Moving abroad is exciting, right? No matter whether you do it because of work, or just in order to make yet another dream of yours come true, relocating to another country will bring so many changes in your life that you cannot possibly imagine. You would want this new chapter of your life to begin with a positive experience. In order to do that, you should make sure that your physical relocation to your new country and place of residence goes as smoothly as possible. It may be a little scary, but actually you have just a couple of things to look out for and it will all be okey.
The most important thing to do is to make sure that all your documents are in order. This should actually be the first thing on your list, because some types of papers, like visas, moving and residence permits may take up to several months to be completed, depending on the country you are moving to, and you must have enough time to react if something is not in order. Even though your local man and van company would be ready to arrange the shipping permits and other things related to the transportation of your furniture and personal items, it would not hurt to check those out yourself too.
Have in mind that, especially in cases of long-distance moves, the bulk of your goods may arrive quite a lot of time after you have actually arrived in the country. That is the reason why you should pack the essential items – several changes of clothes, toiletries, drugs, documents and other relevant stuff – and take them with you, so that you are prepared to meet several days up to a couple of weeks without the rest of your goods.
Have in mind that the tax and employment laws in the country you are moving to would most likely be very different from what you are used to in the United Kingdom. Make your research so that there are no unpleasant surprises when you need them the least. Those laws and regulations might be different, but not shockingly different. If you are not sure about some aspect you have come across while doing your research, do not feel ashamed to consult with a specialists. It is always better to be sure in what you know.
The last thing we would like to stress here would be relevant only if you are moving to a place where English is not an official language. You have probably already guessed what it is – you should acquire some basic skills in the new language before you move in to the country in question, so that you do not start from scratch when you find yourself at the new place. Language can teach you much about the culture and the people who speak it, and learning one is always fun. You can start learning either on your own, or by enrolling in a specialized language course.