Are you moving away this summer or for longer term? Moving can be both stressful and very exciting, however we want to help take the stress away. There is so much to think about and organise, both at home and abroad, in order to make your move possible – from packing, to arranging transport, to sorting new accommodation and planning for your new job or course of study. To help you prioritise tasks and to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Excess Baggage is here to help with your moving essentials.
1. Your Documents
The most important thing to ensure is that you essential documents are in order, documents relating to travel, employment, health, and residency in your new location. Check your passport and driving licence are in date. You may need a Visa for the country you are going to. Allow for additional time before expiry on your passport to ensure you are able to get home. You will, of course, need to make sure that you are permitted to travel to, and to stay in, your new location. You will need to arrange visas/ permits well in advance of your date of travel. These things can add on additional expense before you leave but because they are so important, it is key to see to them first. You will need travel insurance for many reasons such as illness or the loss of luggage. We think it is a great idea to leave copies of all your important documents with a loved one at home and also have one with you, this includes a photocopy of your passport. If you are starting a new job there are documents you will need. Make sure to check with the new employer if possible. That way you can be as organised as possible.
Looking for a career to travel with? Check out our blog post…
2. Make a planned itinerary
Make sure that you know all the ins and outs of your journey to your new location. This may sound obvious, but arriving at a destination you are not familiar with can be disorientating. Research the location well and print out instructions for travel to your final destination, plus timetables for public transport and fare charges. Check that you are not travelling on a public/ bank holiday, which could mean reduced timetables, or possibly no service on that day. In case of unexpected travel disruption, be aware of alternative modes of transport and keep numbers for taxi companies saved in your phone. It is also important to be aware of the etiquette involved in travelling on public transport. Do you buy your ticket on board or at a ticket kiosk? Do you need to validate your ticket, once you have boarded a bus or tram? Is it customary to tip a taxi driver? How do you arrange a taxi pick-up – should you book beforehand, or is it cheaper to simply hail one from the side of the road? Are you aware which taxi companies are properly licenced so that you are not taken for a ride, in both senses of the word? Check out review sites like Tripadvisor to benefit from the advice of other travellers.
3. Make a Budget
It is important to make a budget, especially if you haven’t got a job secured. You will need to have money available in the correct currency. Make sure you have enough money to cover your travel, visa as well as the first few days and weeks in your new location, to allow you to set up a bank account. It is not a good idea to carry too much cash especially when going somewhere new. Instead, spread your money across cash and travel cards, it can be a good idea to get a credit card if you don’t have one already. It can be a life saver for an unexpected cost or for renting a car. You should also authorise your card with your bank provider before you head off. It can be a good idea to withdraw larger amounts of cash from an ATM as there will be less transaction fees.
We recommend getting a Revolut card, some of the reason are below…
- ATM withdrawals up to €/$/£ 200 per month
- Free card transactions
- Push notifications on your phone
- Plenty of top-up methods
- Free FX up to €/$/£ 6000 per month
4. Do you have somewhere to stay?
When you arrive you are going to need a place to lay your head we recommend having this sorted before you go. Moving abroad to work, for example, ask your new employer for some options. If possible, plan a trip to your new location to visit potential homes. Book into a local hotel or Airbnb if you have nothing sorted for the first few weeks. This can be a good idea before signing any rental agreements as you will want to see the property beforehand. Check that you are getting a good price for your accommodation by comparing with other local accommodation rates. Allow yourself plenty of time to find a place to live before your work contract/ course of study begins.
You may not be able to pack everything you need into your small suitcase. Don’t worry we can help. We are cheaper than the majority of airline prices to send excess baggage. It can also be very difficult carrying it around on top of the stress involved in getting flights and public transport. Having your much-loved possessions when you arrive, can help to turn your new accommodation into a home and can help ease home-sickness. We can ship your luggage to your new destination using! Contact us today to get a quote on sending your luggage.
6. Find out about where you are going
Do some research, find blog posts from people who have already traveled there. Get tips on transport, average spend, best place to visit, eat and sleep. Tripadvisor is very useful as you can base your choice on the reviews of previous visitors. If you know where you are going to live, note down how far away they are and how to get here, as well as opening times. If you intend to use public transport a lot, find out if there are travel cards available to reduce the cost. Speak with anyone who is familiar with the area for everyday tips. Get the numbers for local emergency services and save them in your phone. Lonely Planet offer some great books which include maps and tips.
7. Check your healthcare
Health insurance is a good idea ass ill health can strike at any time. Check if you have access to local health care. Find out how the health system works – whether it is a public or largely private health care system. Find out if your new job comes with benefits such as health care? You may need vaccinations to travel to certain countries, find out from your doctor or a tmb clinic what you may need.
8. Join your new community
Home-sickness is likely to strike once the excitement of relocating has died down. To help combat this, you should try to become involved in the local community. Talk to people at work/ university and ask to get together outside of working hours. Remember that family members who have travelled with you may not have such outlets for socialising and encourage them to meet people in other ways – by joining local clubs and societies. It can be importnat to learn local heritage, culture and language. You can start on this before you move so that you can impress the locals from the start. Most people you meet abroad will be thrilled that you have made the effort to learn their culture.
Saty in touch with your loved ones. If your loved ones are not great with technology, set them up before you go so you can video call and chat to them regularly. You may need to change you mobile account or cancel and get a new one abroad. With access to WiFi being so accessible, there are options that won’t effect your date, such as WhatsApp and Facetime, once you have a secure connection. You can then obtain a pay as you go sim so you only pay for what you use. You can use Skype to contact other users at home. When getting WiFi options make sure you shop around, and ask the advice of locals for best providers and prices.