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There is nothing like being given the opportunity to move overseas and start a new adventure, but there are a lot of things they don’t tell you before that move. Everyone will have their own unique experience, but overall, many experience the same general feeling that comes with being in a foreign land. Here are some of the things people only realise once they’ve taken that jump overseas.

Some things that you may be accustomed to may seem utterly bizarre in another country. The people act differently, celebrate different things, eat different foods, and have their own way of life that may seem completely bonkers. However, getting to learn all these things is all part of the experience, and you’ll be glad you did.


The housing situation may be very different than what you expect. You may find yourself able to afford a large apartment with the cost of living and exchange rate in your favour, but you may find the opposite true too and only able to afford. Even the fixtures and fittings can be completely different, including the toilets and how the showers work.


There is a really good chance that you will not find the same foods you have grown to love and will find yourself having to try new things. If you want to have your favourite comforts from home, you might have to get creative in the kitchen to recreate it. You will put your own spin on dishes to adjust to your taste buds. The local produce may not be anything you are accustomed to, and the things you are familiar with may be seen as “exotic” and expensive.

Cost of Living

Depending on where you moved to, the cost of living can be shockingly lower than what you’re used to. For a fraction of the amount you needed to live on before moving, you can rent an apartment, pay the bills, get food and still have plenty leftover to save or to indulge with. You may find yourself able to live a life of luxury you never thought you would before with the same salary you were on back in your home country. There is also the chance that your job may be on a higher salary in your new location, making the move even sweeter. However, the opposite can be true too. Many big cities are known for how expensive they are. Moving from Australia to Dubai, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and New York City are some of the most expensive cities in the world for expats. However, these same cities tend to bring a lot of opportunities depending on your industry.

Moving abroad can seem overwhelming, from preparing for what’s ahead in your new life to trying to pack up your old life. You can have some relief knowing that experts can handle the packing and shipping of your valuables, like our experienced international removal team at Overseas Packers & Shippers. We take great care of each and every one of your belongings and pack them away safely to get to your destination efficiently. We can even help with customs, giving you one less thing to worry about. Get a free online quote or contact us for a free, no-obligation in-home quote. Let us help make that move easier.

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