What You Need to Know About Moving Pets Overseas

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

When moving overseas many of us instantly think about where we will move, what we will ship, and how everything will get there. It is not uncommon for us to forget about one very important family member… our pets. Whether you are relocating abroad with a cat or dog or some other furry (or feathery) friend, our pets are family members and moving pets overseas requires research and careful consideration.

Let’s dive right in.

Read more…

How to Move Abroad on a Budget (10 Moving Hacks)

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

The cost of moving to a new country can be expensive endeavor…particularly as you get older and accumulate nice things. When you are young and single, it’s easy to sell all your stuff, pack a few suitcases, and couch surf until you get on your feet.

However, for many (most?) of us this is not a realistic scenario. Most of the time we do need or want to take the things we own with us when we move abroad. After all, some have sentimental value, others are just too costly to replace in your new destination, and sometimes your couch just fits you perfectly and you’d never give it up.

One thing is consistent across movers, however: whether moving internationally for work, retirement, or some other reason, cost (and budget) is usually top of mind. Shipping your stuff is typically the biggest cost of an international move unless you’re dealing with lawyers to help with a visa.

The good news is there are ways to keep your moving costs down. Here are our tips for moving on a budget so that you can keep some extra cash in your pocket:

Tips for moving on a budget
Read more…

Extreme Cost of Living Around the World (Infographic)

Admin  @GoodMigrations

It’s no surprise that different cities around the world have different costs of living. After all, global metros like New York, London, and Singapore are constantly making “Most Expensive Places” lists while digital nomads and retirees jump ship for more affordable places in South America and Asia. 

But what can be surprising is just how different those costs of living can be and why the spread is so wide. For example, the most expensive housing can be found in Luanda, Angola thanks to a shortage of accommodations for the expats working in the oil industry. You can expect to pay an average of $3,500 per month for a roof over your head there. Meanwhile, about 4% of that will get you a place in Karachi, Pakistan. 

Interested in a pint after work? Alcohol isn’t permitted in the United Arab Emirates cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi unless you’re a non-Muslim and have a license. A cold one will cost you $11.45 and $9.77, respectively. But if that’s too rich then head north to Ukraine, where you’ll pay less than $1. 

To see other examples of extreme cost of living around the world, check out our infographic below. We cover the five most expensive and least expensive places on the planet and show you where basic items like housing, coffee, beer, a fast food meal, and a pair of jeans are outrageously pricey or super cheap.

Read more…

Expat Life

Where expats can celebrate Thanksgiving abroad

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

One of the toughest parts of being an expat is when holidays in your home country aren’t celebrated in your new country. For Americans abroad, the biggest missed holiday is usually Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Dinner for Expats
During our own time abroad in Australia, the first Thanksgiving was a real challenge. Finding a big turkey to feed your American family and friends? Good luck. Pumpkin pie? Well, that’s not a thing Down Under. This led to some hilarious attempts to pull a dinner together – we may have called every baker and butcher in Sydney.

And even if you can find the supplies, many ovens just aren’t big enough to fit a large bird. Sometimes it’s just easier to have someone else do the cooking.

We’ve compiled a list of places in major expat destinations – Amsterdam, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, and London – where you can get yourself a proper Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s. Just make sure you book soon since Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away — some restaurants are already filling up!

Bon appetit!

Read more…

Activities Expat Life

Before You Move….Declutter!

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

“Parting is such sweet sorrow,” as the Bard wrote in Romeo & Juliet. Unless, of course, it’s decluttering all the unwanted items from your home before you move.

This pre-move purge is an important step in the moving process to help cut down on your costs. Unfortunately, we often see clients neglecting to do this before they start to get moving quotes.  Lots of people come to us requesting moving quotes, but they haven’t even thought about what they actually want to take and what they want to get rid of.

This is a mistake — you should declutter before you begin requesting moving quotes. Why? Well, international movers need to have a realistic estimate of how much stuff you are shipping in order to create an accurate moving quote.

Many expats get frustrated when a quote comes back higher than expected (moving abroad ain’t cheap), so they have to cut out all the unnecessary items and begin the quote process again. So why not make it easier on the moving company and yourself by taking the time to decide what you really want to take overseas before contacting a moving company?

Today, our homes are packed full of things shoved away in boxes we haven’t seen or touched in years. We keep clothes for years without wearing them and even hold on to unused and outdated radios, televisions, iPod, and old smartphones.

Read more…

© 2017 GoodMigrations LLC. All rights reserved.

The GoodMigrations logo and the Cost/Time/Condition metric are service marks of GoodMigrations LLC. Terms  Privacy Policy