Tips & tricks to know before moving abroad

I know how difficult it can be to move abroad and packed everything in one suitcase (or a few of them)
Living abroad is an opportunity of reinventing yourself, create a new life and follow your goals but sometimes, it can bring difficulties that you do not face in your own country.

Some of this little problems could be solved by previous tips from expats and travelers that have been faced already this type of situation.

Therefore, I have collected the best tips & tricks on how to overcome difficulties living abroad that will help you before your big jump to a new city or country.

You will never be completely at home again because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.


Victoria (A Traveling Translator)

“When I go abroad, I make sure I know how the healthcare system works. I’ve lived in Canada, Ecuador, and the United States and this is always important to know, regardless of whether you are sick or not. Always have coverage!

It always helped to contact local people or expats who have lived in the area you will be living in to find out how their experiences have been with the healthcare system. You never know what could happen and want to make sure you’ll be covered wherever you are!”

Jessica, (Unearth the Voyage)

“One of the best ways to transition into living abroad is to join Facebook expat groups or just Facebook groups in the city you’re moving to.
It can help before you go because you can reach out to people and ask them any questions you have before you get there or once you are there it can make it easier to make friends and feel less lonely!”

Petro, living in Australia (WorldMission196)

“I made sure to give both my parents a power of attorney. A few times now that bit of paper has been a saving grace for inevitable admin.”

Jenny, living in Bangalore (India) de (Travelynn Family)

“Make your home, homely. Even if you’re just living overseas short-term. It helps you feel more settled, rather than temporary, and provides a comforting sanctuary on those crazy days..”

Erin & Ryan, living in Shanghai, China (Down Bubble)

“We have been living in Shanghai for three months now (first time living abroad as expats!) our advice would be to research the apps specific to your new home country/city.
Many of us cannot live without our smartphones these days and it can be surprising just how disconcerting and alienating it can feel to find one of your go-to apps no longer useful.

This is particularly true for us in China of course with the Great Firewall, but can be applied the world over for example directories like Yelp are great in the US but not used as commonly in Australia.”

Hélène, living in London, UK (Flight to somewhere)

“There will be certain food products that you are used to from home that won’t be easily available from the supermarket in you new country, so do your research on niche food stores available.

Having moved to London from Estonia, I am relying on small independent Polish and Lithuanian shops in my area for good quality rye bread, buckwheat, curd cheese and certain types of ham.”

Selma (Sam and Vega)

“I have lived in 6 different countries in 5 years. I always make sure I know some phrases in the local language to get ahead and be able to help myself outside the home, make friends at work and be open mind getting out of your comfort zone.”

Yukti, living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Travel with me 24×7)

” I am living in Dubai for many years and initially I was home-sick. But to overcome this I got involved with local culture and treat this as my new experience.
I lived the way they live and now I am very well adjusted. It is like as season changes and initially, you take 2 to 3 days to adjust with chilly or hot weathers, you can also adapt easily.

See always positive things of a new place. Don’t see what you miss as an expat you can enjoy new things in life with sweet memories of your homeland. ”

Rob (Stop Having a Boring Life)

“Take it easy and remember to sometimes take a deep breath. Things don’t work the same as they do back home because well, you’re not home and this is all part of the package.”


Do you have any other tips & tricks to share? Did you find it useful and you will put any of this in practice?


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