3 Mistakes to Avoid When Preparing for a Move Abroad

by | Jun 19, 2024 | Moving Abroad

Moving abroad can be an exciting yet challenging experience. Today, I want to share three common mistakes people often make when preparing for a move abroad, so you can avoid them and ensure a smoother relocation. These insights come from my own experiences and those of my clients, and my own research. Let’s dive into these mistakes and how to steer clear of them for a successful move.

Not Creating Closure

When preparing to move abroad, many people focus so much on reaching their new destination that they neglect to properly say goodbye to their current one. Creating closure is essential for a positive transition. It’s important to acknowledge that this is the end of a chapter in your life and to say your goodbyes in a meaningful way.

Hosting a goodbye party, giving small gifts like handwritten cards, and visiting favorite places and enjoying beloved foods one last time can help create this sense of closure. By recognizing and celebrating your past, you’ll be better prepared to embrace your future in a new country.

Waiting to Make Friends

One of the biggest mistakes people make when moving abroad is waiting until they arrive to start making friends. Building a social network in a new country takes time and effort, and it’s often not as natural as you might expect. To avoid feeling isolated, start connecting with people before you move.

Use technology to your advantage by joining online expat communities, participating in forums, and scheduling video calls. By establishing these connections in advance, you’ll have a support network ready when you arrive, making your transition smoother and more enjoyable.

Focusing Too Much on the 'Why

While knowing why you want to move abroad is important, focusing too much on the reasons pushing you away from your current location can be counterproductive. Instead, shift your focus to what you want to achieve with the move. This change in perspective can make a significant difference in your experience.

Clearly define your goals and aspirations for your new life abroad. What do you want to accomplish? How do you envision your life changing? Recognize that different family members might have different goals, and that’s perfectly okay as long as everyone’s objectives are clear.

To recap, the three common mistakes to avoid when preparing for a move abroad are: not creating closure, waiting to make friends, and focusing too much on the ‘why’. By being mindful of these pitfalls, you can ensure a smoother transition and a more fulfilling experience in your new country.

If you’re looking for more resources and support for your move, consider joining the Expat Journey Program. This program offers comprehensive guidance and a supportive community to help you navigate every step of your relocation. 


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