15 GIFs to Perfectly Describe All the Emotions of Moving Abroad

Adam Vagley @goodmigrations

Moving to a new country is a quick way to experience the full range of human emotion: Excitement, anxiety, sadness…. For those who are on the path to becoming an expat, here’s a fun post on what you can expect to go through. And for all the veteran expats, just think back to when you went through this experience and how good it feels to look back and laugh.

1. You’re moving to a new country?! Super exciting!!

2. You start to panic: Do I have the money for this? You check your bank account repeatedly.

3. The panic continues. OMG there are so many details to take care of! #Overwhelming.
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A Comedy of Errors: What NOT To Do When Moving Abroad

Admin  @GoodMigrations

I have become a bit too confident about my international moves recently. Having relocated overseas 5 times in the past 3 years, I thought I knew the tricks and could make it happen whilst I’m on the road. How wrong was I! I was setting off on a Europe-wide tour, which would allow boyfriend and I, only 3 days to pack, clean and leave. When I put this ambitious plan together, I didn’t know we would be sending our belongings on their international journey without a destination address. Here is my personal expat story along with tips and tricks to help you.

Packing for the 6-week journey across Europe

I left home for 6 weeks just before moving internationally to attend a funeral in Finland, a wedding in Romania, an art exhibition opening in the UK, followed by house hunting in Spain. The weather in Malta, Turkey, and Spain were blazing hot, whereas Finland and the UK were the polar opposite. You can’t wear a floral dress for a funeral or a black dress for a wedding. What on earth do you pack for a trip like this? Anything and everything, it turned out.
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Expat in San Francisco- Bright Lights of America

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Katherine Fenech, of Bright Lights of America, is an Australian living the expat life in San Francisco. Her new life in San Francisco is a far cry from the life she had in Sydney. However, two cities could not have more similarities. Both are cities surrounded by water, both have an incredibly high cost of living where rent is a huge expense and both offer great food options. San Francisco gets a bad weather rap but let’s hear more from Katherine.

What initiated your move abroad?
I’ve always been a traveler – whether it be visiting my family in Malta, spending a sneaky weekend in Melbourne, or traipsing around Europe. My first expat experience was in London, which I adored, so when a job came up in San Francisco I knew that the idea of moving across the world shouldn’t hold me back. I jumped at the chance because I hadn’t had the chance to properly explore the US yet and I knew this was the perfect opportunity to get started!
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Pet Restrictions: Things to Know Before You Move Abroad

Kate  @goodmigrations

Moving pets overseas can sound intimidating, but it’s a necessity! 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: Read more…

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

Kate  @goodmigrations

“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. Read more…

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