Moving to a new country from Boston or anywhere in the US can be an exciting and challenging experience at the same time.
We always say moving is a journey and there’s no better journey than moving to a new country to experience different surroundings, cultures, food and more.
However, embarking on an international move requires some additional thought and planning.
Here are 5 essential things that you should know before making the move to another country.
Visas and other legal requirements
Before making the move, it’s essential to research the visa requirements and legalities of the country you’re moving to. Your international moving company should have experts that will guide you through this process. However, it’s up to you to make sure you have all the necessary documents, such as passports, work permits, and visas, in order to avoid any delays in your journey. And these documents may be different depending on the country you are moving to. Check out our list of international moving documents here.
Cultural differences when moving
Moving to a new country means adapting to a new culture, language, and way of life. Culture shock as many call it, is common, so it’s important to prepare for it by researching the customs and traditions of the country beforehand. It’s also important to research common courtesies, hand gestures and slang words not understood.
Cost of living moving to a new country
The cost of living in a new country may be tremendously different from what you’re used to in the United States. Make sure you research the cost of living, including housing, transportation, food, and healthcare, to ensure you can afford it.
Healthcare is different in every country
Healthcare systems vary greatly from country to country, so it’s important to research the healthcare options and insurance requirements in your new home. Make sure you understand how healthcare coverage operates and understand how to access healthcare services.
Building a support system when moving overseas
Moving to a new country can be lonely, so it’s important to build a support system. This can be done by connecting with locals, coworkers, or your new neighbors. Having a support system can help with the transition and make the experience more enjoyable. You may even be able to find groups of people that have recently moved who can help support you.