5 Things You Must do Before You Can Move to a New City
In exactly one week I’ll be on an A380, drinking bubbly and flying somewhere over the Indian Ocean. While you can watch your entire world disappear beneath the clouds in seconds, there are many hours of planning that take place before you can move to the other side of the world.
5 Things You Must do Before You Can Move to a New City
1. Quit your job and pack up your room/apartment.
My master plan to move to London has been many months in the making and it all started with the ultimate decision, to end the lease on my apartment and hand in my resignation. Once those two gut-wrenching decisions had been made I ate a lot of takeaway and began the tedious process of packing up my life in Sydney.
I sold my big ticket items and created free care packages for young women I met on Gumtree who had just moved to Sydney. From soy candles to new rolls of tin foil, I gave away all the little things that would make a big difference to someone moving to a new city. The best thing was that by the end I barely had anything to throw away.
HOB’s top tip: It’s important to travel light into the next chapter of your life!
2. Save your precious pennies
For obvious reasons it is ideal that you start saving before you quit your job. Plan to put a percentage of your pay away every week and don’t skip on it unless you want to spend your first few months abroad eating cans of sardines! Next, think of the total amount of money that you think you will need and double it. Living in the world’s biggest cities can be very expensive and remember that flights, visas and insurance are all expenses that must be paid for before you even hit the tarmac.
HOB’s top tip: Keep a close eye on the exchange rate as it is likely to fluctuate between the time you decide to move and the day you actually leave the country. When I first considered changing my AUD to GBP in June the pound was a lot stronger than it is today, by keeping a close eye on the exchange rate and transferring my money at a more optimal time I have saved myself thousands of dollars. Learn more about currency exchange here.
3. Apply for a visa
Before you book your ticket and dream of reclining with a glass of bubbly you must check the entry requirements for the country you are moving to. Find a visa that fits your circumstances and give yourself plenty of time to complete the application process before you lock in any flights. The visa I applied for is called the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa which allows me to live and work in the UK for up to two years.
HOB’s Top Tip: While it might only take you a few hours to fill out the application online you must submit it at an immigration office in your closest city, this is usually by appointment only. Make submitting your visa a little more exciting (and worth the trip) by turning it into a weekend road trip. If you live in Queensland and have to submit your visa in Brisbane like I did, after your interview you can always head to James Street for a delicious cheese board and celebratory cocktails!
4. Book your flight
Unless you’re travelling around the world there is no reason why you need to employ the help of a travel agent. In the past 18 months I have flown to more than a dozen countries and have booked all of my own flights within weeks of the departure dates. Jump online and do your research, try to book with a reputable airline and always look for a direct flight. Believe me the price of some of the longer flights might seem tempting right now but when you’re travelling for 24+ hours it’s worth paying the little extra money.
HOB’s top tip: Seat Guru is a website that gives you a visual seating chart of the plane that you will be travelling on and reviews of each seat. Just type in your airline and aircraft and it will help you to choose the best seat (away from the toilets and screaming babies).
Flying long haul (20 hours +) is my favourite topic! I used to experience debilitating anxiety when it came to flying for long periods of time and now I enjoy traveling solo even in economy! I cant wait to share with you my top tips for long haul flying and what to pack in your carry-on luggage. Join me on Snapchat this Sunday night for chats about flying, anxiety and everything you need to survive a long haul flight.
5. Tie up all the loose ends
Get a pap smear, go to the dentist, tell that lousy ex boyfriend who keeps booty calling you to bugger off one last time. You’ll feel so much better knowing that everything is in order. The most important thing is to make the time to see your girlfriends, your relatives and those important people that you’ve been meaning to catch up with forever, which leads me to my final point.
Finally, welcome to an emotional rollercoaster ride…
Regardless of whether you’re moving one hour away from home or to the opposite side of the world, everyone goes through the motions of feeling excited, sad and a little (okay a lot) nervous. The reality of what I am doing often hits me at night when I’m tucked in bed. There have been times when I’ve have to fight back the tears and times when I’ve full on balled my eyes out snot and all. It is important that you allow yourself to be nervous, sad and even have a little cry every now and again but don’t dwell on it. After all you are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime and this is the moment you’ve been waiting for.
Now it’s time to seal your suitcases and start a new chapter in your life. I can’t tell you exactly how it will read but I promise you it will be bloody exciting as long as you’ve got everything you need…
Visa – check!
Money – check!
Bikini wax – check!
Bon voyage baby,