How to save money when moving abroad

“Buy a ticket, pack your bags, and go!”

That quote is all too familiar in the realms of social media by well travelled millennials. Moving abroad sounds like a breeze.

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However, although jumping ship and leaving all you’ve known behind can sound like an exciting prospect, it isn’t as easy as booking a flight and boarding a plane.

Packing to move abroad

Packing to leave can be a challenge. You will need to consider how long are you going for, as well as what you will need to take with you.

I am known as the traveller of my family; the one with the gypsy soul, who is always on the move.  When meeting up with people, they’ll often ask, “so, where have you been since we last saw you?” or “where are you flying off to next?”.

Over the last 10 years, I have lived in three different countries, and travelled to a further 40. In this time I have moved my life and belongings around with me, so have become quite experienced in packing for travel as well as relocation.

So how do you move your life overseas, and make it as inexpensive as possible?

Do your research

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Doing your homework is a no brainer when travelling or moving overseas. Some things you may need to consider when moving aborad can include

  1. Passport validity, visas and work permits
  2. Banking and Insurance
  3. Access to healthcare
  4. Essential Items to bring including clothing, technology, and household goods

The list can be endless.

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Sell your belongings

There is truth in the statement that the longer you stay somewhere, the more you will accumulate.

When I moved from England to New Zealand I took whatever I could fit into a rucksack. Two years later, I had accumulated a whole house full of things, including ski equipment and a bicycle.

When it came to leaving, I had to send some much loved and needed possesions via the postal service, which turned out to be a costly affair, resulting in me selling the larger bulkier items.

When you are planning on moving your life abroad, selling some of your belonings can be a great way of decluttering. You may also be able to make some extra money for your trip. But larger furniture may be cheaper to sell and then buy when you settle in.

Use a baggage shipping company

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If you simply cannot live without certain belongings and exceed the size and weight restrictions that airlines impose, it may be worth considering sending items via a baggage shipping company.

Uni Baggage is the number one shipping company in the UK, and offers affordable rates for moving your belongings, with prices from £18.99 for up to 30kg.

Uni Baggage can collect your belongings and deliver them to your final destination within 24 hours in the UK.  They also offer a service to collect and deliver items Worldwide.

Just get a quote online, print labels, and pack. It will be collected from your chosen location, and delivered to your final destination.DSCF2290

If you are put off by the name, don’t be.  You do not need to be a student, or at university to use Uni Baggage, it is for everyone.

What can you send with Uni Baggage?

You can ship anything from small boxes and suitcases, to larger items including skis, and bicycles. All of your items are covered to the value of £100, or up to £1000 for a small fee.

If you are in the process of travelling or moving abroad then get in touch with Uni Baggage for a quote. You’ll save time, money and a whole lot of stress.

This post was written in collboration with Uni Baggage

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