Posts Tagged ‘Moving Internationally’

International Moving Guidelines for First-Timers

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

If you’re moving to an international country or moving overseas for the first time, the process can be completely foreign to you. Without the right information and tools, you can find yourself lost amongst all of the arrangements that need to be made and all the paperwork that needs to be filled out. Below is an international moving guide that can help you navigate the often complicated waters of international relocation and help you choose an international moving company that will give you peace of mind.

Knowledge about International Customs and Regulations – Any international moving company you employ to transport your household goods overseas should have extensive knowledge on the customs and regulations of international countries. A great way to test this is to call up any prospective company and ask them as many questions as possible pertaining to your international move. Any reputable international moving company should be able to answer all of your questions and help you schedule an international move with little hassle.

Experience is important. The more experience an international relocation service has the better they will be able to deal with your freight or household goods should any problems arise. Unipack is a global relocation service that has been in the business a long time and can make sure that your goods reach their destination in a safe and cost effective way.



Scouting for a New Home Overseas

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Moving internationally is a wonderful opportunity to discover a culture and start a new exciting life. The perfect place for one family or individual may not be perfect for another, so it’s important to explore all possibilities before jumping into a new property overseas. The best way to find out what new country or city is the most perfect fit is to visit as many places as possible for as much time as possible. This way you can experience a variety of different cultures and climates and find out which one is the best fit for you and your family. Scouting is also important for determining which places are most financially accessible on a fixed income if you’re not going to be working.

Scouting for a new place to live overseas can be an opportunity for fantastic adventure and exploration. As someone looking for a place to live you’ll be exploring the areas of cities and countries that most tourists never go. You’ll get to see exciting local restaurants, bars, cultural venues and you’ll get to see how people act and live on a day to day basis. Take these opportunities to meet the locals and decide whether the personalities of the community are compatible with your desired way of life.

If you’re not only scouting for a new place to live but also a place to work, traveling is a good chance to see what the employment situation is like in each place. Trying to find jobs overseas trough the Internet is popular, but a lot of prospects for employment can go missing if you don’t explore the community in person. Not only are there jobs available to only people who are local, but exploring a community in person gives you the chance to network with individuals and businesses that may offer you the job of a lifetime.

Moving Overseas and Learning a New Language

Friday, January 27th, 2012

One of the most disorienting aspects about moving to any new country is not knowing the language. It’s hard not the feel completely lost and helpless in a place where you can’t understand the signs and can’t ask people questions. That is why it is so important to at least learn a few conversational words before moving to a place with a new language. This can be accomplished quite easily with some online tools or a simple language program that you can find in almost any store. At first it’s a good idea to focus on pronunciation, as learning that will make it easier for you to understand native speakers and for them to understand you.

Once you finish your international move, you’ll want to immerse yourself in the language as much as possible. This means going out to bars, restaurants and other social venues that will allow you to develop language skills. If at all possible, make friends with a native speaker who you can talk to on a regular basis, and make sure to stick to the local language. This is a great way to get immersed quickly and accurately. This is also a good opportunity to get immersed in the local culture as well. By speaking with the locals, you’ll discover all the secrets and customs of the people that you would most likely never read on the internet or any travel guide. You’ll also find out about the best restaurants and locations that they never tell the tourists about.

So You’re Moving Internationally

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

If you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and move outside of the United States, you are probably very excited about what the future holds for you. There are a lot of things to prepare for in order to make sure that everything will go as smoothly as possible. Do you have your passports, visas and other documentation ready? Do you have a job to go to? Do you know where you are going to live? These are all very obvious items that need to be taken care of before you fully commit to your international relocation.

Once all that is taken care of, it’s time to figure out the physical logistics of your move. Some people relocate to their new county with nothing more than the clothes on their back and a suitcase. Others, however, want to move many of the possessions in their home that they have accumulated over the years. Moving household goods internationally can be expensive and complicated. A good way to alleviate the stress is to take advantage of a global relocation company that can handle all of the difficult aspects of relocating your things in an affordable way.

After you have a arrived and settled own in your new country, it’s a good idea to integrate yourself with the new environment as soon as possible. Going to places where locals mingle and socialize is a great way to quickly feel like you are a part of the community and are at home. If you are not very familiar with the language, this is also a good way to become immersed, which will radically accelerate the pace at which you will be able to learn the new language.

Are You Ready to Move Internationally?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

A successful move to an international country can be as much of a mental challenge as a physical one. There is of course, the problem of moving all of your stuff overseas at an affordable price, but there is also the issue of social adaptation. For the physical, consulting with a global relocation company can be an easy and affordable way to transport your household goods to your new country.They will do most of the work, from arranging international transportation carriers to timing it perfectly with your pickup and arrival times. The only thing thing you need to worry about is packing and unpacking.

Before going forward with the adventure of moving to an international country, consider the following items and determine whether you are actually ready to take on such an enormous change in your life.

Language barrier – Do you speak the primary language of the country you are moving to? If you are moving to many western European countries this may not be a big deal, but when moving to places in Asia this may represent a rather large obstacle. Try to study the local language of your new home before you arrive. You do not need to be fluent, but being able to communicate simple concepts can be very helpful.

Customs – Learn the social customs of your new country. You may be surprised to find that many other places are way more strict with their social standards than the United States is. Even if certain things are not illegal, you may find that certain activities are frowned upon. Valuable information about cultural aspects like this can be found amongst other travelers and expat communities online.

Cost of Living – You may be surprised at how expensive some places in the world can be. Prices in many major cities in Europe rival the most expensive areas in the U.S. Gasoline is far more expensive in the rest of the world, which is something to look out for if you choose to drive in your new country. Food can also be a price shocker. You will find that some items, like many fruits, to be far more expensive in Europe.