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3 Tips for Paring Down Your Clutter Before an International Move

Posted by Janet Turner on Jun 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM
When you're preparing for a big move, it's always a good idea to take the opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter that you've held onto for too long. This is even more important when you're making an international move. The cost of shipping your possessions overseas can be high, so the more you can lighten the load, the more money you'll be able to save. Plus, it will be a lot easier to unpack and set up your new place if you're not tripping over things that you didn't need to bring in the first place. Following are some tips for reducing your clutter before you make an international move. Break It Down Looking around at an entire house full of ... Read More

Local or International School vs. Online Learning: Which Option is Best for Your Expat Children?

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jun 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM
One of the fantastic things about living abroad is the chance to show your child the world. Unlike their peers who spend their formative years living only in their homeland, your child will develop ties to and an understanding of both their home country and any other countries you live in while they're growing up. This can give them a unique perspective on the world. However, raising children as an expat is not without its challenges, and school is one of the bigger hurdles. Take a look at what you need to know about your options for schooling your expat child. Local Schools One option you have is to enroll your child in one of the local schools in ... Read More

Overcoming Move-Related Stress: 3 Important Steps

Posted by Alyssa Lopez on Jun 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Let's face it – moving is hard, whether you're transitioning to a home around the block or relocating halfway around the world. And when you're about to embark on a work-related international move, stresses can pile on top of other stresses, leaving you emotionally drained just when you need to be strongest. Instead of letting your next corporate relocation eat you alive, follow these three important steps to overcome move-related stress. Communication First Whether you have a family moving with you or you'll be joining colleagues who have already relocated, you're likely not in this alone. Making communication your primary focus during every stage of ... Read More

Expecting the Unexpected: Proactive Move-Related Problem Solving

Posted by Janet Turner on May 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM
Expecting the Unexpected: Proactive Move-Related Problem Solving Whether you've moved once before or a dozen times, each move can play out very differently from the last and lead to problems you've perhaps never before experienced. Use this guide to thoroughly assess your next move and root out problems before they arise. By expecting the unexpected, you can proactively ensure that your move carries on seamlessly. Costs, Costs and More Costs While your moving company will do its best to give accurate quotes, costs can often increase as the work involved with your relocation moves forward. Here are just a few areas where move costs can increase: ... Read More

How to Minimize Culture Shock When Relocating Internationally

Posted by Melissa Morr on May 13, 2016 2:37:47 PM
Culture shock is more than just feeling homesick for your old home and your old country. It's also the feeling of disorientation that comes from suddenly needing to find your way in an unfamiliar cultural environment. At times, you may wish that you had never moved, you may feel angry at your new environment for not being what you're used to, or you may feel disappointed in yourself for not finding a way to fit in more quickly. Following are some things that you can do to minimize the stress and discomfort of culture shock in your new home. Make Connections Loneliness will exacerbate feelings of disconnection and disorientation in your new ... Read More

Plan At least 3 Month Ahead With Our International Moving Checklist

Posted by Janet Turner on May 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM
There is a lot involved when thinking about how to move internationally. Here is a checklist to ease the stress and get you ready for the big move: 2-3 Months Prior Decide what to do with your current housing: rent out, sell, or terminate lease Obtain original copies of important documents, i.e., passports, driving license, birth certificate, wedding certificate, school report, work references and medical reports. Contact the Embassy for all permits required at destination, such as work permits, residency permits, etc. Give notice to your child’s school and request school reports. Check on the quarantine laws regarding taking pets to your new ... Read More

Relocating Abroad? – 5 Tips for Selecting an Approved Freight Forwarder

Posted by Jackie Dennis on May 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Moving overseas can be a pressure cooker. There are so many things to organize. Whether you are changing residences, shipped abroad for Military purposes, or opening a new corporate branch in another country, the considerations seem almost endless. One of the smartest things you can do is contact an approved freight forwarder. They are the experts in all things "international" and can help you to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Your choice of a household goods freight forwarder should be based on the following criteria: Longstanding reputation of handling personal and corporate effects Recognized certification Experience in the proper ... Read More

Tips to Keep Children/Pets Safe, Excited, and Involved When Moving Abroad

Posted by Lorena Brockman on May 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Lorena Brockman is a blogger for JennsBlahBlahBlog.com and has notable know-how in blogging, travel, fashion, and has been deemed "Greatest Auntie Ever" by many. To learn more about Lorena, visit her company's blog at JennsBlahBlahBlog.com. Moving is a big step and takes planning and action. Moving abroad can be even more challenging for families including children and pets. There are things that need to be taken care of before even stepping foot in another country. Being informed and ready for the move will make the transition easier, and there are ways to make it exciting for pets and children. Following are some tips to keep children and pets safe, ... Read More

Moving? 4 Apps Just For That

Posted by Melissa Morr on May 2, 2016 11:21:00 AM
There are apps for just about everything these days. If you have an iPhone, Smartphone, Android or other compatible devices, you can download literally thousands of apps for finding anything around the world. Of course, entertainment apps are hugely popular but those apps that make our lives easier and more organized can be invaluable. For the past number of decades, industries have been striving to establish a global presence. As such, employee relocations are increasing daily, not to mention retirees who are looking for a resort type lifestyle to leave the cold winters behind. Today, there are many apps that can help you plan your relocation from ... Read More

5 Steps for Seniors Planning to Spend Retirement in a New Country

Posted by Stephan Baldwin on Apr 27, 2016 1:03:00 PM
Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for www.AssistedLivingCenter.com, an online resource for senior living communities. Many people believe you have to be rich to live overseas, but did you know you could retire and live comfortably on around $1,000-$2,000 a month in over 100 countries?  Moving overseas is an exciting and surprisingly affordable way to spend retirement. It's very doable for those who wish to add some adventure to retirement, but there are several things you must plan for and consider. 5 Steps to Plan Your Overseas Move First, take the time to thoroughly investigate recommended countries. Useful resources include ... Read More

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