’t leave important stuff such as packing for the very last day. You can never know how much time you’ll need to pack everything, so it’s best to plan and execute in advance. It’s always a good idea to leave the actual day of relocation completely empty. This will give you the much needed time to think everything through once again and it will also allow you to do take care of anything you might have forgotten about during the relocation process. People are generally very excited on their relocation day, which is both a good and a bad thing. This excitement can create a false feeling that everything is going as smooth as you planned, but this might not be the case. Have someone else check whether you’ve done everything that needs to be done and fix any issues that might come up along the way.

Tip No. 5: Hire a moving company

        This is probably the safest way to go. If you want to avoid all of the hassle, stress and organization, the easiest thing for you to do would be to just hire a professional moving company. Moving companies already have advanced strategic relocation plans which are made to be time-efficient and effective. If you decided that you want to hire a moving company, you can be certain that your relocation will be as smooth as possible. Contact Cross Country Moving Group today to get a free moving quote and to schedule your relocation date.


Whether you have your sights set on a country you want to relocate to, or have not yet decided, you might want to start browsing the job market before setting off. Getting a job can be hard enough as it is, in a country you are familiar with, and it can be twice as difficult to acquire after you’ve relocated somewhere abroad. There are obstacles like language barriers, foreign methods and strange working hours, just to name some. We advise you to, unless you already have a job waiting for you there, start browsing early for potential openings. Read on,  and we will disclose some secrets on how to prepare for a job abroad, where to look for it and what to expect from it.

In this article we will try to increase your chances of finding work abroad, whether you’re looking for a stable job or some seasonal working experience. Both of these options will prove to be equally life-changing, whether you chose to work for a short period of time of stay there and earn your living. To help you through most common challenges in the job-seeking process, we’ve done some research about people’s most common mistakes and how to avoid them. Also, we will try to encourage you through examples of people who have had experience in working abroad.

Research, research, always do research: In today’s world, there is nothing you can’t look up online and do research on. Use that perk of modern world to get a head start before entering any company. It’s crucial to know that your options to connect with companies based in another country may be limited by the languages you speak, whether you can obtain a work visa, the salary the organization can afford to pay you, and how much it will cost you to get there. Don’t forget to do your research, both online and ‘in real life.’ You can build a ‘network of people’ who can put you through to other people they know. Make sure you tell people in your life about your plans.When you decide on a place, tell friends, family, co-workers, neighbors – everyone in your network. Chances are they will know someone who knows someone. Ask for names of people who are still living in the region who might be accessible when you arrive, using email to connect with them. Those contacts might know someone willing to hire you. Perhaps they can be your ‘meal ticket’.


What’s your motivation? Have you thought about what drives you to seek work abroad? What kind of opportunities await you there? Are you hoping to gain international experience and move back? Are you willing to settle for different circumstances than ones at home? Are you hoping to gain some new skills? Build an international CV or résumé and have your life so far on a paper in front of you. This will help you realize that you are making a concrete step in changing your life.


Don’t look back: If you are interested in living abroad, commit fully to the idea. Don’t worry about opportunities you might be missing at home. From the experience of people who have been working abroad for some time now, we’ve come to learn that the huge majority of them would do it again in a heartbeat. Even if they did not find their ideal career, they valued the experiences they had acquired and insight they gained.


Do the full Immersion experience: Depending on the free-spiritedness and your goals in life, you might want to kick back with a less demanding job, while simultaneously go and explore the country you’ve landed in. It is, without a doubt, more daring, but some people have found it easier to find jobs once they are physically in the country. Most people become office assistants, laborers, bartenders, or waiters. The pay is never great, but it’s enough to live off of and usually will give you a little extra money to save for traveling. You won’t get rich off these jobs, but they will keep you in the country a bit longer. Provided that you have the financial resources, taking a few months to study a language intensively can help you land a better job down the line.Depending on your financial resources, where you are in your career path and where you want to go, it might make sense to just pick up and try to find a job when you arrive.

Take all of these into account and try not to worry about the future too much. Excessive stress might break your spirit or hinder your enthusiasm while embarking on this tremendously exciting experience. Sometimes it’s just about the money, and we do understand that, but sometimes you can make it about yourself, to do some soul-searching and take up a job you otherwise wouldn’t consider for yourself. This experience will prove to be in many ways beneficial, and while you might not earn a fortune from the initial position, you are bound to gain a lot of crucial experience and a whole new set of friends in a different country.


Job hunting can present itself as a challenge even in your very own country, let alone obtaining a decently paid job somewhere abroad. That is why we don’t want you to feel abandoned, thus we have provided some general pieces of advice on how to help yourself increase the chances of finding work in a foreign country you will soon be moving to. Assuming you already know where you will relocate to, we will address some basic issues and mistakes people make when doing the research. Also, we will try to encourage you through examples of people who have had experience in this area. Working abroad for a short period of time, as well as working there and making a living can be equally life-changing experience you should under no circumstances pass on. To support our claim, we have compiled the list below.

It’s crucial to know that your options to connect with companies based in another country may be limited by the languages you speak, whether you can obtain a work visa, the salary the organization can afford to pay you, and how much it will cost you to get there. Nevertheless, you can improve on your skills and save up some money to help accomplish this goal. One more thing to think about before setting off on this journey is your motivations for seeking paid employment in another country: are you hoping to learn a new skill? Are you hoping to gain international experience and move back? Are you willing to settle for different circumstances than ones at home? Build an international CV or résumé and have your life so far on a paper in front of you. This will help you realize that you are making a concrete step in changing your life.

If you are interested in living abroad, commit fully to the idea. Don’t worry about opportunities you might be missing at home. From my experience, when I talked to whoever moved abroad after college said that they would do it again in a heartbeat. Even if they did not find their ideal career, they valued the experiences they acquired and insight they gained.

Do your research, both online and ‘in real life.’ To build a network of people, make sure you tell people in your life about your plans, and you will be surprised how they might help.  When you decide on a place, tell friends, family, co-workers, neighbors – everyone in your network. Chances are they will know someone who knows someone. Take that person out to coffee and find out the details, go beyond the guidebooks. Ask for names of people who are still living in the region who might be accessible when you arrive, using email to connect with them.

Interested in moving to Bangkok? Start taking Thai lessons. Infiltrate into the community. Not only will you be building a marketable skill that will give you an advantage when applying for jobs, but you will be meeting other people with a similar interest. They might have family in Thailand or once lived there themselves and can give you insight into what to expect. Teaching English is one of the most popular options for people wanting to work overseas. Jobs are very abundant, the pay is great, the work is easy, and the benefits are good, too. The only downside is that these jobs are only open to native English speakers. Language proficiency also has the added benefit of helping dictate where you might land. It can also give you a competitive edge.

Do the full Immersion experience. Provided that you have the financial resources, taking a few months to study a language intensively can help you land a better job down the line.Depending on your financial resources, where you are in your career path and where you want to go, it might make sense to just pick up and try to find a job when you arrive. It is more daring, but some people have found it easier to find jobs once they are physically in the country.Most people become office assistants, laborers, bartenders, or waiters. The pay is never great, but it’s enough to live off of and usually will give you a little extra money to save for traveling. You won’t get rich off these jobs, but they will keep you traveling a bit longer.

Upon doing our research we noticed that there was not too many concrete information on the Internet on what steps to take before getting yourself out there on the job-market. Outside of a handful of helpful sites and articles, like Nomadic Matt’s website, The US State Department’s website for working abroad, and Matador Network – there is quite a low number of reliable sites that can propel you forward in your international career. Even so, don’t let that obstruct you from doing your own research and talking to people of different professions and backgrounds, since all of them have something you might find useful later on.


Relocation is a very stressful process for us people. Just try and imagine how it feels for our little furry children – our pets. Animals are very prone to anxiety when it comes to situations like these. They simply cannot understand what’s happening and because we’re unable to explain, our pets usually get extremely anxious and even depressed during relocation. And while dogs may be a bit more accustomed to the prospect of traveling, cats represents the real problem here – they are extremely territorial and hate having to change their habitat. It confuses them and makes them very stressed out, which is not good for their health. We, as their owners, are the only ones capable of making this experience as positive as possible for them. There are certain steps that you can take in order to ensure a stress-free relocation for your pets.

This blog will cover the most essential things you should know if you’re planning on moving abroad with your pets, such as the documentation you need and the steps you should take. Let’s assume that you and your entire family will be moving somewhere across the ocean very soon and that you’ve decided to take your pet with you. No matter whether it’s a cat or a dog or an exotic pet, they can get very anxious during transportation. If you’re traveling across the ocean, you will most certainly travel by plane. There are certain things that you should know when it comes to flying with animals, which will also be covered in this blog. Let’s begin.

Step 1: Make sure that you get familiar with your destination’s policy on importing pets

If you have an exotic pet, you might not be able to take him with you. Certain countries have restricted certain species from living there, mainly for safety reasons. This is also true when it comes to dogs, as there are several breeds which are thought to be dangerous to be around and have therefore been prohibited. Here’s a list of some of the banned dog breeds:


  •         Pitbull Terrier (allowed only with effective precautions)


  •         American Pitbull Terrier
  •         American Staffordshire Terrier
  •         Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  •         English Bull Terrier


  •         American Pitbull Terrier
  •         American Staffordshire Terrier
  •         American Bulldog
  •         Alabai
  •         Tosa Inu
  •         Kangal
  •         Caucasian Shepherd Dog
  •         Tornjak
  •         Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  •         South-Russian Shepherd
  •         Yugoslavian Shepherd Dog
  •         Mixes and hybrids of these breeds


  •         American Pitbull Terrier
  •         American Staffordshire Terrier
  •         Dogo Argentino
  •         English Bull Terrier
  •         Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  •         Rottweiler
  •         Akita inu
  •         Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  •         Tosa Inu

Great Britain

  •         American Pitbull Terrier
  •         Dogo Argentino
  •         Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff)
  •         Tosa Inu


  •         American Pitbull Terrier
  •         English Bull Terrier
  •         Akita Inu
  •         Bullmastiff
  •         Doberman Pinscher
  •         Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  •         German Shepherd Dog
  •         Rhodesian Ridgeback

Please note that this list does NOT include all of the countries which currently have a ban on certain dog races. Some of these breeds are considered to be dangerous and most countries have either introduced a ban on possession or importing, or they have certain restrictions for keeping them. The main purpose of these laws is to prevent injuries and deaths caused by dog bites.


Step 2: Make sure you have all the necessary documentation

This needs to be done before your relocation date. Most of these documents can be easily obtained at a veterinary’s office. Here’s what you will need:

  •        Rabies tags – most states require your pet to be vaccinated against rabies. This includes dogs, cats and some exotic pets.
  •        Permits – or passport, you might need to get this too before you can safely fly with your pet. You can ask your vet about the application process. The procedure is fairly simple. You will only need to schedule an appointment with your vet in order to see if your pet is healthy and whether it needs certain vaccines or boosters.
  •        Health certificates – almost all states will require you to provide a health certificate before you can board the plane. Sick pets will not be allowed on board, or into the cabin area. Pets who are sick will probably have to travel inside of the cargo area.

Step 3: Make sure to pick an airline with allows pets on board and get familiar with their safely regulations

There are several ways in which your pet can travel with you:

  •        Checked Baggage Cabin: Pets traveling in the cabin must fly with an adult passenger and travel in an airline compliant carrier stowed under the seat.
  •        Checked Baggage Cargo: Pets traveling with a passenger that are not permitted in the cabin can be transported as checked baggage in the cargo hold.
  •        Manifest Cargo: Unaccompanied or very large pets will travel as manifest cargo in the hold.
  •        Service/Comfort Animals: Service and Emotional Animals can travel in the cabin with a disabled passenger on many airlines.

Many airlines will provide you with a pet carrier. However, make sure that you check this information before you arrive at the airport. Also, make sure that you check which documents you exactly need in order to be able to travel with your pet.

Step 4: Here’s a complete list of everything you’ll need

  •         Documents – Everything you pet might need in order to leave the country and enter a new one
  •         Vaccine Certificates – This can be easily obtained at your local vet office
  •         Microchip – Certain countries require your pet to be microchipped, so make sure you get that sorted out before you depart
  •         ID tags – Make sure that your pet wears a collar with an ID tag! This will ensure you that, in case it gets lost during transportation, you will be able to get it back.

·            A pet carrier for the airplane – if the airline you’re flying does not provide these for you, you will have to make sure that you have your own pet carrier in order to avoid any problems.


Packing for your relocation represents a very complex and time-consuming process. This is particularly true if you own any fragile items, such as, for example, a huge collection of expensive art, lots of pricy glassware, china, etc. However, there are certain steps you can take in order to ensure that none of your items get damaged or broken during the transportation process. The most important step is to get lots of safety materials from your local supply store. There are also tips on your to exactly pack your items for transportation. Here is our step by step guide, which will hopefully help you during your relocation process.
Step No. 1: Determine which items need extra precaution
Before you start purchasing any safety supplies and moves, you must determine how many items will require special treatment. It’s best to organize this items according to how fragile they are. For example, glassware is more prone to breaking than china. It’s best to go through all of the items you own before you start getting supplies. People very frequently find items that they completely forgot they had at the very last moment and then they’re unable to properly pack them. This further leads to damage and breaking of those items. Make sure that you have all of the fragile items laid out and measured out in order to know exactly how much safety materials you are going to need.
Step No. 2: Purchase safety supplies from your local store
This should be pretty straight-forward. Almost every city has some sort of supply store in which you will be able to find materials which will protect your belongings. You will need:
· A box
· Bubble Wrap
· Packaging material such as foam peanuts, popcorn (air popped) or puffed corn starch pellets
· Tape – standard packing tape might be enough. However, though and heavy items may require reinforced tape
· Paper for wrapping – or you can simply use recycles newspaper in order to save money and protect our nature!

After you’ve acquired all of these items, it’s time to organize the packing process. Preparing glassware and other fragile items for transportation is a simple and straight-forward process. Just follow our steps in order to prevent any damage or breaking!

  •        Wrap the item in one layer of paper, followed by multiple layers of bubble wrap. Secure the wrapping with some reinforced tape or ordinary tape, depending on the necessity.
  •        Prepare the moving box with a layer of packaging material. Place this material on the bottom of the box. You can also throw in lots of foam peanuts and other packing material in order to ensure that nothing moves throughout the shipping process.
  •        Place the wrapped item inside the box and fill the remaining space with the packaging material of your choice. Then, seal the box completely.
  •        Give the box a light shake in order to ensure that nothing is moving around. If you do feel any movement, unseal the box and add as much packaging material as necessary to prevent any movement. This movement can cause damage and/or break the item during the transportation process.
  •        If everything is well, it’s a good idea to use a few strips of reinforced tape in order to ensure that the box has a solid seal

If you feel like a particular item needs more protection than the rest, you should employ the two-box packing technique. The procedure is similar to the one explained above. After you’ve seal the box with reinforced tape, place it into a larger box which you’ll also need to fill with packaging material. Make sure that the box is not able to move around by putting enough packaging material inside of it. After you have tested it out for any movement, you can proceed to seal the larger box with some reinforced tape. Even though this method might seem extreme, it’s a really good way of making sure that the item stays intact during the entire transportation process.

If you have several items that you would like to pack into one moving box, make sure that you place the heaviest item on the bottom of the box. Separate boxes are much more preferable, but it’s not always possible to have a special box for every single item. If you have to pack all of your fragile items into one box, make sure that they’re all tightly wrapped with some wrapping paper. It’s very important to wrap each item individually! After you’ve placed the heaviest item, proceed to add the lighter ones. As usual, make sure that the box is packed with packaging material, such as foam peanuts. Then, seal the box with reinforced tape.

How to properly pack china plates

  •        Wrap each individual plate into some bubble wrap and secure it with a piece of tape
  •        Store the plates vertically on top of each other (this will help reduce the surface area and thus reduce the risk of any breakage during transportation)
  •        For finer china plates, it’s good to use a piece of pliable cardboard or cushion foam in between each plate.
  •        Fill the empty space in the box with foam peanuts or crumpled newspaper, an old T-shirt, etc. It’s important to reduce any possibility of the items moving around the box, as this leads to damage and breakage!

How to properly pack a mirror

  •        Begin by placing some tape in the middle of the glass, in the form of a start. Then, expand the tape to the edges. This will help to prevent the glass from shifting during the transportation. It will also absorb any vibrations that might break it.
  •        Don’t forget to protect the corners with foam frame protectors
  •        For smaller mirrors, use a mirror corrugated box
  •        If you want to store multiple mirrors together, make sure to group them according to their size. You want to start with the larger mirrors on the bottom, working your way up to the lighter, smaller mirrors and glasses.

Relocation usually represents an exciting and interesting prospect to almost all of us. We often get too caught up with the excitement and forget that there are some crucial decisions that we need to make before we can say goodbye to our old home. The first one which comes to mind is: where should I move to? What is the best place for me and my family? Which place will make me feel like I’m home? etc. All of these questions are really important and will eventually decide our future. Picking the best location for you is the most important part of any relocation. After all, it’s where you’ll be living if not for the rest of your life, then for a few years for sure. There are so many things that you need to take into consideration when deciding on your new location, such as weather, real estate market prices, taxes, education, transportation and many more.

First of all, you need to decide on what you’re looking for in your life. Is it to start a family? Perhaps you would to dedicate yourself completely to your career and find a dream job? Are you looking to continue your education at a prestigious college or university? After you’ve decided what it is that you’re looking for, you can start picking the best place for you accordingly. Here are the most important things that you must consider while searching for your new city of residence:

  •        Expenses:

        No matter how much money you’re earning or planning on earning, you should always plan ahead and decided on a place where you’ll have comfortable living conditions. You need to take into consideration living expenses, prices of goods such as food, clothes, housing expenses, commuting expenses, utility services such as electricity, water and taxes. Even though you might think that every place will be the same when it comes to pricing, be aware that every place has different pricing systems. Research it online before you decide which place is adequate for you.

  •        Taxes:

        It is important to get familiar with the tax laws and regulations of the country or state you will be moving to. Again, it doesn’t matter how much money you make. These things simply must be checked beforehand because in that way you’ll feel more relaxed and positive about the whole relocation process. You should know that certain states do not collect taxes for retail sales and some services, such as Montana, Alaska, New Hampshire, Oregon and Delaware. On the other hand, states such as Florida, South Dakota, Washington and Texas do not collect individual income taxes. It’s important to have all of this information in mind while choosing your new home. Knowing where you will need to spend a lot of money on taxes might ultimately influence your decision!

  •        Job Opportunities:

        The job market greatly influences the type of job that you can expect to find in a certain city or state. Some jobs can certainly be found in any place possible, but other ones are less widespread and have limited opportunities for advancement. Research the job markets of specific cities you might have in mind as your new home. If you’re already experienced in a certain field, check whether your desired city offers job opportunities in that particular field. If it doesn’t, maybe it would be best to search for a different place.

  •        Value of Real Estate:

        If you have decided that you would like to purchase a new house for you relocation, it’s important to check out the real estate market of the city you’re intending to move to. Most of this information can be easily found online, on websites such as and many more. If you’re looking to purchase a more expensive house, villa or mansion, the information from the Internet can come in quite handy – after all, it’s important to make sure that the huge investment you’ll be making will be worth it. By using these online sites, you can even choose your house according to your own preferences – you can pick the exact number of bedrooms, bathrooms, style of the house, size of the house, etc. Take into consideration things such as the neighborhood the house is located in. Making sure it’s crime-free will definitely set your mind at ease, especially if you have children.

  •        Weather:

The climate of the city is another really important thing to take into consideration. If you’re moving along the west coast, the climate will most likely not change much. However, it’s always good to check what the weather is generally like in the area you want to move to. Perhaps it’s much warmer that you might have thought which will then in turn influence the clothes you’ll be packing. You might need to pack less warm clothes than you expected! On the other hand, if you’re moving to a colder climate, it’s good to prepare in advance and purchase some warmer clothes to have, just in case it’s cold when you arrive. Some people don’t like particularly cold climates. If that’s the case with you and your family, you might want to check the climate before choosing to move there. The same goes for those who dislike extremely hot climates.

  •        Public amenities such as transportation, hospitals and schools and other facilities:

        All of these things are important factors which can influence your decision. First of all, it’s very important that the place you’ll be moving to has an advanced health care system. This is particularly important if you have someone who’s chronically sick or you have young children which might require medical care. Also, it’s good to know whether the city you’re moving to has an international airport, in case you would like to travel abroad or have to travel for business very often. It’s always a bonus if the city is connected with major highways and has various means of transportation, such as buses, trains, etc. All of these things will make living in the city much easier and hassle-free. Finally, if you have children of school age or you’re planning on starting a family, it might be a good idea to check out the education system of the city you’ll be moving to. Education is one of the most essential parts of growing up, so make sure that your desired location has good schools, colleges and universities.

How to protect your belongings when moving

Moving to a New Nation: 5 Helpful Facts
Introduction – The Ins and Outs of Moving to a Foreign Nation

Moving to a foreign nation can be an exciting and exhilarating journey. It can make you feel like everything and anything is possible. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t any drawbacks to it. People who relocate to other countries often experience culture shock. They frequently experience intense emotions such as isolation and homesickness as well. If you’re planning on relocating to another nation, you should approach the situation in a sensible manner. You should make sure you do plenty of research beforehand, too. Knowledge is always power in this fast-paced, unpredictable and dynamic world.

You May Spend a Lot of Time All By Yourself

If you move to another country, you should probably prepare to spend a lot of time all by yourself. That’s not to say that you won’t get the opportunity to meet new people and start new friendships. You most certainly will. The truth is, however, is that it’s never the same as it is back home. It can take a lot of time to build a network of close friends in a brand new location. There’s nothing wrong with that, either. If you want your transition to life in a new country to be as easy and stress-free as possible, you have to be mentally prepared to spend a lot of time on your own. You shouldn’t use that as an excuse to get down on yourself, though. Make the most of the extra spare time. Take up a new and interesting hobby. Explore the local culture. Do anything you can to improve yourself and your future in your new home.

Moving Abroad Won’t Solve Your Life

It isn’t uncommon for people to want to flee problems. Some people incorrectly believe that relocating to a new setting will change their lives and melt away all of their problems. That unfortunately isn’t reality in any way. If you want to move to another country to experience something new and fresh, you have to remember that that positive feeling won’t last forever. Reality will set in after a while. Life in your new country will start to become dull and perhaps even restless. You just can’t avoid that. Moving to a new country may be able to briefly give you feelings of happiness, contentment and fulfillment, but it won’t fix everything for you. A new environment at the end of the day is nothing more than that. If you’re fully aware of that concept, you should be able to approach moving to a new nation with a much healthier and more balanced outlook.

Culture Shock is a Real Thing

Culture shock isn’t a myth. It’s a real thing. It can be hard to immerse yourself into a lifestyle that’s totally unfamiliar to you. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done plenty of research, either. It doesn’t matter if you’ve taken the time to learn about local customs and practices. It can be tough to get used to cultural differences. It can be something that requires a lot of time, effort and patience as well. If you move to a new country, don’t be surprised if other people don’t respond well to your distinctive sense of humor. Don’t be surprised if people act startled when you try to hug them or shake their hands, either. The world is full of cultural differences. Don’t take them personally. That just wastes your precious time.

Your Friendships Won’t Be the Same

It can be hard to continue friendships when distance is involved. If you have a best friend who lives in your hometown, expect your relationship with him or her to be a little different. Some people speak to their best friends on a daily basis. If you uproot to an entirely new country, however, doing that probably won’t be realistic. Try not to feel hurt if your friends and family members from back home don’t contact you as much as they did before. That’s totally normal. You may not be able to contact them as much as you did in the past yourself. That doesn’t mean that you no longer care about them or think about them. It simply means that life is busy and that you have a lot on your plate in your new home.

Goodbyes Will Likely Be Common

If you move to another country, you may meet a lot of other people in your shoes. Expatriates tend to move frequently, however. That means that there’s a good chance they won’t be around for long. You should realize that there will probably be many new people coming in and out of your life. It can be painful and difficult, but that’s how things usually go in the expatriate world. People rarely stay put for extended stretches of time.

Conclusion – Preparation is Essential

Moving to a new country is simultaneously difficult and rewarding. If you go above and beyond to prepare well, however, it may be the best thing possible for you. Your aim should be to prepare for your relocation confidently and calmly.


When it’s time to make a transition and move across the country, you face a difficult task: sorting out what to bring with you. A big move like this means that you will need to make some tough choices, because moving anything will be expensive and you will have very limited space. In this post, we will explain some tips to help you figure out what to bring and what to leave behind or sell.

Keep Sentimental Things

Whether it’s pictures, books, jewelry, or anything else, you should hold onto anything that has some personal value to you beyond its monetary value. These objects are often associated with special memories or important people in your life, so do your best to keep them with you. These objects are often small, so they won’t take up too much space. It is a good idea to pack things like this separately to ensure that you can find them quickly when you need to unpack. As anyone who has moved knows, it is very common to postpone unpacking some of the things you bring with you, sometimes indefinitely. If you know where your most important things are, you can take care of them first.

Do Not Use Storage Services

It can be very tempting to open up a storage cube or unit to keep some of your things, but this is a mistake. All it will do is enable you to keep collecting things that you may well not need. A move is a good opportunity to free yourself of some of the stuff that you don’t need. If you get storage, the opposite will happen: you will just accumulate more things while you have a whole set of possessions stored away. You’ll wind up paying for storage for a long time because you will never have the space and time to unpack the storage unit. Nobody ever uses the things they put in storage as much as they expect. You should ask yourself why you don’t just get rid of an object every time you consider storing it away. Think about how it will most likely just sit in a storage unit for months before you even see it again. In that case is it really something you need?

Keep Durable Things

One of the best ways to cut down on the cost of moving is to hold onto things you have that are practical and will last a long time. For example, pots and pans, flatware, plates and bowls, and kitchen tools and appliances are very useful and they tend to last if they are of good quality. There’s no need to rebuy them if you already have a good set, so bring them with you. The same goes for electronics and clothing. Yes, your move is a fresh start, but just throwing out everything is a waste. Take a careful inventory of what you own and make special note of durable objects that you use a lot. Those should get a high priority when it comes time to make your list of what comes along.

Toss Things You Plan To Upgrade

Conversely, it makes sense that if there are things that you will rebuy, don’t take them with you. For example, TVs can be bulky as well as delicate. If you are getting a new job and a new place, you might well want a new TV. If that’s the case, you should save yourself some money and effort by getting the new TV right away when you move in and leaving the old one at the old place. Why carry a TV across the country if it is destined to be gone in a few months? You can make a similar argument for some other bulky pieces like speakers, air conditioners, and big appliances. Whether you own these depends on if you are renting or buying, because a renter’s landlord often supplies items like these. Think about what you would do if you were not moving. Are there items that you would want to upgrade in the near future even if you were staying where you are? Those are good candidates for being left behind.

Think Carefully About Furniture

Furniture is a delicate case. On the one hand, it tends to be bulky, heavy, and vulnerable to breaks and drops, so it takes a lot of effort and money to move. Those same qualities also make furniture expensive to replace, however, and some furniture can have sentimental value. This will come down to a case by case decision. Some people will want the continuity of their own furniture, while others prefer a totally fresh start. The cost and size of your furniture plays a big role as well. Some things make no sense to move because they are old, too big, or hard to protect from bumps. Most cases will fall into a gray area, though, where you will have to use your judgement to decide on whether to bring something along. If you will have more space after the move, then this decision is a little easier, but you will still need to make some tough choices. Furniture is often the hardest part because it is very expensive to rebuy, but by not bringing some of it, you can use that space and money to move many smaller things. You’ll simply have to decide on the emotional and practical value of each item individually- no set rule can guide you here.


Moving more than a few hours away seems like a daunting task, and anything that you can farm out to professionals seems like it should only help make the move easier. However, that’s not always the case. Auto transport, for example, seems like a good idea at first, but then as you look at the costs and start looking for cheaper companies, more disadvantages become apparent – and many of those are linked to the fact that you’re looking at cheap companies.

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Whether you’re planning a big cross country move or you’re simply a “snowbird” headed down south for the winter, transporting your vehicle across the country can be a big stressor and can seem like a daunting challenge. It is however a a necessary part of your relocation process. While driving the car yourself is always a valid option, you may not have the time or energy to hit the road for a 700-mile drive across the country.

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