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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.

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Welcome to the fifth week of our series: How to Move Abroad: An Expat Survival Guide!

Last week, we talked about Packing for a Move Abroad and downloaded our Moving Abroad Packing list. This week we’ll help you tackle your to-do list so you can enjoy your move free of stress. Here’s our list of what to do before you move abroad, from a couple that did it.

Quit Your Job

Even if you hate your current job, always quit gracefully. If you ever move back home you don’t want this to hurt your job prospects. Give plenty of notice and a written letter. Take the time to sit down with your boss, thank them for everything, and explain that you’re following your dream. Any boss worth your time will be happy for you. And if they’re not, then you’re leaving anyway.

You’re going to get a lot of questions from coworkers when they hear why you’re leaving. Moving abroad is a dream for a lot of people, and now you’re one of the lucky few to make it a reality!

Tell Friends & Family

This is the best part! Call your close friends and family and tell the rest through social media. Don’t forget to throw a going away party, it can be a great way to help get rid of any last minute stuff.

Don't forget your going away party before you move abroad! This and more tips at Caffeine and Roses



Cancel Services & Subscriptions

  • Health insurance
  • Car insurance
  • Home or renter’s insurance
  • Utilities
  • Cell phone plan
  • Internet
  • Gym
  • Shopping clubs, like Costco (check if there’s one where you’re moving!)
  • Magazine / Newspaper subscriptions
  • Online streaming subscriptions, like Hulu (Netflix works in some countries abroad, so check first!)
  • Any other memberships or services

Paperwork

Make sure you have the right kind of visa. You may need a long-term visa, a work visa, or a visitor visa depending on where you’re going.
You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 3 months after your arrival. I recommend making sure it’s good for at least your first year abroad to make your life easier.

Banking

I recommend keeping a US bank account open, especially if you’re going to make student loan payments or are expecting final paychecks.

Make sure you have a credit card with no international transaction fees or some emergency cash while you wait for your first paycheck. You don’t want to be surprised by an unexpected expense. My laptop’s hard drive crashed our first month in Taiwan! You have to expect a surprise or two.

Be sure to find a good international credit card before you move abroad! This and more tips at Caffeine and Roses

Move Out

If you’re renting, let your landlord know when you will move out. If you own your home, put it on the market ASAP. If you’re going to have time in between your last day at home and your departure, make arrangements for a place to stay. Don’t forget to set up mail forwarding to a family member for any important documents.

Find a Place to Stay

Have a game plan for when you arrive in your new country. If you already have a job, check if they offer housing location assistance or offer a homestay while you find your new place. If not, start looking into finding an apartment right away. Reserve a hotel or hostel for your first few days and make this your first priority after your arrival.

Start looking for your new apartment before you move abroad! This and more tips at Caffeine and Roses

Join us next week when How to Move Abroad: An Expat Survival Guide talks about What to Do Your First Month Living Abroad.

What are you going to cross off your list first? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest so you never miss an update!

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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. 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.

25 thoughts on “What to Do Before You Move Abroad”

  1. This is a great list. It seems that there is always something that we forget when moving, so your checklist is very helpful. Also, great advice on doing your research on travel visas and having a passport that is valid for at least a year. Those are headaches you don’t want to have to deal with in addition to the move.

  2. All such great tips and points. I’m seriously hoping to make a major location change within a year and as much research as I’m doing, some of these things might have slipped me. Pinning this for future reference!

  3. Although we have no plans of moving abroad at the moment, it is always to good to know these things should the need to do so might arise. Personally, canceling services and subscriptions should definitely be high on anybody’s list to ensure no unpaid bills are left. You might never know if you’re coming back and need to re-apply! 🙂

    1. Glad you enjoyed Marvi! I also recommend having a local friend or family member help round up the last few bills or paychecks after you leave

  4. Yes, yes and yes! I have moved abroad twice and couldn’t agree more with this list! As I say to anyone, moving abroad is no rocket science, just a bit of planning and organisation, that’s all!

  5. Thanks for giving heads up for people who are planning to move abroad. In my case I was just lucky to have everything ready prior to my transfer in another country.

  6. Hmm.. Everything on the checklist done! The hardest part to do before I moved abroad was saying goodbye right after my going away party. I wanted to maintain my composure but tears just suddenly sneaked out of my eyes. LOL

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