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How to Move Abroad: An Expat Survival Guide

How to Move Abroad: An Expat Survival Guide

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Moving abroad is an incredibly personal choice to make for yourself (and your partner/family/fur baby/etc). It is a major life decision and there is no one-size-fits-all guide that will apply to everyone’s unique situation. Trust me, I spent hours and hours pouring over every corner of the internet trying to find it to prepare for our move. But, there are many ways to help make your transition abroad easier and help you focus on asking the right questions.

Is Moving Abroad Right for You?

We made the decision very quickly – in less than 2 weeks. My husband and I were unhappy with our current jobs – overworked, overstressed, and underpaid. We both love to travel and loved the idea of moving abroad. Matt had always wanted to move to Japan and I dreamed of teaching abroad in Asia when I was in college. We made up our minds and decided to teach English.

But before we could pack our bags, we had to be absolutely sure this decision was right for us. Click Here to find The 8 Ways to Know if Moving Abroad is Right for You.

8 Ways to Know If Moving Abroad is Right for You



Choosing a Destination

Deciding what country and city will be best for you can be a process. When Matt and I first started discussing locations, we considered at least half a dozen countries. We even “decided” on two different counties before finally committing to Taiwan.

If you’re moving abroad because of a career opportunity, your destination has likely already been chosen for you. Maybe you decided to move abroad because you love a particular country but haven’t decided what city will be the best fit. Or maybe you’re still throwing darts at a map trying to decide. We’ll help you pick that perfect new home to make sure you love your new life abroad. For anyone still debating what country or city will be the best fit for them, Click Here to find How to Choose Your Perfect City Abroad

Find a Job

If you’re moving because you already found a new job, congratulations! This part is already done for you. For the rest of us, it can be the hardest part and the last key to finally purchasing those one-way tickets. Whether you’re interested in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or want to learn what other options may be available, we’ve got you covered. For anyone still figuring out how they’re going to support themselves while living or traveling abroad, Click Here to find How to Find a Job Abroad

Packing for Your Move

You made it this far – you chose what country will be your new home and found a job! You click “Confirm Purchase” on that plane ticket and jump onto your couch, triumphant! (Just me?) Then you look around at your apartment/house/condo/treehouse and realize you need to figure out what to do with all… this.

Deep breaths, we have your back. We’ll talk about what to bring, what to leave behind, and what to do with the rest. If you’re still wondering how you’re going to pack everything up, Click Here to find Packing for a Move Abroad (And Free Packing List!)

Before You Go

You have it all figured out (more or less) and now it’s time to tell everyone! Your sister asks if your boss knows, your mom wants to know who you’re staying with, your dad asks if you have your passport and visa, your grandma asks if you need traveler’s checks (spoiler: no), and your friends are asking how you afford all this.

We’ll go over all those last minute details, so you can focus on planning your big going away party! With so much to do and so much excitement, your to-do list can feel a mile long. Let us help you tackle it. Click Here for What to Do Before You Move Abroad.

From going away parties to quitting your job, your to-do list before you move abroad is a mile long. We've got your final pre-departure checklist to make sure you don't forget anything. Nothing interrupts your first month abroad like realizing you're still paying for Hulu! Read the checklist on Caffeine and Roses.

Your First Month Abroad

You’ve landed in your new home! You did your research and you know exactly what to expect to get through customs and immigration. Now to secure a place to live, transportation, and maybe even a job. But first – a nap, jet lag is real and she is a cruel mistress.

We’ll help you through that immediate to do list and culture shock so you can start enjoying your new home. Go find that one food you’ve been dreaming of ever since you booked that flight and get lost in your new neighborhood. Your first month abroad can be overwhelming. You’re in a new country, possibly searching for a place to live or even a job. Let us help you tackle your first month abroad so you can get started enjoying your new life! Click Here for What to Do Your First Month Living Abroad.

Don’t rush to do everything right away when you move abroad. Jet lag is real and she is a cruel mistress. Take a day to let your body adjust and then tackle everything in order of importance. Once you’ve got the most important stuff taken care of, you can rest easy and start having fun living the expat life. We’ll help you tackle what to do your first month living abroad so you can start enjoying your new life. Read all of our tips now on Caffeine and Roses

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Moving abroad is an incredibly personal choice to make for yourself and there is no one-size-fits-all guide that will apply to everyone’s unique situation. Trust me, I spent hours and hours pouring over every corner of the internet trying to find it to prepare for our move. But, there are many ways to help make your transition abroad easier. Let Caffeine and Roses help you focus on asking the right questions. Moving abroad is an incredibly personal choice to make for yourself and there is no one-size-fits-all guide that will apply to everyone’s unique situation. Trust me, I spent hours and hours pouring over every corner of the internet trying to find it to prepare for our move. But, there are many ways to help make your transition abroad easier. Let Caffeine and Roses help you focus on asking the right questions.

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