With a UK/US team who have lived in eight countries between us, we know a thing or two about moving abroad. Both personally, and professionally.
When faced with the ultimatum, it’s a huge decision. Maybe you’ve been asked to relocate for work, or maybe the opportunity has presented itself to move on and you’re torn about going further afield.
Either way, it’s time to weigh up the pros and cons.
Relocating abroad is a new adventure
You know that feeling, when you go on holiday somewhere new, and you spend the whole time looking out of the window, taking in your temporary home? Well, picture that feeling, and times it by a hundred. That’s how it feels when you move abroad.
You’re not just presented with a new neighborhood or area, you’re presented with a whole new country. New cities, new areas, all yours to explore!
The daunt and doubts you may have had before you landed are almost always washed away by that feeling of anticipation and excitement.
You may well have a culture shock
If you’re moving somewhere completely different to your current home, it’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed.
The biggest triggers are the ‘norms’ you’ve come to grow used to, and how they’re presented in your new country. From living situations to food, to the common European theme of life completely shutting down on a Sunday.
Initially, it’s almost inevitable that you’re going to miss old traditions, but the good news is, culture shock is only temporary. Soon, you’ll be making new memories and creating new traditions.
You’ll learn a LOT
Travel is arguably life’s most enriching experience, and through the courage of moving abroad, you’ll learn a lot about both yourself, and the world.
One of the best ways to get to know your new home is by exploring, going to museums, learning about its history. In this way, the lessons you learn abroad are very literal.
But on top of that, wherever you move to you’ll be meeting new people and having new experiences almost daily, both of which are also huge stimulators for mental growth.
The language barrier
The language barrier may come under culture shock – but it can also a whole new concern on its own.
The simple answer is to learn the language. But obviously, it’s not as easy as that.
If you are moving to a country with a different language however, it’s hugely advisable to at least learn the basics. Hello, Goodbye, Thank you, Please… how to introduce yourself. And make sure you’re aware of any actions which are considered rude or offensive in the new culture.
Immersing yourself in a new culture comes hand in hand with learning the language, and luckily, there’s no easier way to do so than by living in the country.
You’re more likely to live a healthier lifestyle
Listen, we love the US as much as you do. But our lifestyle is pretty unique to Northern America.
Europe, in particular, is much more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, with most homes being located within walking distance to at least a small grocery store (and often a pub). Even those looking at moving to Australia will be pleasantly surprised by how accessible all of the suburbs and neighborhoods are of each city.
On top of that, our food is notorious for being less processed, with fresh fruit and vegetables and daily baked bread the complete norm. Plus, the portion sizes are smaller – which may seem like a con, but once you’ve seen their cheese selection and filled yourself up on the free aperetivo in Italy, we think you’ll be persuaded.
Saving to Move Abroad
Moving abroad can be expensive… and balancing your finances on either side of your move is a big task.
If you’re moving for work, you should be given a relocation allowance to help cover the expenses of moving/flights/renting. However, if you’re moving of your own accord, it’s time to start looking into exchange rates asap.
If one of you is working and the other will be job hunting, it’s important to take into consideration the time-frame of it taking your other-half to find a job.
On top of this, is the move itself. Finding a trustworthy shipping company that won’t break the bank can seem like an impossible task.
But it doesn’t have to be!
If you’re looking to make the move cheaper, why not consider a ‘you pack’ alternative? Instead of having movers come in and handle all of your belongings, you’ll be able to pack and prioritize yourself.
Nobody knows your own items and their sentimental value the way you do, and by packing yourself, you also save a buck!
UPakWeShip offers different sized shipping options, from baggage to crates, to 20ft/40ft containers, all pack-it-yourself to keep costs down.
With almost all shipping options taking your belongings from door-to-door, you’ll know you’re in safe hands. And the best part is, UPakWeShip works on a no-hidden-costs price. What you’re quoted is what you’ll pay!
To discover your moving rate, take a look at our instant quotes from the US to Europe/Australia/New Zealand.
Moving elsewhere? A free custom quote will allow you to find out how we can help you.