Preparing for an international move

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Moving around the world is much different than moving around the corner.  Whether you are moving because of a career change or simply just in search of a new adventure, an international move takes a lot of planning, scheduling and organizations.  For most people the most daunting part of an international move is knowing where to start the process.  For that, the best place to start is to contact a reputable moving company such as www.orbitmoving.com for help.  Their trained and experienced moving specialists can help you with every step of your international move.

In the meantime, however, there are things you can do on your end to reduce the stress of an international move and make the process go more smoothly.  Here are a few tips that should get you off on the right foot:

Do your homework

By far the best thing you can do to make your move go smoothly is to do your research about the country to which you are moving.  The more you know about the country, its customs, culture and laws, the more easily you will assimilate when you move.  A good place to start is online, but be sure you are consulting reliable sources.

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Learn the language

Another thing to consider is whether English is spoken widely in the country in which you will be living.  If not, is your command of the native language(s) is not up to snuff, you would be well served to learn at least a few key phrases in the language.  Your local community college might offer courses in the language, otherwise you could take an online course to brush up.  Audio CDs or podcasts can help, too.  You don’t have to become fluent in your new language, but it can be very helpful to learn the basics before you move.

Contact the embassy

Next, find out the contact information for your home country’s embassy in the new country.  They can be an invaluable resource to you.  Firstly, they will speak your native language, making it much easier for you to get accurate information.  They will be able to answer any questions you have about visa requirements, local laws, medical requirements, etc.

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Touch base with other newcomers

One of the best ways to assimilate into a new country is to touch base with other expatriates.  Do some research to find expatriate groups in your destination city.  They will be able to offer you valuable tips on life in your new surroundings and, what’s more, you’ll have a built-in social circle as soon as you move.  No need to worry about having to make new friends right off the bat!

Part of the major stresses of international moving. Let a qualified international moving company take care of the logistics of the actual move so you can spend your time working out the details of how to best feel comfortable in your new city.  This involves making social connections, getting in touch with your embassy in the new country, learning the basics of the language and familiarizing yourself with the local laws and customs.  Once you do those things, you should start to feel more relaxed about moving to unfamiliar surroundings.

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