Important Things To Think About Before Moving Abroad

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Like many Americans, the opportunity of living outside of the United States is a financially and socially unattainable goal. But if you’re one the lucky few who do get the opportunity to experience new cultures by living abroad, there a few things you should take into account. While this is an exciting time, it’s also a learning process and adaptation is key when making this big leap.

  1. Not all your things may make the trip:

    Moving to a new country may involve serious downsizing, which unfortunately may not always be your choice. When traveling to a different country, be prepared for different electrical systems that charge your gadgets and appliances. If your current American appliances won’t fit, don’t bother lugging them on the trip. Have a garage sale or recycle them responsibly.

  2. Say goodbye to some technology:

    Depending on your final destination, the technologies and luxuries of everyday household items may be drastically different than what you’re used to. For example, unlike your fancy new electric stove in the U.S., your cooking appliances may be a tad more outdated in your new European apartment. While the lifestyle itself may be simpler and more basic, it still may take a little getting used to. Unless finances aren’t an issue, you might not be living as luxurious as you might have hoped. You may enjoy your view of the Mediterranean Sea, but make sure that’s enough to replace your need for instantly dry clothing.

  3. Your furniture may not fit:

    If you’re coming from a large home and moving into an apartment abroad, the difference in space and floor plans may come as a shock. Different cultures have various living styles and rooms may not be as roomy as they were before. With different setups, window placement and door frame sizes, you’re going to have to rethink your furniture game plan. Before you set up your mover, get measurements of your new pad and map out where everything can be placed. It’s better to sell, donate or store these big tickets items before your shell out some serious cash to get them there.

  4. Culture shock is not a myth:

    By relocating to a new country, you’re going to experience a whole new culture and lifestyle. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a little getting used to and may come as a shock. If you’re not already fluent in the local language, every day tasks will be more difficult and frustrating to accomplish. Also, depending on the transportation system, getting around may be challenging. It make take time, but get to know the local customs, government and societal structure. It’s important to treat the residents of your new home with respect and show appreciation of their culture.

  5. It can be lonely:

    When you first relocate to a new country, chances are you won’t know as many people as your current location. Although you will be able to meet new people, you may be alone more than you’re used to. At home in the states, you probably knew your neighbors, had family close by and friends at the touch of a button. Abroad, it’s going to take some time to build relationships. The best way to combat this is to get involved in local organizations. This will help you meet new people, get to know the area and help you adjust to this big life change.

  6. The food stays:

    This is where we come in. According to the International Association of Movers, food cannot be shipped when moving abroad. Save on the extra suitcase of canned goods and let our movers pick them up for you instead. At Move For Hunger, our moving partners come to your house during the moving process, collecting all the unwanted non perishable items. They bring them to a local food bank and at the end of day, you’re less stressed and others are less hungry.

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