What to expect when moving overseas

You have decided to move internationally, but you are not sure about what to expect once you have arrived to your new location. It can sometimes be pretty difficult to imagine what life will look like in a completely different country. But, don’t worry, there are certain things that can make this adjustment process much easier. For example, you can start preparing by learning a bit more about the country you will be moving to. Some really important information that you should know before you have moved would be their official language, certain DOs and DON’Ts, customs, traditions, etc. If you would like to learn about more things that you should expect after you have moved overseas, continue reading this blog post!

The relocation process is a bit more complicated than usual:

It is obvious that international relocation is not the same as moving to another state within the US. There is so much more to be planned when it comes to international relocation! First of all, you need to decide on the exact moving service that you will need for your relocation to go as smooth as possible. Don’t worry, you won’t need to handle all of these things on your own – if you hire a professional moving company, such as My International Movers, our international moving specialists will help you out with every step of the way! Next, we will outline all of the international duties and any responsibilities you might have when it comes to entering a new country. We will also provide you with an accurate estimate, which is completely free! Further on, logistics of the relocation will be planned, and all the agents and carriers will be closely supervised. We will also make sure that all of the paperwork necessary for your move is accurate and sent in on time!

The packing process is more complicated and takes longer:

    The next stage in your relocation is the actual packing process. Once you’re done with all the planning and logistics of your move, you can move onto the final stage before transportation – the packing process! Depending on your desired method of transportation (We offer both air freight and ocean freight!), you will decide how will you pack your belongings. For example, if traveling by air, you should make sure that your belongings are very tightly packaged, wrapped and sealed! It is normal for things to move around when they’re on a plane, so make sure to appropriately pack all of your stuff in order to avoid any damage or breaking!


After the packing phase has finished, it is time to transport all of your stuff. It is usually the best and the safest option to hire someone to do this for you, and that’s what most people do. Now, let’s move on to what you can expect after you have arrived into your new house or apartment!

A new language, people and surroundings:

Obviously, when you’re moving internationally, chances are that you won’t be living in a country where English is the first language anymore. However, if you prefer speaking English, that’s totally fine as well. English is considered a global language and therefore many people will know how to communicate with you using English! However, there are certain parts of the world where people prefer not to speak English, or they simply don’t learn it! Such countries include:

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • China
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
  • Nepal
  • Bhutan
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Iraq

Don’t be discouraged by this! Eventually, you will have to learn their language and there will not be a language barrier anymore. Did you know that it takes people approximately 6 months to a year to learn a new language perfectly when they’re exposed to it constantly? This means that you will learn a new language in virtually no time! All you have to do is simply get out there and try to socialize! And don’t worry – you will definitely find at least someone who speaks English well!


Another thing to remember is that you’re moving to a new country where people may be a bit different than in the United States. Every country has their own different customs, traditions, etc. People are different too, and we don’t mean that in a bad way. Let’s take Sweden as an example. People in Sweden are said to be much different than people from the United States. Did you know that Swedish people don’t consider a pause in the conversation as awkward silence? To many Americans, that’s hard to imagine. But, to a Swede, it is just a pleasant pause and nothing to be awkward about. Another example is the fact that Swedish people like to have their own personal space. If you ever get on a bus somewhere in Sweden, and you see a person sitting alone, it is best if you sit someone else other than with them! You may think that Swedish people are not friendly – but in reality, it is just what they’re used to and what’s considered normal in their country!


The last important thing that you should keep in mind is that your surroundings will be different. In other words, each country has a different set of rules and laws that apply to their citizens and people who live there. Once you have entered a new country, it is expected of you that you behave according to their rules and regulations. You can learn more about the country where you will be moving to by using the Internet! Another thing to remember is that transportation may function differently than in the United States. Did you know that there are countries in which people drive on their left side? Such countries are:

  • Australia
  • Caribbean Islands
  • Channel Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Isle of Man
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • UK

And finally, you should research and learn more about jobs and education in the country where you’ll be moving. Education systems are different is pretty much any country! In some countries, secondary education lasts for only 2 years, while in others it lasts for 4 years. There might be some differences that you should be familiar with, especially if you have children which need to go to school!