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We all know that relocation can be a very time-consuming and stressful event. However, there are some steps you can take in order to make the entire process go as smooth as possible. One of the most stressful things about relocation is packing, especially if you own a huge house with lots of expensive items. This can give you lots of anxiety simply because you constantly have to worry about whether something is going to get damaged or lost during transportation. By using these packing tricks and tips you can be certain that you relocation will be quick, efficient and a lot less stressful!

There are several things than you might have to do when it comes to packing. Organization and time-effectiveness are essential. If you have no previous experience with relocation, don’t worry. Here are our best pieces of advice which will hopefully make you less worried about having to relocate. Let’s first breakdown the moving process into 4 segments:

  •        Organizing and getting everything ready
  •        Packing your belonging
  •        Transportation to the new location
  •        Moving in

Step 1: Getting everything ready and purchasing moving supplies

        This is the most essential part of your relocation. If you don’t feel confident enough about doing this on your own, ask a friend or someone close to you for some advice on how to cope with relocation organization. Be aware that there are many things that you need to take into consideration, so start planning on time. Being time-efficient is very important – after all, time is money! There are several things that you need to do before you can start packing all of your stuff:

  •        Organize all of you belonging before you start packing them: If you’ve never moved homes before, you might not realize the fact that you will come across certain things you forgot you even had. This is completely expected and happens to literally everyone. This is why organizing all of your items is really important. You can organize them into sections, for example ‘stuff for kitchen’, ‘bathroom stuff’, etc. Once you’ve gathered everything you have into piles accordingly, you will get an estimate on how many moving boxes you’ll need, as well as how many supplies you’ll have to purchase. The next things you should do is to measure any big furniture you own. This includes beds, closets, bookshelves, glass cases, etc. Once you’ve got all of the dimensions it will be easier to choose how much packing material you’ll need. Another important thing to take into consideration are any delicate and fragile items you might own, such as expensive paintings, musical instruments and anything else. Assess these items before you decide how much and what type of protective moving material you’ll need.
  •        Find and purchase appropriate packing supplies: Even though you might think that only moving boxes will be sufficient, you simply cannot go without more packing supplies. Some of these packing supplies include large moving boxes, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, duct tape, etc. There are lots of supply stores where you can easily locate and purchase all of these items. Don’t forget to make a shopping list! If you miss out on buying something, there might not be enough time late, so organize everything on time. You can always opt for any item you might encounter at the store and purchase it on the spot. But be prepared with a shopping list, which will contain all the absolutely necessary supplies you’ll need. You will also need certain tools for making your relocation easier. Such tools include dollies and handtrucks, for example. This will help you save so much time and energy, so definitely consider purchasing those too. 

Step 2: Packing your belonging and preparing for relocation

  •        Packing up everything: This is the final step. If you’re brave enough, you can pack everything on your own. However, if you have no experience, you might want to ask for advice from a professional or someone with a bit more experience. The most important thing to remember is that packing takes a lot of time, especially if you have a huge house with lots of furniture and other items. Remember to take short breaks every now and then in order to not get too exhausted. Also, don’t forget to have fresh water with you at all times. Keeping yourself hydrated will certainly help. Try to have a proper meal during these breaks in order to ensure having enough energy to go through the entire process. Once you begin packing, it’s best to work in sections. First, pack everything that belongs to the kitchen. Then, pack stuff that’s supposed to go in the bathroom. Make sure you have a packing checklist and track your progress as you go. This will ensure that you don’t miss anything while packing and will make the whole process a lot easier.
  •         Or simply hire a professional moving company to help you pack: Can’t be bothered to pack by yourself? Want to avoid any unnecessary hassle and stress? If this is the case, you can always find a reliable and professional moving company which can help you pack everything. There are so many moving companies out there nowadays. If you hire Cross Country Moving Group, you can be certain that our professionally trained staff will safely pack and transport all of your belongings. This will prevent any unnecessary stress. With Cross Country Moving Group, your relocation process will be swift and smooth.



Have you always dreamt of living in a rural area, surrounded by nature and friendly people? Are you tired of the polluted city air and constant noise? Then perhaps it is time you seriously consider moving home.

        But I’ve lived in the city my whole life, you might think, I don’t think I’d be able to handle the rural lifestyle. Well, the good thing about living in the countryside is – there’s not really that much to handle. However, if you are still unsure whether you want to ditch the city life, we at Cross Country Movers Group have prepared some arguments why we believe you should definitely do so.

The Relief

        Just think of all the times you went to visit your friends or family in the countryside. Remember that feeling when you realize you are miles away from the hustle and bustle, from crowded metro stations, from people elbowing their way through the city… And you just take a deep breath and feel at peace. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if you could feel like that all day, every day?

Eating Healthy

        Yes, we are aware that eating healthy is possible in the city as well. But the truth is, it’s not nearly as easy and enjoyable as it is in the countryside. Here, you would get to actually grow your own food. And that is the only way you can be completely sure that everything you eat is free of harmful chemicals. And we’re not only talking about fruits and veggies. You will get to have your own eggs, dairy products, or even meat. Another great thing is that if you don’t really think farming is for you – you don’t have to do it. Chances are, most of your neighbors will have their own gardens as well, and you will be able to buy their produce for much less money than in a store. So not only will you be healthier, but you will save money as well!

Breathing Healthy

        It has been estimated that there are more than 250 million cars in the United States. Just think about all the pollution they cause. And let us not even start talking about factories. In the age of industrial growth, the only truly clean place is the countryside. Spend a week or two in a rural area and you will most definitely notice a difference. Every breath will be more enjoyable. Why not live your whole life like that?

The People

        Residents in overcrowded cities don’t really bother getting to know their neighbors. And with their busy daily schedules, they simply don’t have the time to make friends. If you have lived in a city for the most part of your life, chances are, you feel somehow disconnected from the people around you. The great thing about living in the country is that you are surrounded with much fewer people – but each one of them will take some time of their day to say hello and see how you’re doing. You will never feel lonely in the countryside.


        Crime rates in rural areas have been lower than in the cities for as long as crime has existed. Knowing that you can go to bed at night without locking all your doors and windows is a relief that no city can offer you. In addition, if you have children, you will be able to let them roam around freely, without the fear of something bad happening to them. And you can’t put a price on the peace of mind, right?


        Leading a sustainable lifestyle is by far easier in the country. Living off grid, being in touch in nature, and taking care of your environment is borderline impossible in urban areas. If you are someone who cares about the environment, you should definitely consider going country.

Living Costs

        Home prices, as well as living costs in general, are far lower in the countryside than in the city. For example, half a million dollars will buy you a three-bedroom home on an 80-acres ranch in Colorado. For the same money, you can find a 2 bedroom apartment in Boston. The difference is amazing.

Needless to say, there still are some drawbacks to living in rural neighborhoods. The remoteness of your home may make it hard for you to reach a hospital when you need one. Additionally, your children might be forced to go to a neighboring village or town in order to attend classes. And if you are someone who enjoys going out, socializing, and always meeting new people, you just might find the countryside a little boring.

        But you know what? You can’t really know for sure until you try. Our suggestion is – give it a go. Move to the countryside for a couple of months, see how it feels and whether it makes you happier. And if it does, you can simply stay there for good.

        And if you have already decided to move, what are you waiting for? Give Cross Country Movers Group a call! Our representatives will be more than happy to provide you with additional information regarding our services, such as residential and corporate relocation, car shipping services, storage units, professional packing and unpacking, moving supplies, and so much more. Contact us today to get the best moving price estimate in the country. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Have you ever experienced the hassle of a moving day? Is this your very first time moving house? Whether you’re moving across the border or across the world, relocating to an entirely new country is both exciting and downright overwhelming! Anything from planning the move, to packing, to settling in will find its place on your moving list, and that one won’t be easy to conquer. Thankfully, we’re here to help. Our group of experienced movers and relocation experts have gone through years of training just to be able to help families who desire to start fresh somewhere else. Whatever the reason for your move , be it further education, job requirements or getting closer to someone in the family. here are some tips to help you adjust to your new home and country quickly and successfully.

Better Plan Than Sorry: The more in-detail plan you create, the better prepared you’ll be once you arrive. Use our article to create a step by step list of things you should do in a chronological order. First and foremost, we need to get the logistics of your move out of the way. It’s especially important to find a professional and reliable international moving company. Look for the one that can best accommodate your move. If you’re moving to a country far away, you’ll more than likely need to have your belongings shipped overseas. While some choose to ship their things via plane, the most economical (albeit slower) route is to ship them via boat. Make sure the movers walk you through the entire international relocation process from beginning to end. Since much of the cost of an international move is based on volume, it’s best not to pack everything. Remember: items, such as furniture and decor, can be purchased in your new country. Be sure to pack your own suitcase with at least 2 weeks worth of clothing and necessary items as well.


Mental Prep: Stop worrying in advance about what you’re going to do after you move and start focusing on what to do before you move. Besides moving logistics, there are plenty of ways you can prepare for your relocation. First, I suggest setting up your utilities and bank account ahead of time. Then, focus on learning as much as possible about your new country. Here are a few good starting points:

  • Check out maps online to get a general lay of the land.
  • Learn about the shops and restaurants in your new neighborhood.
  • Research the country’s history, culture, customs, and cultural norms. Read a travel book to explore the happenings in your area.
  • In addition to learning about the culture, it’s also a good idea to study up on the country’s language. If you can take a language class or hire a tutor, I highly recommend doing so before you move. This way you’ll know enough of the language to do basic things the first few months, like ordering food or asking for directions.


Additionally, it may be a good idea to research relocation companies in your new city. Oftentimes, these companies will not only help you find a home and furnishings but will also help you to get acclimated to your new surroundings.

Find Your Inner Tourist:  We encourage you to embrace the world and be touristy! When you’re new to a city, the best thing you can do is grab your travel guides and start exploring your environment. From museums and historic sites to shopping, dining and activities – touring your city and its surroundings will introduce you to all the fun your new country has to offer. Once you’ve explored your own town, we recommend renting a car and checking out other cities and landmarks throughout the area.

Make some friends:  …but don’t neglect your old ones. You won’t do yourself any favors by sitting at home all alone. Say “yes” to as many invitations as you can. Also, be the one to invite. Don’t wait for potential new friends to come to you – get outside and find them yourself! Seek out local expat groups, meetups, and expat bars in your new town to meet like-minded people. Also, don’t be afraid to take initiative when it comes to planning activities with other people. This might sound too obvious but do say hello to your neighbors (and don’t forget to give them a friendly smile). You can easily chat someone up after they’ve returned you a smile. However, while you’re busy making new friends, don’t forget your old ones! Make time to skype and call friends and family back home, so you don’t lose touch.

Blend In: Here is what we mean: Not only is getting involved in the community a great way to learn more about your home, but it will also inadvertently introduce you to a new set of people and potential friends. Find out about their causes, and help with one. Join the community effort to clean he streets or help poor member of the community. In case there is a community center nearby, you can easily sign up for language classes, become a volunteer at a local non-profit,  or buy a gym membership. Join an enthusiast group sharing your hobbies.  Find your best way to immerse yourself in a new culture and community.

Go with the flow: Obviously, not everything about your move is going to go as smoothly as you hoped. Perhaps your belongings show up a few weeks late or you’re struck with a bout of unexpected homesickness. Stay calm – it’s perfectly normal to run into a few hiccups and bumps along the way. Whatever happens, though, try your best to remain positive. Everything gets easier over time. So focus on the good things, like the culture, food and people and forget the rest! Try to stay positive in face of every obstacle and enjoy the experience.

How to protect your belongings when moving

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.


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.