1. Tina
    11th May 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Great tips. This reminded me of my move from Canada to Australia a couple of years ago. My daughter and I downsized to exactly 11 suitcases of belongings and paid for excess baggage which ended up being quite reasonable. It’s amazing how attached one gets to certain things but you are right- photos and books were the things we valued the most. I can’t even remember the things we gave away or sold now. My tip is to check out Government websites for moving tips. I found it very helpful as it gave tips on transportation, and setting up health care, banking, tax file numbers, and information on social security benefits. It also helps to befriend a local ( if you don’t already know someone), to give you tips and suggestions on where to shop for things and what brands to try. One last thing- a GPS or Navman works wonders if you are driving in a new place- best investment ever. It’s exciting and challenging when you move countries but a great opportunity.

    • Michelle
      11th May 2011 @ 10:29 pm

      So true about making the most of the knowledge of any locals you might know, I remember shortly after I arrived standing in the grocery store in the laundry detergent aisle and there was bio and non-bio, I didn’t have a clue and so I called a friend to ask!

  2. LisaB
    11th May 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    Another tip – if you’re living abroad for a while – don’t aquire things that you’re attached to! I lived in the US for 4 years and when we left to return to Canada it was super easy to pare down to a carload of stuff because we weren’t particularly attached to our furniture. It’s very freeing to purge all your stuff every few years. 🙂

  3. Alex
    18th December 2013 @ 2:53 pm

    Thank you this! I really like the idea about the charities. I know that there are a lot of non-profit agencies specialize in helping families get back on their feet.