Adjusting To Overseas Relocation: Advice From International Relocation Services

You and your family are about to embark on an adventure. It helps to think of it that way if your company is sending you abroad. International relocation services can help with many of the logistics, and because it’s their business, they have some good advice about your move.

Wrapping your head around it
A move like this can seem daunting. If you’re the employee being transferred, you may have a different perspective about it than the rest of your family. While it’s quite possible you will have HR assisting you through the process, your family may feel they are just “along for the ride” with little support.

Try approaching the situation with a strong dose of realism, but don’t lose sight of the positive things that can come with living abroad. helped consolidate a list of preparations. Follow these tips to help you move through the process with fewer concerns.

One of the first concerns is likely financial. Due to cost-cutting measures, many companies aren’t offering the huge incentive packages for moving abroad that they used to. Consider the cost of living in your new destination and adjust your expectations accordingly.

Consider real-estate options
If you are currently renting, have a contingency in place in the event your move is delayed. Hold off on canceling your lease until the latest possible moment. If you own, and your house is sold, have a temporary place lined up in the event of any changes.

When searching for a home overseas, your international relocation services may be able to help you, either directly, or with a referral to an agent.

Understand Immigration Tax
Determine which country should pay you, which has the lowest tax, and which is your employer. An accountant can help with this.

We suggest making a calendar of tasks leading up to the move, and be sure to include the following:

  •    Gather all important documents. You need to have tax, medical, and education records handy. Keep them in a safe place.
  •    Establish a bank account in your destination country before arriving.
  •    Solicit recommendations for health care providers, if possible.
  •    Assess the electrical supply in your new home; you may need to get transformers or adapters.

Health and Education Needs
Community or government websites can be helpful for gathering information about accredited schools. Once you are there, remember, kids will need time to adjust, so talk with someone at the school for assistance.
For your health:

  •    Take out international health insurance.
  •    Learn about vaccination requirements.
  •    Locate hospitals and other health care facilities in your destination country.
  •    Renew prescriptions.

Understand the New Culture
Do some research about the culture in your new location. It may be hard to adapt to a new way of doing things, but resist the urge to criticize the culture. Instead, try to learn how to live within it, and appreciate the differences. You may want to look for a cross-cultural program or seminar about adapting.

Look Ahead
Any move can be stressful, but the more prepared you are, the more smoothly it will go. Remember, try to think of it as an adventure and get the whole family engaged. Practice patience, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

There are sites that can help you to share, or even vent about your new situation. Some can help with advice from others in the same situation. For news, blogs and other information from expats abroad, check out

Did you just find out you will be moving abroad? Contact us and we can help you get your plan in place and make the move go seamlessly.

For information about relocation issues, here are some of our previous posts that may help:
How to Pack For Overseas Living
Help Relieve The Stress Of a Move

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