Between packing your things, transferring utility services, and finding moving help, there's a lot to remember when you relocate. The Web has resources to smooth the moving process, and to help you keep track of everything during this busy time.
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Moving overseas is definitely more complicated than moving across the street or across state lines. Whether you've got to deal with new currency, laws, culture, or language, or if you're just moving to a U.S. state or territory that's far away, your move requires extra consideration.
- Many countries have regulations and quarantine rules that apply to foreign plants or animals. Make sure you check international regulations well in advance to give yourself plenty of time to deal with vet checks or any quarantine requirements.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture may be able to help you get veterinary and other necessary health documentation for your pet completed correctly when taking your pet to a foreign country.
- If you just want to go on an extended trip abroad without moving permanently, see our findingDulcinea Long-Term Travel Abroad Guide for lots of helpful resources and suggestions.
- For those looking to learn more about the country to which they'll be moving, findingDulcinea also has a large section of individual country travel guides. Many of these are tailored to tourists, but they're full of information about how to get there and how to get around, plus safety, health, currency, and language information, and even Web sites that will give you a peek into the country's history and culture.
For general tips about moving abroad ...
The U.S. Department of State
has an international travel section, including information about living abroad. General advice for Americans living overseas as well as information about registering with embassies, voting abroad, and federal benefits for expatriates is provided.
explains many of the things you will need to know if you are preparing for a move overseas. This site offers advice about choosing health insurance policies, learning a new language, and links to sources that will help you obtain an immigration visa.
Portal for Work Abroad, Study Abroad, Cultural Travel and Living Overseas
is a resource for people living, working, and studying abroad. The "Living Abroad" section has information about living abroad in particular countries around the world, renting a home abroad, and links to several expatriate resources. This site also recommends several books that could be useful for living overseas.
For international moving services ...
locates and compares international moving services. The site also explains how relocation companies work. Relocation companies can arrange nearly every aspect of a move, from finding a job for your spouse, to helping locate good schools for children.
For help with car shipping ...
Schumacher Cargo Shipping
is an international and domestic cargo shipping company. Use this site to find air and freight cargo shipping information, automobile shipping, and household goods shipping information. To book a shipment, or find rates and tariff information, go to the "Shipping & Moving Services" link.
has an "Auto Transport" section, which discusses tips for transporting your car, along with links for securing transport insurance for your vehicle. One helpful feature of this site is a state-by-state search to help you locate car transport services in your state.
If you are taking a pet with you ...
The Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association
helps locate pet shipping services when you are moving to a new location. If you have questions about safety and other transport issues when shipping your pet, check the FAQ section for answers. Use the "Find a Pet Shipper" link to access a downloadable list of worldwide pet shippers or a search tool to find pet shippers.
has explanations and instructions for procedures you must follow when taking a pet with you on an airplane. Shipping options are outlined, and regulations to consider for individual countries are included. This site also explains rules for transporting perishable and dangerous goods.
has pet travel information "for happy healthy, jet-set pets" that contains travel advice and restrictions you should know about before traveling on an airplane with your pet. Information about international pet travel
is also covered in detail (scroll down).
For help moving to Alaska or Hawaii ...
Relocation to Hawaii
offers advice and tips for moving to Hawaii. Overviews of the Hawaiian islands are provided, along with a discussion of island customs, tips for moving your household, and special circumstances for moving pets to Hawaii.
has an "About Alaska" tab, which explains things you should know about moving to the state, finding a job, business, and the climate. The moving section of this tab addresses the special challenges of moving to Alaska due to its distance from the 48 contiguous U.S. states.
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