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Avoiding 3 Common International Shipping Errors

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 18, 2016 4:00:00 PM
When you're making an international move, planning how to ship your items from one country to another is not only a matter of extreme importance, it's also one of the more complicated things that you have to do. If you make a mistake, you could find yourself facing any number of different problems. Following are some common international shipping errors so you can take precautions to ensure that they don't happen to you. Inadequate Insurance                       You won't always be there to prevent an accident from occurring. One of the realities of shipping is that at some point, your items will be in a situation that you can't control. They may be ... Read More

What You Need to Know About Clearing Customs

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM
 When planning an international move, clearing customs is only one of many things that you have to worry about. However, if you've never had to go through customs before, and especially if you've never had to bring a whole household's worth of items through customs, then it may be something that's especially worrisome for you. To add to that, customs regulations vary by country, so even if you've traveled or moved internationally before, anything that you learned previously may not apply if you're moving to a different country than one you've previously traveled to. Luckily, your freight forwarder has experience navigating customs and will be able to ... Read More

Becoming a Londoner: What You Need to do to Settle in

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Accepting a corporate relocation offer to work in a London-based branch of your company can seem like a dream come true. You'll get the incredible experience of living and working abroad, but in a city where you already speak the local language. You won't have any trouble reading the signs or conversing with people. How hard could it be to fit in? If this is what you're thinking, you're partially right -- London is a terrific city to live in, and many expats love it once they've had some time to adjust. However, that adjustment period may not be as easy as you might expect. Following are a few things that you need to know to make the transition easier ... Read More

2 Items that Require Special Attention for Shipment

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM
One of the things that makes long-distance moving such a complex chore is the fact that different items that you may need to move have to be handled in different ways. It's not just a question of making sure that your fragile items are all packed correctly - there are restrictions and requirements that affect whether you can ship certain household items to a new state or country and how you have to go about it. The last thing that you want is to find out too late that you can't bring something to your new home because you didn't make the proper preparations for shipping it. The following are two common items you may have around your home that have ... Read More

Marina Villatoro of TravelExperta.com Answers Questions About Raising a Family as an Expat

Posted by Marina Kuperman Villatoro on Jun 23, 2016 11:30:00 AM
Marina Kuperman Villatoro is the editor and founder of the family travel website, Travel Experta. She hopes to inspire families to travel and move internationally. Here, she offers her insight on moving abroad with your family and helping everyone adjust. Read on: Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background and interest in travel? I've been traveling since I was 3 months old. Cut to my adult life, I took off with a backpack traveling south from NYC. In Guatemala I met my husband and we moved to Costa Rica almost 15 years ago. We lived there for six years and moved to Guatemala where we have been living since. My first son was born ... Read More

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

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

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

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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