Moving to another country can present a plethora of opportunities, whether for work, school or simply to explore a new culture.

Overseas migration is popular among Australians, with 302,000 people moving away from the country from September 2018 to September 2019, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australia is also an alluring destination for others from around the world who wish to get to know the unique qualities of the country. More than 534,000 people moved to Australia last year.

While deciding to live in another country is exciting, there's a lot of preparation that goes into such a big move. Here are four things to consider before you begin packing your bags.

1. Prepare your paperwork

Before you travel, you'll need to ensure you have all the appropriate documents, including:

  • Passport.
  • Visa.
  • International Driver's Permit

Strive to get these documents in order as soon as possible. Some countries require that your passport be valid for at least 6 months prior to arrival, according to Travel + Leisure. Additionally, it's best to obtain your international driver's permit while you're still in your home country, according to Australian Automobile Association. Check your new country's driving requirements, as you may not need an IDP. If you are moving to Australia from abroad, you'll be required to get an Australian drivers license after living in the country for three months.

2. Research your destination

Finding out as much as you can about your new country will help with your transition. Some of the most important aspects you should be aware of include:

Culture and language

If you're moving to a country that speaks a different language, study up before you go. At the very least, learn some basic phrases so you can ask directions or for help if needed.

You'll likely experience some culture shock no matter how prepared you are. Learning about cultural norms, celebrations and social etiquette will help you explore the region more confidently, and avoid making faux pas when communicating with people for the first time there.

Health care resources

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging in much of the world, knowing the healthcare options at your disposal is more essential than ever. Make sure you understand what resources will be available to you in the locale you're moving to. Figure out if you'll need to join a new health insurance plan or scheme before you move as well.

Depending on the country, you may need to get immunisations before you travel. Prior to your departure, make an appointment with your regular health care provider. Talk about your travel plans, ask whether they'll be able to offer any sort of services to you while you're abroad, and discuss the recommended vaccinations for that region.

Transportation

If you plan to use a vehicle while you're abroad, try to arrange that ahead of time. If not, research the local transportation options for the area you're moving to. Knowing how you'll get around will become essential once you get there.

3. Arrange for your arrival

When you arrive in your new country, you'll need a place to land and unpack. Communicate with the necessary landlords or real estate agents in your new country to ensure you have a home when you arrive.

Packing and shipping your belongings

Like any other move, you'll need to pack up the abode you're leaving and ensure your belongings arrive safely in your new place. It may be wise to use a service like OSS World Wide Movers to help pack and ship your belongings.

Plan for your pet

Determine if you can bring your pet along with you, or if you'll need to plan a separate trip for them. Additionally, certain exotic pets may not be welcome in your new country. Do your research beforehand to ensure you have a plan for your pet.

4. Throw a good-bye party

Though you may miss your family and friends while you're living overseas, your new adventure awaits. Throwing a goodbye party is a great sendoff for you, and a nice way to give your loved ones a chance to see you before you leave.

Reach out to OSS World Wide Movers to learn more about planning your international move.