The Ultimate Moving Abroad Checklist

Moving abroad packing suitcases

So you’ve decided to move abroad? Congratulations! You’re in for an amazing experience that you’ll never forget for the rest of your life. Even though you’re preparing for the journey of a lifetime, it’s still going to be time-consuming, stressful, and you’ll have a million different things to do before you even begin packing your beautiful suitcases for this amazing adventure.

With that said, please take a look at this comprehensive list of things you need to consider before moving abroad. Take what applies to you and get those specific tasks or events squared away before moving on to the next leg of your life’s journey. First, make Plan For A Trip, then start making it happen.

Moving abroad trip

Taking Care of the Paperwork
  • Make sure you have a valid passport
  • A place to live
  • Buy tickets for your flight and acquire transportation to the airport
  • Find tenants if you’re renting/subletting your apartment or house
  • Get your visa in order
  • Talk to a doctor about potential vaccinations
  • Create a physical and virtual copy of your important documents
  • Get health insurance in your ex-pat country
  • Let your bank, credit card companies, etc. know about your change of address
  • Let your bank know about your move abroad
  • Set up an Internet bank account
  • Call the power company to let them know about the move
  • Get copies of your medical and dental records
  • Sell anything you no longer need
  • Research utility, phone, and TV companies in your ex-pat country

Prepare to Make a Cultural Shift
  • Research local healthcare
  • Have a complete understanding of local currency
  • Have enough local currency to get by for a short while
  • Understand basic phrases and word pronunciations in the local language
  • Research cultural differences and etiquette (include business etiquette)
  • Use Google maps to learn the location of local schools, doctors, shops, etc.

Personal Checklist
  • Make the big announcement to family members, friends, and coworkers
  • Say goodbye to your loved ones
  • Put in a change of address notice with the post office
  • Collect the contact details of those closest to you
  • Put together a repatriation plan
  • Get a complete checkup from your doctor
  • Put together a moving plan

Packing Your Belongings
  • Stock up on prescription medication if unavailable in your host country
  • Keep your essential items in your suitcase because your shipped belonging might take time to arrive
  • Find an international moving company or storage space
  • Purchase packing materials
  • Make a list of everything you’ve packed, take photos, and determine the value of everything on your list
  • Determine if there are any travel restrictions in your host country
  • Buy a new compatible phone for your host country
  • Clean out your refrigerator and defrost it
  • Clean your house
  • Take meter readings, lock the windows and doors, make sure the stove is turned off on your last day

Moving Abroad with Children and Pets
  • Get appropriate transfer documents from your children’s school
  • Determine the new school(s) for your children
  • Pick appropriate children’s toys to bring along on the journey
  • Give your children pictures, games, and books that will teach them about their new country
  • Make sure your pet’s breed is legal in your new country
  • Discover if there are any pet-related quarantine rules
  • Determine if your pet needs vaccinations
  • Make arrangements to have your pet transported to your new country

  • Determine if you plan to move to your host country permanently
  • If not, decide on a return date to go home
  • Make plans for family emergencies
  • Determine if you’ll stay in your new country even if your situation changes
  • Get appropriate medical insurance when moving abroad

If you’ve definitely decided to move abroad, you should begin the planning phase at least 90 days in advance. This way you’ll give yourself enough time to complete this checklist before moving to your host country.

Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

15 Travel Quotes That Will Inspire You To Travel The World

The world is a book, and those who don't travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

Travel while you are young and able. Don't worry about the money, just make it work.
Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.
- Unknown

Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.
- Unknown

 Traveling - It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
- Ibn Battuta

Travel Quote by George A. Moore
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
- George A. Moore

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do.
- Mark Twain

Travel Quotes with Photos
We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.
- Katie Thurmes

Travel Quote by Rachel Wolchin
If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.
- Rachel Wolchin

Travel Quote by Dalai Lama
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- Dalai Lama

A Good Traveler Has No Fixed Plans
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Travel Quote by Asian Proverb
It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.
- Asian Proverb

Best Travel Quotes Online
We are never guaranteed old age, so enjoy life’s experiences now!
- Unknown

Travel Quote by Benjamin
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Travel Quote by Shirley
The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
- Shirley

Travel Quote by Emile
A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.
- Emile Ganest

Dubai Miracle Garden: A Must Visit Place in Dubai, UAE

Plan For a Trip to Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden is made up of millions of stunning flowers in the middle of the desert. The garden was launched on valentine's day in 2013. It's a must visit garden in Dubai!

Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden located in Dubailand, Dubai. With its vibrant displays, the garden comprises of more than 100 million flowers planted. Its main attraction is an extremely beautiful flower wall of 1 kilometer circumference that has made the garden into the list of candidates competing for a Guinness Record for the longest flower wall in the world.

Did You Know: Dubai Miracle Garden has been awarded a Guinness World Record for building the largest floral installation built in the shape of an Emirates A380 plane. It is covered in more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants.

The floral display in the garden changes with the season, so each time you plan a visit to the garden, you will definitely get a brand new experience.

Plan a Trip to Dubai Miracle Garden

Best time to visit Dubai Miracle Garden:

The Dubai Miracle Garden operate from October to April. But the best time to visit the garden is between November to February while it is still winter in UAE. The garden remains closed from June to September due to high temperatures.

If you haven’t yet been to Dubai Miracle Garden, you should. You can also check my Dubai Travel Guide if you are planning a trip to Dubai sooner or late.

Travel Photos: Mahé Island, Seychelles

We all love going on vacation and they are good for health too. There's nothing better than a vacation on an island with some beautiful beaches around. And Seychelles is one of the most beautiful archipelago of islands on earth. The best part of enjoying a Seychelles vacation is to do absolutely nothing. Yes, you heard me right. It is a great place to relax on white sandy beaches and enjoy the view.

We planned a trip to Seychelles, a few months back and spent our 3 days vacation on Mahé island in the Seychelles. Mahé is the largest island of Seychelles in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. With white-sand beaches, blue sky, crystal clear water, dense forests, and dramatic mountains, this place is a real tropical paradise.

Honestly, there cannot be anything better than a perfect island vacation. Here are 12 stunning travel photos we took in our trip that will definitely make you want to visit Mahé:
Glacis Beach on Mahé Island, Seychelles
Glacis Beach on Mahé Island, Seychelles
Cloudy Mountain View from Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort
Cloudy Mountain View from Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort
A Perfect Sunset at Beau Vallon Beach
A Perfect Sunset at Beau Vallon Beach
Granite Rocks on Glacis Beach on Mahé Island
Typical Granite Rocks on Glacis Blittle each on Mahé
Lazy Turtles in a Small Turtle Farm in Beau Vallon, Mahé Island
Lazy Turtles in a Small Turtle Farm in Beau Vallon, Mahé Island
Travel to Anse Takamaka Beach, Mahé Island
Anse Takamaka Beach, Mahé Island
Beautiful Sunset from Beau Vallon on Mahé Island
Beautiful Sunset from our Resort on Mahé Island
Bel Ombre Beach on Mahé Island, Seychelles
Bel Ombre Beach on Mahé Island, Seychelles
Dense Cloudy Mountain View from Beau Vallon, Seychelles
Dense Forest Mountain View from Beau Vallon, Seychelles
A Great View of Dense Clouds, Mountain & Water from a Boat in Seychelles
A Great View of Dense Clouds, Mountain & Water from a Boat in Seychelles
Port Glaud Beach Holidays on Mahé Island, Seychelles
Port Glaud Beach on Mahé Island, Seychelles
Panorama View of Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé Island, Seychelles
Panorama View of Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé Island, Seychelles

Travel Photos: Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Travel Photos - Thailand
Thailand's capital, Bangkok is the most visited city in the world in 2016. There are many attractions and appealing places to visit in Bangkok. No matter how many times you visit Bangkok, there's always something new to discover.

Let's explore the beauty of Bangkok with these spectacular travel photos:

Bangkok City View, Thailand
Bangkok City View, Thailand
Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok
Wat Arun Temple, Bangkok
The Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Wat Phra Kaew or 'The Temple of the Emerald Buddha'
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok
Long Tail Thai Boat, Bangkok
Bangkok River Cruise
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, Bangkok
Nature Beauty Captured in Floating Market, Bangkok
Beauty of Nature Captured in Floating Market, Bangkok
Nature Wonders in Floating Market, Bangkok
Nature Wonders in Floating Market, Bangkok
Giraffes in the Safari World, Bangkok
Perfect Picture of Giraffes - Safari World, Bangkok
Dolphin Show in the Safari World, Bangkok
Dolphin Show - Safari World, Bangkok
Tiger - Safari World, Bangkok
Tiger - Safari World, Bangkok
Bangkok cannot be summed up in a few words. Bangkok is a place that you must experience and feel. Visit Bangkok with an open heart and an open mind, you will definitely love this city.

Dubai Travel Guide

Plan for a Trip to Dubai

Planning to explore Dubai?

First, let's introduce you to Dubai. There are a lot of people confused with Dubai as a country or as the capital of the UAE. Neither of it is true. Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). And Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE.

Dubai is a fantastic glamorous city where tourism to the city is growing really fast. Check out our exclusive travel advice and some budget tips to make your Dubai trip safe and exciting:

Best time to visit Dubai

Winter (November to March) is the ideal time to explore Dubai when temperatures are in the low 30°Cs.

Best & Cheap Transport

Forget taxis and go for the Metro/Bus instead. Buy a Nol card and top it up ( Click Dubai Metro Guide to know more about Dubai transport services.
But here's no better way to see Dubai than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off Big Bus where you can enjoy the panoramic views of Dubai including the top sightseeing like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek, Jumeirah Beach Park and more. 

Cheapest Market in Dubai

Head to the Creek to shop like it was 100 years ago in the traditional souks. Buy gold, souvenirs, or spices such as saffron and cinnamon on the Deira side, while over on the Bur Dubai bank, snap up Pashminas and Arabian style slippers. Don't forget to bargain hard. Take an Abra (a small Arabic boat) to get across the Creek for Dhs1 (per person).

Must Visit Places in Dubai

Travel to Burj Khalifa Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is one of the Dubai's main attractions and the world’s tallest building. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance to ensure you get the best time.
You will reach At The Top of Burj Khalifa (124th & 125th floor) from ground floor in around a minute. Thanks to one of the world’s fastest elevators in Burj Khalifa that runs with a speed of 10 metres per second.

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is one of the world's largest shopping malls. Also, the most visited shopping and entertainment destination. Don't forget to visit the world’s largest sweet shop, "Candylicious" inside the Dubai Mall.

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The aquarium, located in The Dubai Mall, showcases more than 300 species of marine animals, including sharks and rays. The Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. Visit The Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and experience the wonders of fascinating insight into the world's most mysterious marine life.

Dubai Fountain

Experience the Dubai Fountain's daily performances, a dance show of water reaching up to 140 m high, accompanied by syncing lights and music. This dancing fountain show is located outside The Dubai Mall.
Check out the show timings here - The Dubai Fountain
(NOTE: You can visit all above spots in one day. Just start your day visiting the Burj Khalifa in the morning, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in afternoon, & then explore The Dubai Mall. Don't forget to enjoy your evening with the beautiful fountain show, The Dubai Fountain which is next to The Dubai Mall and Burj Khal)

Burj Al Arab (The World's Only 7 Star Hotel)

Burj Al Arab is one of the most luxurious, and 3rd tallest hotel in the world. It is the only hotel in the world that is said to have seven stars. The hotel's distinctive sail-shaped silhouette is recognized as the symbol of Dubai.

Mall of the Emirates

The Mall of the Emirates is Dubai’s second largest shopping complex after The Dubai Mall. Apart from shopping, the mall also offers Ski Dubai (the first indoor ski slope in the region), multi-screen VOX Cinemas, Magic Planet arcade and family entertainment center, Peekaboo play area and the Dubai Community Theatre & Art Centre.

Global Village

Each year from October to April, you can visit the ever-popular Global Village. Global Village features 32 pavilions representing more than 75 countries offering visitors a true international shopping and dining experience. You can also enjoy the live shows, attractive fireworks and roadshows in Global Village. International stars perform every Friday there. The Fantasy Island Funfair offers rides for both children and adults.

Desert Safari

Go dune-bashing, try your hand at sand-skiing or quad-biking & camel riding, then settle down over a shisha to enjoy the traditional belly dancing.

Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah is the world's largest man-made island located on the coast of Dubai. It looks like a stylish palm tree from above. The Palm's famous landmark is the colossal Atlantis The Palm resort, with its water park, private beach, and Dolphin Bay. You can enjoy the Palm view from the sea in a yacht or hop aboard the Palm Monorail that runs to the Atlantis resort on the Palm’s outer crescent.

Miracle Garden

Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden. Its main attraction is an extremely beautiful flower wall of 1 kilometer circumference that has made the garden into the list of candidates competing for a Guinness Record for the longest flower wall in the world.

Dubai Garden Glow & Dinosaur Park

Dubai Garden Glow is a family entertainment destination with a first unique Glow Theme Park in the Middle East. Dubai Garden Glow offers 2 theme parks in one location. Dubai Garden Glow features hundreds of sparkling displays created by artists from around the world using millions of colorful lights.
Dubai Garden Glow also features the biggest dinosaur park. The inspiring & 100 life-size animatronic dinosaur models are fenced-in, in true Jurassic Park style.

Dubai Museum

Unbeatable introduction to the city’s history and traditional culture, housed in the quaint old Al Fahidi Fort.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque is Dubai’s most beautiful mosque and also (uniquely) open to visitors six days a week. (Please note that women need to wear a scarf while visiting)

Dubai Water Canal

Dubai Water Canal is shaping into one of the most attractive tourist spot. Enjoy a walk along the canal with family and friends.

Best Beaches in Dubai

Travel to Kite Beach in Dubai

Kite Beach

It’s a lovely and peaceful beach with views of the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa as well. Enjoy the activities from kite surfing and paddle boarding to running along the 14 km green cushioned running track.

Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

JBR Beach is one of the Dubai's most popular spots and quite the crowded one. The beach park is an ideal picnic spot for families with desert garden, children’s playground, cafes, barbecue areas, lifeguard service and sports facilities.

Al Mamzar Beach Park

Beach is massive and beautiful making it one of the most desirable beaches to visit. It is very popular with tourists and residents. It has 5 beaches in coves around the coast of the park.

Discover the best in Dubai and enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Seychelles Travel Guide

Travel to Seychelles

Planning a trip to Seychelles?

Here are some interesting facts and must known tips you need to know before planning a trip to Seychelles:
  • Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean and voted as one of the best island destinations. The reflection of sunrise on the white sand, turquoise water, beautiful nature, wildlife and fiery sunsets make everything surreal, like a dream come true.
  • There are no visa requirements for entering the Seychelles, but you will need a valid passport, along with an onward or return flight ticket, and proof of accommodation, including contact details.
  • Coolest months in Seychelles are July and August. The southeast trade winds blow regularly from May to November, and this is the most pleasant time of the year in Seychelles.
  • Language is not an issue in Seychelles as French and English are the official languages along with Seychellois.
  • The Seychelles is a safe country to visit when it comes to tropical diseases, with the World Health Organization stating there’s no risk of contracting malaria, cholera and yellow fever. So relax and enjoy your holidays in Seychelles.
  • Seychelles is a destination for honeymooners, celebrities, and high-end tourists. This is not a budget destination but you can save money on this island through various means.
    • Book a travel package including resort/hotel + free WiFi + free Breakfast.
    • Buy basic groceries like food stuff and snacks from supermarkets. Supermarket is available at Eden Plaza and also in Victoria city.
    • Bikes are the best way to get around the islands. Or you can rent a small car that is only available on the main islands of Mahe and Praslin. And if you want to save money, take the bus to get around the Seychelles.
  • The best place to shop is Victoria's city center.
  • Don't forget to charge your camera batteries as you don't wanna miss anything to capture in it.
  • Driving in Seychelles is on the left side of the road. The roads on Mahé are low-traffic, mountainous, narrow roads, so caution is generally advised. The roads usually have steep drops or low walls on the side instead of curbs, which can make driving on the narrow roads stressful, especially if driving a large vehicle.
  • The beaches are not crowded and untouched with crystal clear warm water, so it’s always a great place to go swimming or snorkeling. The hike from Beau Vallon, along the coastline to Anse Major, is awesome.
  • If you love sports, then be ready to get sporty. There's a plenty to do on the beaches. You can spend your time playing golf, badminton, tennis, squash, biking, and hiking. You can rent sports equipment as well.
  • The food in Seychelles is delicious, and you will find a variety of food there. If you are a vegetarian, do not worry about food. There are great options for vegetarians too.
  • Seychelles is one of the best tourist places in the world to see magnificent sea creatures like whale sharks if you are there between October-November.
  • If you are going to lay down on the sand, you can expect the ants or other small bugs biting you. So, cross-check you place before laying down. Or better to stay on your beach chair.
  • If you enjoy a good beer, you must try the local Seybrew beer.
  • After Mahe island, Praslin is the most visited island in Seychelles.
  • When in Seychelles, don't forget to pose with the love nut, 'Coco de Mer'. The Coco de Mer is the heaviest and the largest nut in the world. The Coco de Mer's fame comes from the fact that it's shaped like a female pelvis. And it's only found in the Seychelles.
Are you ready to plan your trip to Seychelles now? Hopefully, that answer is yes. If it's not, you might be interested in reading about my trip to the beautiful Seychelles.