Its been awhile since my last post, because I have been busy moving all the way across the world from Auckland, New Zealand, to London! For a number of reasons it was a particularly crazy time leading up to the move, but we made it! Here is how I got organized…
In the interest of keeping a stable income going, you may want to organise a job before moving. It is becoming more and more common to interview by skype or phone these days, which is exactly what I did in order to secure a job prior to booking a flight. So consider updating your Linkedin profile, joining up with a recruitment agency, looking at job advertisements and following up any potential contacts you may have well in advance.
Work permits/visas can take months to arrange, so look into what is required and apply well in advance. Also, if applicable, check if there are any particular professional qualification/registration requirements you need to fulfil to work in the country you are moving to.
Once you have accepted a job, liaise with the HR department to see what paperwork they need to get you all signed up, put on the payroll and set up with computer access etc to avoid delays in starting work and getting paid once you arrive.
Check the baggage allowance and cost of adding additional bags before booking…(we unwittingly booked with an airline that only allowed 23kg per person, whereas some other airlines allow 43kg).
When selecting travel dates, allow enough time after arrival to pick up your work visa, get a phone simcard/plan, set up a bank account, find somewhere to live, set up utilities, set up house etc before you have to start work.
Remember to arrange any other special requirements to make your flight as comfortable as possible (dietary requirements, bassinet seat etc). The flight from Auckland to London long! About 36 hours to travel what is pretty much halfway around the world and we were lucky to be able to book front-row seats with extra leg room.
What to take
If you are not moving permanently, it may not be cost-effective to take everything you own over and then bring it back again. Most friends and colleagues we spoke to who had moved to another country for a couple of years suggested taking only personal items and then renting a furnished place or buying new household items after arriving.
Lists, lists, lists…
Depending on what else is going on in your life, there may be a LOT to organise! Avoid the stress of having to remember what needs doing by keeping “To-Do” lists and adding to them whenever you think of something. I had 7 different to-do lists (two have been adapted below) all written on a giant piece of paper so I could cross things off as they got done!
A Checklist of Things to do to Pack-Up House may include…
-finding a storage unit (Doing a little shopping around pays off; storage can be really expensive. We did the maths and figured out that at quite a few of places, the price over 2 years would be higher than the value of our belongings)
-sell or donate unwanted items (this will help to keep storage costs down by allowing you to hire a smaller unit)
-finish any renovations/fix-ups to get your house ready for rent/sale if applicable
-organise the rental/sale of your house if applicable
-buy boxes and packing tape
-pack things up for storage and for the move (Label the boxes to make things easier to find later on)
-hire a trailer to transport boxes to storage
A Checklist of Contacts to Notify may include…
-utilities providers; gas, electricity, water, internet
-family and friends
-any TV or magazine subscriptions
The flight over –relax, indulge and enjoy!
You did it! Everything is packed you and you have made it to the airport and checked in your bulging bags! It’s going to be a bit busy getting set up again on the other end, so, after check-in it’s time to “check-out” for a bit and enjoy! Have a much-deserved cup of coffee and sweet treat in the airport, do some duty-free shopping, buy a book… Then enjoy the in-flight service and the chance to sit back, watch movies and relax.
I love Lisa Eldriges’s “Long Haul Beauty Regime” video for inspiration on how to make your flight a relaxing spa-like experience (you can find the link here). (Though truth be told I have never managed to actually do anything like it, and more often than not end up scrambling onto the plane exhausted, sleep-deprived and capable of little more than watching movies like a zombie/sleeping like a mummy…but it is a lovely idea.)
Bon Voyage and safe travels!