Moving abroad: Get organised!

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Published last year

Whether you are planning to move abroad and start a whole new life alone, or move with your family, we would like to congratulate you on your new beginning. However, moving abroad and everything that comes with it is not an easy fit to handle all by yourself.

Sabah Ismail

Sabah Ismail

Sabah is a freelance writer, artist and business woman originally hailing from Manchester, England and now living in Mauritius with her husband and two children. She is passionate about everything she does and strongly lives by the saying “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.

Making the decision to leave the UK and go to Mauritius was huge for my husband and me, but the actual move was an even more tremendous task — especially with a toddler in tow and me being six months pregnant with our second child at the time. We honestly could not have done it without the help of family and friends, and all the information that is so readily available online.

Shipping your belongings

One of the biggest concerns when moving abroad is how to bring your belongings to your new home. We were completely new to this and had so many unanswered questions: How to ship your stuff abroad? Which shipping company to use? Are shipping companies trustworthy? How to be cost-effective when moving abroad? Websites and expat forums are a lifesaver. Among forum discussions, you can discover threads where people recommend the best courier companies to use based on their first-hand experience. Before committing to a company ensure that they haven't left any questions pending and you feel comfortable with their way of working. It's crucial to give the correct details (volume of goods, address, etc.) to receive accurate information about the type of transport, expected date of receipt, and estimated cost.

Packing your stuff

Packing comes with a dilemma — what to take and what to leave behind? Our advice would be to rally a team of family and friends and get a system in order. One in charge of the bubble wrap, another of packing the boxes, someone else on sealing and labeling the boxes, and a fourth person making an inventory. Next thing, get all the manpower to help you transfer your packed belongings to the van, which will go to the drop-off point. Remember to do all this in a well-organised manner, and allow yourself time to take breaks, laugh, and remind yourself where this is going — to a new life full of surprises and prospects. Rushing around and panicking at the very last minute is not good for the mind, body and soul. It's important to create beautiful last memories from your place before you close the doors behind you.

Saying goodbye

In the weeks before heading to your life-changing adventure, your will go through intense emotions, ups (for all the new things around the corner) and downs (for those that stay behind and the familiarity you have with places and people). Spend some quality time with your friends and family by doing the things you like before you separate, and say a proper goodbye — a farewell party is always a good way to celebrate friendships and relationships. Once you have settled into your new country, these memories of love and care will support you through the hard times and put a big smile on your face.

Keep calm and look forward excitedly to the brand new adventure lying just before you. You have made the decision to move abroad for a reason, and once you get there, hopefully, another million reasons for why this is the best choice you ever made will arise. We wish you good luck!