The pandemic has driven people to move to new locations more than any other global event. In fact, around the world, many families have been contemplating moving abroad as a result of the pandemic. It’s forced us to review our priorities to focus on the pursuit of happiness and health. Countries that have shown high discipline and targeted responses to the pandemic have become appealing. Or perhaps, you are moving to start a new career abroad. Regardless of the reason, while the pandemic is reducing travel and tourism, it’s also increasing the surge for overseas movers. 

Unfortunately, moving abroad is not easy at the best of times. In the middle of a global pandemic, it’s fair to say that you’ll need to work a little harder to keep stress to a minimum. But, there are ways to make the move pleasant and relaxing for the whole family. 

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Make final memories together

You are moving away to a new home. So, it’s important to record final memories of your life as a family inside your home. Why not chronicle the old routine together? This is where we used to take breakfast. This is where we stood to wave at the neighbor’s dog. And so on! There are a lot of happy memories to preserve inside your home and with your community. Take the time to make sure that these won’t be forgotten, even when you are far away. If it is safe to meet, you could ask friends, schoolmates, neighbors, and co-workers to come and join you one last time. If covid restrictions ban meetings, reach out to your community to share your contact data. 

Organize arrival with local contacts

Will a removal company store your belongings abroad until you are ready to move in? Will a local interior expert organize your future home ahead of your arrival? You need to make contacts with the people who can help you start a new life abroad. You could, for instance, reach out to a home decorator to get your future home painted and refreshed. Remote contractors can help you feel at home from Day One. Most are happy to communicate through video calls or emails before the move and help you organize the international money transfer if you are paying for their services. 

Plan a city tour to discover your new home

The first thing to do when you arrive in a new city is to visit. You are going to live there so it makes sense to get familiar with your surroundings. Schedule some tourist activities on your first week to explore. If there is a city bus, make sure to get on board to get a feel for the layout of the town. Join historic walking tours that will reveal the past of your new home city. 

Build in buffer time

Buffer time is all about keeping rush and stress at bay. It’s about making sure that you’re not packing your first days with a ton of activities. Allow yourself to sit down and relax. If you’re traveling through multiple time zones, you’ll need the buffer time to adjust to the new time. Even if the time difference is small, traveling is exhausting for the body. So don’t try to overdo it! 

Are you ready to move abroad? You’ve prepared your travel documents, removal contacts, and luggage. Now it’s time to focus on your emotional well-being. Take the time to make memories, prepare your new home, visit, and relax. 

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