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Why live in another country?  10 reasons to move abroad

There are a whole host of reasons why people decide to move to another country. Living overseas can offer new opportunities, new lifestyles, new careers and a new direction. Here we look at some of the best reasons to hop on that plane and discover an exciting and different way of living.

It’s character building:

Johannes Juks Mirrelevant! 🙂

There is certainly no other experience that’s going to test you like turning up in a new location and starting a new life. But that’s the exciting part. New experiences, new friends, new memories. If you want a new you, moving country is a great way to do it.

Enhancing Your Career:

Sarah Hartley, Seeking out a job

If your ultimate aim is to improve your job prospects, living abroad can revolutionise your prospects. You could reinvent yourself with an entirely different career or quickly progress up a ladder not available to you previously. Either way it will look great on your CV and might just make your work day a pleasure rather than a chore.

The culture shock will be of the very best kind:

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Even if you arrive in a country where they speak the same language as you, nothing will prepare you for the change in culture. Everything from what breakfast you eat to the time you go to work can be different. Embrace the changes, embrace the lunchtime siestas, and make the most of your new location.

You’ll change your tastes:

Nadia Pavlova

There’s nothing like exposure to new foods, design and locations to give your firmly held beliefs and values a good shake up. This is a good thing. Challenging those tastes with a different outlook can help you understand who you are and give you a new zest for life.

It will be rewarding:

Pictures of Money

Very few people go abroad and say it just wasn’t the worth the effort. Even if you don’t stay in your new location forever the experience will stay with you and you’ll have plenty of new memories and stories to tell your family and friends.

Your family will thank you for it:

Jose Juan Murillo Hernandez
Family

Whilst the initial move may be difficult for everyone involved, the new opportunities will be bountiful. Children will make new friends, you’ll find a great job and gain new hobbies. What’s not to thank you for?

Developing social skills will be beneficial:

Image of happy teens playing while their vacation

Awkward situations are guaranteed in a new location. Making new friends and fitting in at work can be tricky at the beginning. Learning to override the difficulties will only give you more confidence, which is something you’ll never regret.

You’ll find new friends everywhere you go:

Ran Allen play

It may be lonely at first but making new mates is one major benefit of living overseas. Meeting people with different life experiences to you will make for an interesting time. It will also help you fit into the new location.

Learning a new language is a great life skill:

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Arriving in a new country and having to quickly learn how to converse in a different language can be challenging but fun too. In fact, you’ll learn it much quicker and it will be much more interesting than picking it up from a book.

It will change your life one way or another – forever:

Thomas Upton Jump!

Even challenging experiences help build us as people and there will be plenty of those along the way. You can also expect plenty of life affirming moments that you’ll simply never forget. New dawns, new jobs, new friends and new relationships are all great reasons to embrace the dream.

So, when are you going? Our FAQ will help to give you a good headstart: https://www.pssremovals.com/faqs

If you are considering moving abroad, PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 35 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention. Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote.

Helping Your Children Make Friends Abroad

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Igor Spasic, ocean is young

Igor Spasic, ocean is young

Moving home is exciting but it can also be quite daunting if you arrive in a new location without any friends or family to act as a support.  For children, the experience can be even more overwhelming, especially if they are older and have left lots of strong friendships behind.

As a parent you’ll bare the brunt of the upheaval and will need to arm yourself with some skills in order to help everyone settle in. Remember not to be too hard on yourself. Moving abroad is a big step and everyone will find it difficult, even those that really wanted to relocate. The great news is that children are on the whole are very adaptable. Give it time and it’s most likely that you will all feel settled.

Here a few suggestions for making the friendship transition abroad.

For younger children:

The younger the child, the easier it will be to find ways to help them make new friends, fairly quickly. Smaller children are more open to new friendships, having not left too many strong bonds behind. There are a huge array of options here for new mate bids. Children below school age could find friends at playgroups, parks or the various number of activities that youngsters can take part in. 

Ways to start:

* Find the nearest playgroup via neighbours with children and arrange a date to meet them there. It will be easier to turn up and spot a familiar face rather than find a sea of strangers.

* Look into activities that your child liked at home. If they enjoyed swimming or singing back home chances are they’ll enjoy the experience in your new environment.

For pre-teens:

Finding mates when you’re at school, may be easier, or harder than imagined. It will all depend upon how sociable your children are. Again encourage them to find clubs to join that reflect their current tastes and interests. They may find these options at school or you’ll have to research particular outlets.

Ways to start:

* See if your child wants to invite some of their new classmates around for an impromptu movie and popcorn evening. This will be a good way for you to meet the parents too.

* Set up a regular activity on a Saturday morning so your kids can meet friends outside of school. This will help if the Monday-Friday routine isn’t going so well.

For teenagers:

There’s a good chance that if you have a child between the ages of 13 and 19, you’ll find them the toughest to convince that moving was a good idea. They’ll have a whole list of reasons why staying at home was a better idea. It’s also one the hardest times for them in terms of friendship, with hormones and peer pressure, shaking the best of them. Again, they’ll need to pursue old interests and hopefully find some new ones. You could also encourage them to keep in contact with their old friends via social media.

Ways to start:

* Encourage them to leave the house and discover some new opportunities available to them. They may not have surfed before but if you find yourself on one of Australia’s hottest beaches it won’t hurt to find out if they can. Alternatively many ski resorts offer clubs for kids during the key season.

* Look out for other expats with kids of a similar age and see if you can arrange a shopping/beach/ski/basketball trip. Finding someone in exactly the same boat can really help. 

 

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

A PSS Guide To The Best Countries For Relocation

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Jesse Millan, Waves from the ocean

Jesse Millan, Waves from the ocean

Each year PSS International Removals helps thousands of people move their belongings around the world. We can offer removals from the UK to countries across Europe, Asia, South America, North America and the Indian Subcontinent.

All of these areas offer great opportunities in terms of a change in career and a change in lifestyle. They may also allow you to earn more money, buy a bigger home or just fulfill a life long dream.

A recent UN report suggests that Brits like to emigrate to popular spots such as Australia and Canada but also countries such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Philippines and Sweden.

Here’s a quick guide as to what to expect from the top five countries for Brits according to this report.

Australia

With the likes of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to choose from, where you end up will very much depend on job opportunities and lifestyle choices. Sydney has a thriving economy, but as cities go it’s an expensive place to live. Consider residing in Perth if your career choice happens to be mining, but if you want milder, Mediterranean weather head to Adelaide.

United States of America

There are lots of things to consider when moving to America. The different time zones between east and west coast (and everything in between) can truly dictate conversations with the rest of the world, so it’s worth considering especially if you’re signing up to regular calls with Europe. For more ideas about where to live, see here.

Canada

Over 650,000 Brits live in Canada with many finding a permanent bases in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa and Vancouver. Many of these areas have familiar British flourishes and with Canada still being part of the Commonwealth, you may never really feel that far from home. That said, with temperatures dipping to -30 you might want to consider whether you’re up for that kind of cold or not. See here for more details.

Spain

We’ve all heard about expats heading to southern Spain for a life of sunshine and sangria and there’s no doubt that life on one of the ‘Costas’ (Brava, Blanca, Calida, Almeria, Sol etc.) is certainly appealing to many. House prices, like so much of the world, can now dictate where good relocation options are situated. Take a look here to work out where’s best for you.

New Zealand

With the offer of great open landscapes, a world class education system and temperate weather it’s not hard to see why New Zealand is so popular with Brits. The laid back lifestyle comes into its own here. According to Mercer’s 2015 Cost of Living Survey, London was the 12th most expensive city in the world to live, while Auckland was 61st and Wellington, 83rd. For more reasons to move to New Zealand, see here.

If you are considering a move abroad PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company, which has specialised in international removals for over 34 years. We are committed to providing a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move for all our customers. Whether you’re sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle, we will ensure that you receive the highest level of care and attention.

 

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Do you always need a work permit?

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University of Salford Press Office,Women in construction, www.salford.ac.uk/news/details/797

University of Salford Press Office,Women in construction, www.salford.ac.uk/news/details/797

Finding a job abroad might at first glance feel like a trudge through red tape and bureaucracy and in some instances it is. As a UK citizen looking to emigrate to places such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand you’ll need a job offer before you can apply for a visa to move there. This is also the case in many other places around the world too, and specifically those that are non-EU countries.

However as a UK citizen the good news is that you can work without a permit in any country in the European Economic Area (EEA). The EEA includes all countries in the European Union, isuch as Sweden, France, Cyprus, Germany and Malta. The EEA also incorporates Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Within these countries you’ll have the same rights as everyone who lives there.

This will include: working conditions, pay and social security, including benefits.

So how do you go about looking for a job? This is of course different in each country and may be impacted if you are moving from a UK office to a foreign one. However, there are specific websites within the EU countries that can help you find work.

In Sweden head to http://work.sweden.se/working-in-sweden/ to discover how you go about looking for a career. There is a whole host of information about preparing yourself for the Swedish job market including writing CVs specifically with their country in mind. They recommend looking at The European Job Mobility Portal . This offers an extensive range of facilities for living and working in each European country. It also helps with skills and careers guidance around these countries too.

In Sweden the jobs on offer include those in education, construction, IT, science and engineering.

Looking for work in France is currently difficult due to the high levels of unemployment (about 10.5% of the population). However with so many Brits choosing France as home it is an easy option.

Work across aerospace, food and drink, tourism and machinery, to name a few, are still available. Major companies such as Michelin, Carrefour, Renault and AXA are all firmly established in France and could offer good employment opportunities.

Moving to Malta too has its benefits thanks to a large English speaking community and cultural ties that go back many years. In Malta you could look for work in accounting, banking and the food industry. More information can be found at the job seekers website. There are also some specific requirements so please look at the official Maltese website here.

To find more information about working abroad and the need for work permits, or not, please visit https://www.gov.uk/working-abroad/overview

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to EU countries and those such as Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand visit https://www.pssremovals.com

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Are You Eligible To Vote in The EU Referendum?

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Jirka Matousek, Brussels

Jirka Matousek, Brussels

When the UK goes to the voting booths on Thursday June 23rd 2016, it won’t be to pick a new Prime Minister but to decide whether we stay in or leave the European Union.

If you’re one of the five million Brits who live abroad, you could be eligible to vote. Initially, if you haven’t already you’ll need to register to vote. There are certain restrictions around registration.

British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years are not eligible to register to vote in UK elections. To work out whether you fit into this category, the 15-year-old rule begins from the last day that you were on the electoral register in the UK. You’ll need to contact the last local authority you were registered with in the UK. You can find their contact details here.

Those that were too young to vote before they left the UK can also register. There are also rules around British Citizenship within families. See here for more information.

If you want to register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales as an overseas voter for the EU referendum, register here.  To vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland Website and download the correct form.

The deadline for registration in the EU Referendum is by Monday 16th May.

If you are eligible to vote and are already registered, living miles from the UK will mean you won’t be able to visit the actual voting booths. Overseas voters have two options when casting their votes:

– Voting by Post: In England, Scotland and Wales, individual voters will be entitled to apply by post to vote. First check with your local electoral registration office that you are correctly registered. Once registered you’ll need to fill in an application form, print the replies, sign and date and send back to the registration office. There are strict deadlines for registration and if you apply too late, you won’t be allowed to vote. Check here for deadlines.

Postal ballot papers will be sent to all eligible overseas voters that are registered to vote by post in time for the first dispatch; between 23 and 27 May. Those that apply to register at a later date will be sent ballot papers after their registration is confirmed.

Your ballot paper must arrive back by 10pm on 23 June 2016 to be counted in the EU referendum.

If you live abroad it’s worth considering the time delay in getting the ballot papers back to make them count. If it looks like you’re likely to miss the 10pm deadline on the day of – voting, it may be worth thinking about the following:

– Voting by Proxy: This means that you can nominate someone to vote on your behalf. The rules around this changed last year so make sure you have the most up-to-date details. You will also need to fill in a proxy vote application form.  You can nominate anyone who is individually registered to vote on your behalf, however you will be required to give a reason for the nomination.

– One of the eligible routes is that you are a citizen living abroad.

There is a deadline for voting by proxy, which is normally 5pm, 6 working days before an election, but check these details closer to the time.

Visit the AboutMyVote.co.uk for all the essential details.

If you are thinking about moving abroad, PSS International Removals can help. For more information about PSS International Removals and our services contact us now at https://www.pssremovals.com

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

House hunting in Canada – what can you expect to buy

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Heidi G, Sunshine Yellow  Edmonton, Cloverdale

Heidi G, Sunshine Yellow
Edmonton, Cloverdale

Choosing Canada as your new home offers you a wide range of exciting lifestyle changes. One of the biggest will be buying a property in the city or town of your choice. As you’d expect the bigger cities tend to have the highest prices however, in Canada the annual weather, in particular the winter, dictates costs. On the west coast, which has milder weather house prices are higher than the colder east coast.

In June 2015 the average price of a house in Vancouver was  $922,000, which was a 12% increase year on year. Toronto was slightly cheaper at $639,000, whilst you could bag yourself a bargain if you move to Montreal which has house prices at $341,000.

Once you’ve chosen your location, based on your budget and requirements, you’ll need to find a money lender to help you purchase your home and a real estate agent to help you find your home.

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recommend that you find a mortgage broker in the following way:

– Make sure they are a member of the Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals and are an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) visit www.caamp.org

Remember as a newcomer to Canada you will need to prove your credit and work history. Your previous credit history may not be relevant to Canadian lenders, so you may need to start from scratch.

A reliable and trustworthy real estate agent is essential if you want to find the home of your dreams. They too can be found in a number of ways. Initially look around in the neighbourhood in which you’re wishing to buy. See whose ‘For Sale’ board is positioned outside homes you would like to live in and go from there. Alternatively talk to work colleagues, friends or your mortgage broker who may be able to help with a suggested contact.

You could also visit the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) website at www.mls.ca. It details all real estate agents and thousands of properties for sale across Canada. Alternatively The Canadian Real Estate Agent has a Find a Realtor section and allows you to search for professionals in your area.

You are likely to find a number of different properties for sale in the area you choose. Some terminology will be familiar to house buyers around the world, but others may be a little confusing.

– A condominium is similar to owning a flat or unit within a shared building. In these properties you own the living space but not the building or outside land.

– A townhouse sees you purchasing a home much like terraced housing. You have your own front door but the property is attached to other similar buildings.

– Semi-detached and detached homes either have just one other building attached to them (semi) or are free standing (detached) within their own plot of land.

Once you have found your dream home you will be expected to make an offer. A period of negotiation will then follow, in which the price will go up and down. When the offer is eventually accepted – the ‘Offer to Purchase’ – you’ll need to find a lawyer and request a home inspection report to check out your new property. House sales usually go through within a 30-60 day time frame and the day you sign the legal documents is called ‘Closing Day’. At this time you may also be expected to pay your legal and other fees.

For detailed information about how to purchase a home in Canada visit http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/66687.pdf and http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/odpub/pdf/66144.pdf

If you are considering a move to Canada PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey.

That’s What I Call Canadian Entertainment

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Peter Fagerbacka, listen to the music, 2013-08-16

Peter Fagerbacka, listen to the music, 2013-08-16

When it comes to the entertainment industry, it’s all very international these days, and Canada is definitely part of the whole ‘North American’ business.  Entertainment as a whole is huge in Canada and you will never have a dull moment!  But despite the global influences, Canada manages to retain its character and is even a major force in its own right.  There will be lots that will be familiar in Canadian entertainment but you will have fun discovering the world-class talent that originates from there too.

TV – what Canadians are watching

A lot of the TV shows will be known to you: Big Bang Theory for example is the most watched TV show in Canada, and has been for the last five years, and you will also see Big Brother and Game of Thrones.   Netflix Canada also has content that you will you know – House of Cards and True Detective and you may spot some familiar faces – Colin and Justin are big in Canada, with their show ‘Cabin Pressure’.    However, there are lots of original shows too, and this list from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, details the current top award-winning shows.

1.  Orphan Black

2.  Call Me Fitz

3.  The Amazing Race Canada

4.  Rocket Monkeys

5.  UNSUNG: Behind the Glee

6.  Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy

7.  Vikings

8.  Income Property

9.  Degrassi

10. Our Man in Tehran

 

Music – what Canadians are listening to?

As with TV, there is a lot of international common ground.  There will be many singers and bands that you will have heard of – Taylor Swift is huge in Canada, as is Mark Ronson (with his hit Uptown Funk) and Justin Bieber.   But don’t worry if the mainstream isn’t your thing – the music scene is very vibrant in Canada with rock and jazz being popular.  If you are particularly interested in checking out Canadian artists, this is a good place to start, but these are the Top Selling Albums in Canada in 2014 from all artists.

1 1989 – Taylor Swift
2 Frozen – Soundtrack
3 In The Lonely Hour – Sam Smith
4 X – Ed Sheeran
5 Ghost Stories – Coldplay
6 Pure Heroine – Lorde
7 Where I Belong – Bobby Bazini
8 Serge Fiori – Serge Fiori
9 Four – One Direction
10 The Endless River – Pink Floyd

 

Books – what Canadians are reading?

Canadian literature is going through an extremely buoyant patch (creatively if not financially!) and many prominent Canadian authors published new work last year: Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Lisa Moore, Lynn Coady, Eleanor Catton and Andrew Pyper to name but a few.  The chances are you have already read work by their home-grown authors but once you are there, you will be pleasantly surprised by just how vibrant the scene is.  Here is a Top Ten list of current acclaimed work to get started with:

1. All My Puny Sorrows – Miriam Toews

2. Sweetland – Michael Crummey

3. This One Summer – Mariko and Jillian Tamak

4.  Will Starling – Ian Weir

5.  For Tamara – Sarah Lang

6. The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion – Meg han Daum

7. 10:04 – Ben Lerner

8.  Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation – Laura Kipnis

9.  Can’t and Won’t  – Lydia Davis

10. Every Day is for the Thief – Teju Cole

Here is an extract from this list where you can find another ninety books that should grace your bedside table at some point.

If you are considering a move to Canada PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

How to resolve family issues abroad

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Loren Kerns, Day 73: Kerns family self portrait {about me}

Loren Kerns, Day 73: Kerns family self portrait {about me}

 

Packing up and moving away can, in many instances, be a fresh start. The opportunity to create a better life somewhere new and exciting. Unfortunately it can also throw up problems: What do you do about schooling? What happens if an elderly relative falls ill and you’re thousands of miles away?

Many family issues won’t go away simply because you’re in Australia or New Zealand. Coping with them can be incredibly difficult as you may not know where to turn when a problem arises.

With this in mind, here’s our advice for resolving your problems while overseas.

Where do you send your children to school?

If you have school age children coming with you a prime consideration is where they’ll be educated. You will have to decide whether you want to put them into an International School, or a local one. An International School will provide a familiar curriculum and language and if they are in their teens and at a crucial stage of their education, this could be the best choice. However, if your kids are younger, going to a local school could be a great learning experience. See this website for detailed information about schooling in numerous countries: https://www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/living-abroad/help-for-british-nationals-living-overseas

What if your children don’t like their new home?

Moving away from family and friends is a big deal and even harder for children who may have had very solid friendship groups back home. There will of course be a period of transition for everyone but children in particular will need help to adjust. A new school may provide friends but they may also need a nudge towards a favourite sport or hobby. Check out local websites such as http://goodsports.com.au/find-a-club/ to find something of interest for your child.

An elderly parent falls ill back home, what do you do?

If you have parents back at home there’s a chance that they may fall ill while you are away. Other family members may be able to help if there is an emergency, but you can’t rule out jumping on a plane at some point to deal with a crisis. Don’t forget to have some money set aside if you suddenly need to buy a flight. Time differences can make communication difficult so schedule in appointments for any discussions and organise your Skype (https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA79/how-do-i-install-skype?) and FaceTime https://www.apple.com/uk/ios/facetime/ accounts to keep cost to a minimum.

How will you pay for your healthcare?

If you are going to be living in another country it’s important to have all your healthcare plans in order from the beginning. Every country has a different way of doing this (and paying for it), so do your research carefully. http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/movingabroad/Pages/Introduction.aspx has lots of helpful information.

What happens if your relationship looks to be heading for trouble?

Moving to another country can put a strain on relationships as the stress of living with new challenges can prove too much for some couples. Statistically expat marriages are more likely to run into trouble. If the worst does happen remember that laws overseas regarding separation, divorce and child custody vary enormously so take expert advice. Check out http://www.family-lawfirm.co.uk/how-we-help/international-expat-divorce/international-divorce-questions

Thinking of moving abroad? PSS International removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.