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Simple Ways to Reduce the Stress of an Overseas Move

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Moving overseas is a huge undertaking, and it can be both exciting and stressful. Between organizing your finances, getting ready for the move, and preparing yourself for the new country's culture – the stress of an overseas move can become overwhelming. However, if you prepare in advance with a well-thought-out plan that takes into account each step of this process, the transition will be smoother!

Organize your finances

Before your overseas move, making sure your finances are in order before leaving is essential. This will help ensure that your transition is as smooth and stress-free as possible, even if you’re moving last minute.

You may have heard that living abroad can be cheaper than living at home. This is often true for Americans who move abroad for work or study purposes. However, there are some things to keep in mind when trying to avoid the stress of an overseas move:

  • Do I have enough money saved up? If so, how long will my savings last? If not, how much do I need to save before moving?
  • Am I ready for a new job search? Will my skills translate into other industries/fields, or am I going from one specialized field directly into another?
  • Have I researched what types of jobs are available locally?

Prepare for the move

Before you even start packing, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the move itself. What you’ll need to do is to prepare your home and belongings. If you're moving locally within the same country, there's no need to worry about customs or shipping arrangements. But if not, make sure that everything is ready before it leaves so that nothing gets lost along the way.

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Make sure to pack the right way. Your packing method should depend on what kind of items you have and how much space they take up. The most important thing is to be organized. You should plan your packing process so that when it comes time for unpacking in your new place, everything has its place without fail, so nothing gets misplaced during transit or while being stored temporarily at storage facilities (if applicable).

Get ready for the new country's culture

You can't expect to just walk into a new country and know everything about it. You'll probably be surprised by the culture, customs, language, and food of your new home. So, before you leave for your overseas move, try learning about these things:

  • The culture of your new country – you should find out what makes this place special. What are some things that people do differently here than in other places? Are there any traditions or celebrations that are unique to this area?
  • The local language - get some books on learning how to speak another language so that everyone will understand what you're saying when you arrive at your destination!
  • Local laws – for example, you should learn about pet laws before moving. This way, there won't be any surprises later down the line.

Find a new job or continue your old one while overseas

Find a new job or continue your old one overseas if you can. This is an ideal situation for many people because it means they can stay in their field and have something to do during their first few months in their new country. If this isn't possible and you must take time off from work after moving, try to find a job that is similar enough to what you did before so that the skills learned will still be relevant when returning home. Alternatively, consider starting over completely with something completely different!

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Find a place to live and get settled in your new home

When you're moving overseas, finding a place to live can be tricky. If possible, try to find somewhere within your first week of arriving in your new country. The best-case scenario would be to find a home before scheduling the moving date, especially if you’re moving from the USA to Europe. When it comes to moving boxes, a reliable team can handle it and do all the hard work for you. What you’ll need to do is look for companies that can help you relocate all of your belongings without any damage, loss, or delays.

Also, you should try to find housing somewhere close to work and school so that you don't have far to travel every day and can get settled in quickly. Ask people for recommendations for apartments or houses. If they are renting them out themselves, they may be able to tell you which areas are good and bad in terms of safety or value for money.

If there isn't anything available at the moment, but there is enough time before your move date (for example, if this is only four weeks away), then start looking early so that when something does become available, it won't feel rushed or last minute!

Having a plan will help you get through it more easily

As a major life change, moving overseas can be stressful. But there are ways to reduce the stress and make your move as smooth as possible:

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  • Acknowledge that stress is normal during any big transition, especially when moving across countries. It's okay if you feel overwhelmed – just take some time to breathe and remind yourself that everything will work out eventually!
  • Have a plan for how things should go - this can help keep you on track during the process of getting settled into a new place, whether it's making sure to pack everything properly, disassembling furniture, or keeping track of bills until they're paid off after the move (or both). If possible, try not to leave anything until the last minute. This will give extra time for other tasks like buying furniture or booking flights.


Moving overseas is a lot of work, but it can be done. The most important thing to remember is that the move itself will be stressful, but having a plan will help you get through it more easily. You can reduce the stress of an overseas move by organizing your finances and preparing for the move beforehand so that when you arrive in your new home country, there won't be any surprises waiting for you!

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