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  • Moving abroad: Tips to make the move less stressful

    Moving abroad is a big lifestyle change. It can also be a stressful time that brings with it both challenging moments and exciting experiences.

    Make sure you get all your necessary documents organised and ready in advance.

    What is important is that throughout the process, you plan, prepare and practise self-care. Here are five tips to remember to make the move less stressful for you:


    When your moving date and destination are confirmed, start researching. Research the cultures, traditions, celebrations, and daily life of the place you’re moving to.

    It could also be helpful to think about your life at home and consider which elements you want to bring with you into your new adventure. If you find that exercising helps keep stress at bay, look into classes, groups, or gyms that you could join.


    When it comes to packing, make sure you keep comforting items that you will appreciate on the journey close to hand.

    A favourite playlist, book, or blanket can make all the difference during a particularly tough moment.

    Medical appointments

    Be sure you check in with your doctor and any other health specialists before you move. Seek their advice regarding your individual situation; they may be able to offer guidance for how you can prepare yourself for the upcoming change.

    Consider booking an introductory appointment with a doctor or health specialist when you arrive at your new destination too.

    Documentation preparation

    On the theme of being prepared, make sure you get all your necessary documents organised and ready in advance.

    Organise your medical records, translate them if necessary, and make sure you have them to hand, safely packed in your hand luggage when you travel.

    Destination information

    It is important that you spend time understanding and absorbing the change that you are about to undertake. Find out more about your destination; learning about your new home will help diminish the potential culture shock you will experience upon arrival and make it easier for you to set realistic expectations.

    It could also be worth learning some key phrases so you feel in control when you first arrive.

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