How to Move to a New Country

Sometimes it is necessary to move countries for whatever reason. It may be a job, family situations or maybe you want a fresh start. Whatever the situation, leaving what you have in your current country that you have made in the previous years will be hard. This guide will aim to help you start a new life abroad.


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    Plan the move to a new country very carefully. Plan your finances, including every costly action; for example: fuel, travel costs, plane tickets etc. Make sure you have a budget. You will need enough money to get you to your destination with sufficient money spare to get accommodation.
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    Make sure you have a place to go. Don't presume that getting there is enough, you will need accommodation, food, etc. This may be included in a work situation, or indeed family situation but it is still worth making sure that you have somewhere to go.
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    Understand that you will miss your current friends and family a lot, much more than you think. You may have fall outs with friends but when you move away you will really miss them. Make sure you have means of communication with them and make sure you have their phone numbers, email addresses etc.
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    Think positive. You will be leaving friends and family behind but you will meet new people. You may think that no-one can match your current friendships but you will soon realize that if you try to get along with people, they will most likely try to get along with you. Talk to people, make friends. It will happen, just stay positive.
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    Make sure to research the currency and change your money into their currency. You need to have the right money if you are going to live there. Once you are there this will not be an issue but on your way there you may need some and you will need some cash to start off with.
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    Research their climate, language, time zone, laws etc. There are loads of things that need to be taken into consideration. For example, you need to know what side of the road they drive on, what language they speak, what their countryside is like, how long it will take to get there etc.
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    Ensure you fulfill any legal requirements for living and working in your chosen new country. Not all countries welcome immigrants with open arms, especially those without jobs or the necessary skills to begin a career. Some countries will not even allow temporary entry for those from certain other places, for example, you cannot travel to Israel if you live in Dubai. If you have a criminal record your plans to move to another country will have to take this into consideration. The U.S., Australia and New Zealand, for example, do not accept incomers with certain criminal track records.
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    Things may not always go to plan. The idea of a new life and a new start may sound good, however, with all the practicalities can be very stressful. Make sure you know what you are doing and make sure you know that it will not all be easy and stress free. It will take a lot of hard work.


  • Befriend the locals, this will help you learn the culture and language better and banish the feeling of being an outsider.
  • When living in a new country, make an effort to learn the language. Not only will you understand the local culture better,the locals will also appreciate you more.
  • Take things slowly. Take your time and make sure you have sorted everything out before you go. There is no reason to rush and panic as this will not help anything. The best way to do this is to stay calm, happy and take your time.
  • Enjoy yourself. There is no point moving if you feel like you won't enjoy it.
  • Planning is the key to success. Make sure you have everything planned out as moving to another country is a massive step. Organise your money, currencies, passports etc. This will help avoid stress later on in the process.
  • Make sure that you're going to another country for a valid reason. There is no point going through all the stress for no reason. Some people may contradict this reason; so long as you think your reason is valid, that's the most important thing.


  • Make sure you know all the issues related to moving and take precautions to avoid them.
  • Keep a good amount of money available at all times. If you run out of money then there will be a real issue. Don't run out of money.
  • Don't get over stressed. This is unhealthy and can lead to conditions.

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