Pet Restrictions: Things to Know Before You Move Abroad

Kate  @awaywithkate

From fish to hamsters and from cats to dogs, we consider all members of our scaly, furry, and hairy house guests a part of the family. Moving overseas without our four-legged family members is not an option for many of us. Before boarding your plane (and before even booking the flight), it’s important to know the steps involved in pet relocation when moving overseas and to know which countries have pet restrictions.
Countries with Pet Restrictions

Moving overseas and leaving your pet behind is not an option. They are family after all! Here are three things to consider when preparing to move abroad with a pet:


Some countries are certainly easier than others when it comes to bringing bring dogs, cats and other animals across the border with you. These are the countries you can count on to have a relatively easy process:

  1. Austria
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Hungary (Fun Fact: dogs are welcome in most cafes and restaurants in Hungary.)
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Switzerland

I hope you like to write. If you plan on traveling to one of the below countries, be prepared to fill out lots, and lots, and lots of paperwork:

  1. Australia
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Jamaica (Not-so-fun Fact: Regardless of the animal or breed, only pets from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are allowed entry into Jamaica.)
  4. New Zealand
  5. Vanuatu

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The IKEA Global Price Index: To Ship Or Not To Ship

Kate  @awaywithkate

“Do I ship my stuff to my new home or do I sell it and replace it in my new country?” That is the question many expats are forced to ask when deciding what to pack (or not pack) when moving overseas.

For many people, this question comes down to cost: is it cheaper to ship everything or to sell everything and buy new furniture in your new destination? It’s helpful to frame this decision by answering the questions below.

Do you have expensive stuff?
If your home furnishings are expensive items, then you will get a fraction of that back if you sell. And worst of all you’ll still need to replace your items, regardless of which country you move to. If this sounds like your situation then it’s more likely that shipping makes sense.

Is there anything you’re emotionally attached to, such as family heirlooms?
You’ll need to think hard about selling, storing, or shipping your items. If you have a family heirloom then selling might not be a viable option.
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Expert Expat Spotlight: Gwen John from It Started In LA

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Making the decision to leave your home country is never an easy one. It almost always means leaving behind friends and family and that sense of comfort that you grew up under-appreciating. Living overseas is not for everyone but our Expert Expat, Gwen, from It Started In LA, and her husband, were two brave souls that decided to make the leap. Work took them across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles, California but they aren’t wasting any time exploring their new home. Lets hear what it is like to be an Australian expat living in Los Angeles.
Australian expat Gwen John- ItStartedInLaWhat initiated your move abroad?
My husband’s work.  Technically that makes me a “trailing spouse” but I was the one who encouraged him to accept the offer and go on an adventure together.
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Expert Expat Spotlight With A Mother Life

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Moving overseas is not always by choice. Sometimes, as in the case of Molley Mills from A Mother Life, it was her husband’s job that forced them to move far away from home. As an Australian expat living in New York City,  not only would the culture and lifestyle be different, but the weather was a big change as well!

Adjusting to a new city, whether across town, across the country or across the world, takes time. I always recommend giving it 6-12 months before throwing in the towel.

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2016 Top Places To Retire Abroad

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Our friends at International Living started 35 years ago with a mission to educate people about the possibilities of a life overseas. For much of their history they’ve been publishing a retirement index of the best locations to retire abroad. This annual index measures important categories in each country, such as the cost of Buying or Renting, Entertainment & Amenities, Healthcare, Climate, and Infrastructure, among others, to arrive at a list of recommendations. While this index is focused on retiring abroad, it could just as easily apply for people of any age looking for a change of lifestyle.

We’ve highlighted the top scoring country for each category below.

Buying & Renting
First place: Ecuador (Score of 100/100)
Retire abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador. Photo by Jonathan Hood.Cuenca, Ecuador. Photo by Jonathan Hood.
This category looks at the affordability of buying or renting a home. Rentals in the colonial city of Cuenca can be found for $500 and in the capital, Quito, you can find apartments for under $1,000.
Second place: Nicaragua (96/100)

Benefits & Discounts

First Place: Panama (100/100)
Retire abroad in Panama City, Panama. Photo by Peppo Palomino AragonPanama City, Panama. Photo by Peppo Palomino Aragon.
This category is applicable only to retiring abroad since it considers what discounts retirees are eligible for in each country. In Panama, significant discounts are available on entertainment, electricity, restaurants, airline tickets, and  healthcare…but only if you’re on the pensionado visa and getting a pension of at least $1,000 per month.
Second place: Ecuador (99/100 Read more…


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