#1 Finding a Job
There are many ways to go about international job hunting, including recruiters, company transfers and job boards. Find out where to start and what is required of you within the position.
Note that work permits can be hard to obtain and sometimes harder if you are a two-income household. The first step in finding out what you need to work in another country is to contact the consulate or embassy of the country you want to work/move to.
#2 Establish two bank accounts
When moving aboard, make sure you have 2 different bank accounts – one in your home country and one in your new host country. You’ll often find you’ve left behind financial obligations in your home currency which you can re-direct (I.E mortgage, loan and tax payments etc.)
You might also want to think about expecting home currency payments as well (I.E. rental payments.) It’s a good idea to sit down and work out all your outgoings and income before your departure that will be impossible with a new foreign address.
As soon as you arrive at your new home, you’ll need an account to manage your everyday needs. It’s always advised that you fund this account with 3-6 months of living expenses (for unforeseen expenses) with the aim to reduce moving money across accounts and avoiding costly charges. It’s always best to look for the leading banks as they will be more likely to offer you the best deals in currency conversions and will have the most experience internationally.
#3 How to rent/sell your property
Be sure to give yourself at least 6 months before moving abroad. This should give you enough to avoid putting you or your family under any stress. It will also allow you to keep your standards high and attract only the best tenants.
If you don’t have that much time however, turn to the professionals who have expert experience in property management and will assist in finding suitable tenants. They will also manage the property when you move abroad. Be sure to inform your mortgage lender/advisor and your insurance providers – so they know that someone else will be living in your home. Otherwise you might find that you’re not covered is something should happen whilst away.
#4 Removal tactics
Moving your entire life along with your possessions to another country sounds like a mammoth task but lucky for you there are many services out there who will kindly take on this burden. When moving your things abroad, you have 2 choices, air or sea. Sea will usually save you a little money but will take quite a bit more time.
#5 Learning the foreign language
Finding out about whether other languages are spoken in the region and what level of English is spoken through the population is a good place to start.
Then, if you start a beginners evening course of the native language of the country you’re moving to, you’ll get the most from the experience and find you’ll settle in a lot smoother and quicker.
Ben Booker is a freelance copywriter from London. He enjoys writing about art, photography and his travels. Ben plans to move to Cape Town for one year to peruse his journalism career.