Expat's Manual

Planning a move abroad is a significant undertaking that requires a great deal of thoughtful consideration. Once you have finalized a move overseas and started to put everything in place that you will need for a new life abroad, you should momentarily divert your attention away from the exciting new life that awaits and concentrate on your current life in the present. There will be a significant amount of organizational and administrative tasks that you will need to carry out in order to fully tie up any existing commitments before you start afresh elsewhere. The last thing you want to do is to arrive in a new country with a large number of issues outstanding from your previous life at home. For this reason, planning your relocation is crucial.

This section is aimed at helping you to identify some of the things you will need to consider when planning a move abroad. Through providing you with high-level details of some of the actions you will need to take prior to your move, we hope that we can assist your transition to be as stress free as possible. Some of the areas we will cover are as follows:

Banking, money & taxes: Appropriate management of your finances will be critical to ensuring that you can enjoy your new life abroad without leaving a mess behind you. This section contains information about a number of areas you should consider when planning a move abroad.

House: If you own your own property you will need to make a decision as to whether you should sell your house or rent it out. A number of key factors may impact such a decision and we hope that this section can assist you to do what’s best for you and your family.

Language: Learning the language of your destination country may assist your transition. We provide some hints and taking language requirements into consideration when planning your move abroad.

Family: How can you best prepare your family for the move abroad? We provide some ideas and advice for planning your relocation and ensuring that all members of your family are fully prepared for what awaits them.

Finally we will provide a 90-day moving checklist template which lists all the key activities you should complete in the run up to your move overseas. If you follow each step you can be assured that your transition will be smooth and your new life abroad will get off to the best possible start. The planner is designed to compliment our relocation guides and when used together these resources will guide you seamlessly through the process of planning a move abroad.

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