WHEN IT COMES TO TRAVELLING OR RELOCATING OVERSEAS, IT CAN BE EASY TO FEEL OVERWHELMED ABOUT HOW TO PREPARE.
This feeling can be compounded by the thought of being underprepared and nervous about what life will be like in your new home. Luckily for you, we’re experts at moving and are here to help!
In this article, we take a look six key ways to prepare for your move overseas:
- Using checklists
- How to move your belongings
- Organising your finances
- Purchasing travel insurance
- Changing your mailing address
- Registering with your embassy
Read on to learn more…
1. MAKE CHECKLISTS
Before you begin packing your things and turning your house upside down, it’s a good idea to make a checklist of all of the things you need to do. You might like to have a checklist for errands you need to run, like getting vaccinations or new passport photos, and another one for children-specific tasks, like enrolling your kids in a new school or picking out destination-appropriate clothing. Whatever the case, lists will help you to stay organised and keep on track!
2. PACK AND SHIP YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Whether you plan on shipping everything you own to your new country or just a few select items, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing it the right way. There is nothing worse than spending months preparing for a move, only to realise that once you arrive all of your furniture is damaged or broken.
We always recommend moving your items with a professional. At Willship, your goods will be safely packed and easily trackable in your very own shipping container. It’s also more affordable than many think to ship your car, and you can even include personal belongings at the same time!
3. ORGANISE YOUR FINANCES
If you’re planning to move overseas permanently, it’s essential to get your finances in order before you leave. You should look into opening a local bank account in your new country and do some research on the tax implications of moving overseas. You may also like to speak with your accountant about your superannuation, investments, and business accounts.
4. PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE
As the saying goes, “if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel”. Travel insurance is an essential part of your ticket overseas. Without it, you are placing yourself at high risk of financial loss (especially due to medical bills and related aid). Accidents and illnesses are unavoidable; get the right insurance policy today, so that you can travel with ease.
5. CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS
You may think that postponing some of your boring administrative travel tasks to a later date is a good idea. However, procrastinating on your paperwork can lead to unnecessary overdue bills, outstanding fines, and unhappy businesses. Before you get on your plane, you should get in touch with anyone who sends you important mail (e.g. your bank, superannuation fund, insurance provider, tax office, and utility providers) and notify them of your change in address.
6. REGISTER WITH YOUR EMBASSY
Whatever your reason for moving overseas, it’s important to be properly prepared for your new environment and all of the related risks that come with it (e.g. tsunamis, earthquakes, terror attacks, etc.). We recommend reading up on the Australian Government’s current travel advice articles, and registering your details with smarttraveller.gov.au before you depart. By registering your details with Smart Traveller, you will make it a lot easier for the department of foreign affairs to get in contact with you if there is ever an emergency.
Are you shipping your car or personal belongings overseas? Willship have over 25 years experience in international shipping. Chat to one of our friendly staff members today to find out how we could help you reach your destination sooner!