So… it’s been just under three weeks now that we’ve been in the UK. This post is going to give some tips for moving overseas, but first; here’s a quick snapshot of where we are at:
– We’ve been in Cambridge 19 days now.
– I’ve been working for two weeks.
– Phoebe had her first shift at work on Saturday.
– Went to our first church service last Sunday.
– We move into our own place this weekend.
It’s been a big few weeks, definitely more intense and taxing than I naively anticipated. Despite this, it’s really been an amazing experience. If you’re thinking about moving overseas, here’s a list I hope you’ll find helpful.
How to move your entire life overseas.
1. Save. Save as much as you can, for as long as you can. Get out your Excel spreadsheet and crunch some numbers. Visas, flights, travel insurance, first month of accommodation, bond for your new home… all of these added up to around $7,500 for us, and this is before buying furniture for our new apartment. Being financially prepared means you’re not adding unnecessary stress to an already intense situation.
2. Cull. This one is particularly challenging, as you will not be able to take everything with you. We sorted our life into five piles; bring now, bring later, leave in Australia, sell and give away. A helpful filter when sorting is “What do I want to spend money on overseas?” For example, would you prefer to buy new linen or new clothes? If you don’t want to spend money on new bedding, than bring your sheets, and buy some clothes when you arrive.
3. Gain control. The sooner you feel in control, the sooner you will feel at home. Phone numbers, bank accounts, warm clothes and somewhere to live are all play an essential role in helping you feel like you are living a normal life again.
4. Breathe, trust God. Things will not always go according to plan, well at least not according to yours. Take a moment to be reminded that God is in control.
5. Ask questions. Where should I live? Where’s the best lunch around here? How about coffee? People actually enjoy sharing their favourite places, so don’t be afraid to play the ‘dumb foreigner’ card when you’re new to the country.
That’s about it for now! We’ll be getting stuck into the move this weekend, and hopefully establishing a bit more of a normal life.
In other, exciting news, we’ve booked our first holiday in April – we’re going to France! Can’t wait to explore, take some photos and share it on the blog here.