There is hardly a U.S. citizen that hasn’t thought at least once about moving to Europe. The history, the culture, the diversity… It seems like Europe has all the necessary things to inspire a person and make them the most cultured version of themselves. But, in order to tackle relocating to Europe, there are a couple of things you will have to deal with. Things that, if not dealt with properly, will possibly ruin your entire relocation. So, let’s not dilly dally and let’s go over important steps in how to prepare for moving to Europe.
Before we get into finding the right movers and moving your possessions abroad, let us get one thing straight. Europe is not the idea that you have in your head. Most of the people that are considering moving to Europe have this grandiose idea of what it is. And, truly, if you simply visit London and spend a couple of days in Paris, you might think that it is all class and culture. But, keep in mind that this is only true if you are visiting Europe as a tourist. If you plan on living here, you need to get misconceptions such as these out of your head as soon as possible.
Common Misconceptions about Europe
The first thing we would like to mention, and we feel kind silly for saying it, is that Europe is not a country. A surprising, and frankly depressing, amount of Americans think that Europe is a single country. It is not. You can think of countries in the European Union as states in the US. But even this is doing them a disservice. Keep in mind that some of these countries have existed for thousands of years. During this period they have developed distinctive cultures, languages, and art. So, lumping them all together in the same country is, in a word, a huge mistake.
There are some important differences between the E.U. and the U.S. Both political and historical.
Secondly, not all of Europe speaks English. Although it is the dominant language in the area, you will easily find people that simply don’t speak the language. So, don’t expect that you’ll be able to understand everything the moment you move. Our advice is to stay calm and learn as you have never done before.
You can read a ton of articles about what Europe is like, but you’ll never get the true idea unless you visit it. So, our advice is to at least spend a week or two backpacking across Europe in order to get an idea of what is like. Ideally, you should focus on the country you plan on moving to and stay there for as long as possible. The more you know about its history and customs, the easier it will be to get along with your future countrymen once you move.
A lot of young people have the time of their life while backpacking through Europe.
Preparing for a Relocation to Europe
Now let’s focus on how to actually prepare for a relocation to Europe. Before we do, keep in mind that relocations of such magnitude can be terribly complicated. So, if you want to do yourself a huge favor, start preparing as soon as possible. Even if you’ve moved before, there will a ton of things that you’ve never dealt with. Complicated paperwork, legal documents, transportation issues… All of them take time to manage. So, the moment you figure out which country you are moving to, start preparing.
Finding the Right Movers
Relocation to Europe is impossible without the right movers. So, if you want to tackle yours properly, start looking for movers ASAP. The best place to start is by going online and seeing which local movers offer international moving services. Keep in mind that not all moving companies are capable of moving you to Europe. This is why you need to do what you can to find the ones that are. Only the top-notch movers can provide a safe relocation even to another continent. Also, keep in mind that a small moving mishap can easily cost you your entire relocation.
Once you find your movers, you will have to devise a moving plan. There will be plenty of details to go over, so we will let you deal with that with your movers. The one thing we will mention is that, when it comes to moving costs, the timing of your relocation can be just as important as the amount of stuff you have. So, while you plan, make sure to explore all options before you settle. Even a week or two can make a huge difference in your final bill.
Picking the right time to move can make relocation to Europe a whole lot cheaper.
Packing is one aspect of moving that you can deal with on your own. But, in order to deal with relocation to Europe safely, you need to make sure that you’ve packed your belonging to a professional standard. Start by checking an online packing guide and learning how to pack. Keep in mind that you will need to use high-quality packing supplies in order to keep your items safe. Furthermore, you need to tape up and label your boxes properly, in order to help your movers safely manage it. If you really want to make your relocation efficient, make an inventory list while you pack. It will make both working with movers and unpacking much easier.
Dealing with Moving Stress
The final thing we will mention is that, when it comes to relocation to Europe, there is going to be moving stress. No matter how much you prepare, or how good your movers are, you are going to feel stressed out. The mere fact that you’ve started a new chapter in your life in a foreign country will pose a substantial culture shock. So, if you want to deal with it properly, you need to learn how to manage your stress. Doing so will make moving preparations, moving, and life after moving a whole lot easier.