1. It is cheaper to move overseas!
Now this is not always the case, but it was in all three our international moves. When you move overseas for a job offer, the company usually pays for your move over. They might even throw in your flights. We even brought our car over the last time! With a local move, especially if you’re just moving down the road, you usually need to fund your move yourself. And moving costs locally aren’t that much cheaper than moving overseas. So moving overseas can be much cheaper than moving locally!
2. You don’t have to pack yourself. Actually you are not allowed to.
On all three our international moves we weren’t allowed to pack ourselves. The moving company wants to make sure you don’t pack any hazardous materials like gas bottles or things that you need to be taxed on, like alcohol. So on moving day a team takes over your house and packs all your stuff for you which might including a sausage to be identified six weeks later from the stench in a certain Tupperware container. Not packing yourself has its advantages (you don’t have to do it) and disadvantages, like the movers steal or break or pack stuff they shouldn’t. But still I would say overall it’s a plus!
3. You sort stuff out
When you move overseas, especially to a place like the UK where you end up living in a shoebox you know you have to sort your stuff out and throw half of your life away. This is a good thing because you don’t need all that junk! And you can make a bit of money from selling loads of stuff. And don’t worry because even though you spent six weeks clearing out stuff you will still have too much to fit into your new house. When moving locally of course you tend to just move all the junk from the one place to the next.
4. You can go on an overseas holiday on the way there
Because if your flights are included in your relocation costs you would be silly not to.Personally I don’t enjoy flying that much so on our last move from Australia to the UK we had mini holidays in both Singapore and Dubai. It’s something we would have never experienced otherwise. I’m sure my kids treasure their near death experience dune bashing in Dubai. And the halva for breakfast, yum!
5. You enjoy a six month honeymoon period
If you move locally usually it is quite similar to where you left off so a bit boring. But when you move overseas everything is new and exciting. Where you live, the schools, the public transport, the people! And the food! And nature is so beautiful! It takes you at least six months to calm down and realize it’s just the same sh#t in a different place. At least you had fun!
6. People try to be nice to you
They might be nice to you if you move locally too but I’ve found that no one really makes that much of a fuss. But move overseas when you are pregnant or have you children and you have a winner. Baby clothes, car seats, toys, bedding and books make their appearance and you get to know your new neighbours very quickly.
7. You get to meet new people and make friends fast
Certainly here in the UK it has been the case because there are such a mix of people from all over the world and everyone needs friends. Playgroups and primary schools are the best bet especially in the younger years where parents have to wait outside of school for the kids to come out. My best friends were made in the school playground.
8. You get to experience amazing things
In Australia it was fantastic beaches and zoos and parks. Here in the UK we love visiting museums, castles and villages and going for walks and just appreciating the history of everything. I just can’t get over living in a town with a castle which dates from the 900’s!
9. Your kids experience amazing learning opportunities
Here in the UK there are plenty of opportunities for kids to travel overseas with their school. They get to play in the snow. Visit ancient castles & museums right on our doorstep. Yes it is hard and there will be tears because you ruined their lives and they are behind because they moved up two grades but one day they will thank you. I hope.
10. You get to go on holiday and it’s different
When you live in the same place you tend to go to the same places on holiday. And even if you don’t when you stay in the same country it is all very similar to what you are used to. But going on holiday in your new country is a wonderful, exciting experience. And if you get to travel to Europe it’s even better.
So there you have it – take the chance and move overseas. The world is your oyster!