SO YOU ARE MOVING OVERSEAS FOR THE LONG TERM. YOU HAVE THE FLIGHTS BOOKED, AND THE VISA SORTED. HOWEVER, THERE IS QUITE A BIT INVOLVED WHEN MOVING OVERSEAS.
WE TAKE A LOOK AT A FEW TIPS TO KEEP STRESS LEVELS DOWN!
MAKE A LIST
Make a full list of everything that needs to be done. Whether it is selling your stuff, to changing your address details to buying travel insurance. We live in the digital age, so there are heaps of great checklist apps that can sync with you and your partner. A great syncing checklist app for your smart device and computer is wanderlust. Check it out here!
GET TRAVEL INSURANCE
The saying is indeed true, “If you can’t afford travel insurance you can’t afford to travel”. Travel insurance is definitely a good idea as you can secure any financial risk, or unexpected sickness or injury in the process of the moving transition. If you are moving to pursue a job opportunity, then it is worth checking with them to see if they are covering insurance, and if they are, to what level.
GET THE PAPERWORK OUT OF THE WAY
This one is an annoying one. You will need to contact every person or company that sends you important mail and let them know you are moving – this includes banks, super-funds, insurance providers, and the tax office. From here you have two options: you can either get mail redirected to your address overseas which cost anywhere from $57 to $560, or get it redirected within Australia to either a friend or family member for $40. If you are enrolled to vote, you will need to register yourself as an overseas elector with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
GET A MEDICAL CHECKUP
The best thing you can do to yourself is to get a medical checkup before leaving the country. You will find that most medical insurances won’t cover non-emergency medical appointments once overseas. So get every concern out of the way. And if you take medication ask for a letter of authorisation from your doctor. Don’t forget to see the dentist too!
SORT OUT FINANCES
This is more than exchanging your currency. It is worth visiting your accountant to explain all the technical little tax implications that affect you during a long-term stay. You will want to ask about your super, the possibility of filing an early tax return and questions regarding how the tax system may work in the country you are moving to.
This one is an essential. Cultural etiquette is important when moving overseas. Depending on the country you may be wanting to learn a new language, master the local greeting or gesture or understand social norms for that country. Kwintessential provide fantastic free cultural advice to most countries.
SELL, STORE OR SHIP?
If you’re planning to move overseas forever, consider whether it makes sense to sell or ship your belongings. For non-essentials you may decide to sell. But for high-value or personally valuable items, shipping can be much more accessible than you think. If you ship your car in a container, you can fill the spare space with your other valuable items. Alternatively for those only planning on going for a year or so, affordable short-term storage may be the best option.
This one is almost guaranteed to hurt. Saying goodbye is probably the hardest part to moving. It is also an opportunity to respect your friends and say goodbye to the people you love. Organise a ‘Going Away’ and catch up once last time. You may even end up walking away with more tips and tricks to moving than before!