Moving Tips & Resources
The Single Female Professional’s Guide to Moving Overseas
You want to take the next step in your career and really make a name for yourself. Moving abroad is the ideal option. Single female professionals are increasingly making international moves to enhance their earning capabilities, take advantage of new prospects and many other reasons. Moving without a spouse or children can make the whole process a lot simpler, but it can also be a little daunting. Here is a quick guide on what you should know.
If you are moving to a country where English is not the first language, take action now. You can take foreign language classes and learn the basics before you move, but you should also make sure that there will be someone (or more than one person) in your new location to help continue your education.
Customs and Culture
While many countries are similar to the U.S. in terms of customs and cultures, some are worlds apart. Do a bit of research before stepping onto the plane so you know what to expect in your new home away from home. This can help you avoid social gaffes, as well as understand how you will be expected to conduct yourself in public. Generally, this is not a problem in Westernized countries like those of Europe, but the farther abroad you go, the more you will find the customs and culture vary.
Do not let the question of banking wait until the last minute. You need to know from the outset where you will be doing your banking, how your pay will be deposited and more. Chances are very good that you will have either no or very limited access to your U.S.-based bank account, so plan accordingly.
Things to Do
Before you move, make sure you have an idea of what there is to see and do in the city where you will be living, as well as the surrounding area. This can help with culture shock and give you something to do while you are building your new circle of friends.
It is vital that you work with a moving company with significant experience handling international moves. The company should offer door-to-door service and provide you with a detailed estimate for the move. If you are relocating for your current employer, they should handle the logistics of the move, freeing you up to prepare for this exciting new chapter in your life.