How to move overseas without stressing
As you may know, I will be moving overseas soon. It isn’t the first time I’ve made the move away from home to another country, but I thought I’d do a little post about how to move overseas without stressing. This, of course, can be helpful for those who are moving cities, states etc, as any move a long distance from home can be nerve-wracking.
Let’s take a couple of steps back, and start my story from the beginning:
In mid-2015, I decided that after years of dreaming about moving to England I should action it and move overseas.
I went to a teaching agency called Point to Point Education and they helped me find a job in a small town in Essex called Clacton-on-Sea. It was an interesting experience. I only lasted 8 months in this small town, before moving to London to do supply teaching.
I am so glad I made that move to London, as I met one of my best friends there. I had looked at moving to York or Bath to do supply, but I chose London as it was a place where a lot of my NZ friends lived. When I moved overseas, I was like ‘no, I don’t want to just become friends with Kiwis, I want local friends too’. In Clacton, there were 4 other Kiwis – 2 were teaching at my school and another 2 at another school. Funny story, one of the other Kiwis was actually my student teacher in NZ. I mentioned about how I was moving overseas, and at that time there were too many teachers coming out of training in NZ, so she decided to look into teaching overseas too.
Despite how boring I found Clacton, I did actually have a nice 8 months living there. The pay was good and the rent was low. I was able to go on lots of weekend trips to Milan, Paris and Oslo.
Back to London:
I was in London for about 9 months, and I loved it. My best friend from NZ was living there at the time and we organised outings to the theatre, art galleries and gardens. We had a fab lead up to Christmas and managed to visit heaps of Christmas markets. It’s a time I look back on and think ‘if I could go back in time, I’d go to Christmas 2016’.
After Christmas, I flew home for my sister’s wedding. I was headhunted by a private school in Auckland, and I decided to accept it and come home. I flew back to my London home for a few months and then came back home.
Personally, I don’t really stress much – but stress comes out differently in everyone. Some people get visibly stressed – e.g. attitudes, sweaty, nervy. One way I identify I am stressed is when I can’t sleep. That is why I decided to write this guide on how to move overseas without stressing. Hopefully it is helpful!
How to move overseas without stressing:
Don’t overpack, but don’t underpack:
It’s difficult moving overseas, in my experience, because you don’t really know what you need to take until you get there. Luckily, google helped a lot. I knew it got cold in England, so I took all my cosy and warm clothes. Summer was another story. I left for the UK in December, so I didn’t get to have Summer for a long time.
Take things you know that you can wear for both Summer and Winter:
Finding things that are wearable in both seasons is something I do consistently anyway. I’ve never had a seperate Summer and Winter wardrobe.
Start taking things to charity shops, selling things online etc:
Something I am doing a lot now is going through my clothes. Anything I haven’t worn in a long time I am giving away, or selling online. Some things are hard to part with, but they are just cluttering up space at my parents, and I don’t want to come home and sort things out at a later date.
Go to the bank:
I know we can do most banking things online now, but for things like mortgage payments, savings accounts etc, I prefer to actually talk to someone face to face. It’s important to have your banking sorted before you go. I managed to get my mortgage on a lower interest rate, so the tenant’s rent covers my repayments. It’s one less thing to worry about when I’m overseas and I know that I won’t have to keep topping up my house account! I also set up a new savings account, so that when I send money home I can earn interest on it!
Go to the doctor:
I visit the travel doctor before I travel and get immunisations and medications sorted. I’ve got my immunisations done to last 3 years, and have also bought a travel pack of medication for things like tummy upsets!
Buy things you need:
I know it’s kind of ridiculous to buy more things to take with you, but these things are important! From travel accessories (portable chargers) to new shoes (so you don’t have to buy them when you arrive). I’ve bought new toiletries that I need – e.g. shampoo bars, face wash, etc. I swear by shampoo bars when travelling – they don’t count as a liquid, which means that if you travel with carry on, you’ll have no issues with them! Since I’m moving to a different climate, I need to make sure I have things I will need there. Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t want to have to do a whole lot of shopping when I get there.
Easier said than done, I know. I’m going through the stage where I’m having difficulty sleeping because I keep thinking of all the things I need to do before I leave. I have a to-do list next to my bed, so I write down things in the night as I think of them! After Thursday, I’m not going to relief teach for four weeks, just so I can get a break before I go – I also want to catch up with friends and family before I leave. I’m going to be gone for a year. I need to come home in July/August 2020 to get some follow-up immunisations, and it’s a good reason to come home (perks of having flights mostly paid for by my school!).
I know people say ‘don’t count down to thing’ or ‘don’t spend your life looking forward to things’. But, it is ok to get excited about going, and feel nervous too. It’s completely normal. I think it’s a really great way to further my career and get into the area I want to work in. My career goals have changed since I was 21 and entering the teaching world. I wanted to be a teacher with team leadership, but now I’m wanting a bit more than that! I am so excited about how much travelling I can do, hikes I can go on (I’m currently breaking in my new hiking boots), and hopefully some horse-rides. Not to mention, the new people I’ll meet, different cultures, languages and traditions.
Learn some of the language:
For those of you travelling somewhere where your native language isn’t the official language, try to learn some of the language of the country you are going to. I’ve got the hard task of trying to learn some Russian or Azerbaijani, but I want to be able to say ‘hello’, ‘where is the toilet’, ‘how do I get to…’ and some other useful phrases. Of course, I’ll then have to actually understand what their response is!
If you have moved overseas before, how do you move overseas without stressing? Or, how about moving to a different city or state?
Here is my post about my upcoming move to Azerbaijan!