If you’re planning to move from Boston to Europe, or moving from Boston to Southeast Asia, or really, from Boston to anywhere else around the world, you’ll want to know these tips that can help make your life exponentially easier, both during the moving process and upon your arrival in your new home country.
Tip One: Set Up Your Bank Account Before You Arrive: Take advantage of today’s wired world to set up your bank account in your destination country before leaving Boston. It’s often easiest to do this if the bank you’re currently dealing with has a branch in your destination country. Additionally, plan on maintaining a US bank account for at least a while during your earliest days abroad: it’s a convenience that can save you a lot of stress. Choose a US bank that lets you access your account via the cloud.
Tip Two: Scan All Your Important Documents: Take it from your Boston international moving company – long distance moves can require a lot of paperwork. Make sure you scan all your important paperwork, including personal and professional documentation, and have these files securely stored online. Strategically keep move related documentation on your mobile device – but make sure this device has remote wipe capabilities, in case it is lost or stolen while you’re in transit.
Tip Three: Create Social Media Groups to Keep Family & Friends Informed: We live in a age of instant information. Many expats have told us one of the biggest surprise challenges they encountered during their international move was the intense pressure felt from family and friends who wanted real-time coverage of the event, Travel Channel style. One way to handle this is to set up a group on Facebook, where one post can be seen by many people – it’s an easy, efficient way to keep everyone informed.