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Tips For Finding the Perfect Country To Relocate To

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Kevin Stanchfield  Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

Kevin Stanchfield
Downtown LA skyline. Just after sunset.

With advancements in travel the world has become a much smaller place. With over 5 million Brits living abroad, emigration is certainly an attractive proposition to many. But where to start? Many people will have a rough idea of the kind of job they want to pursue or even the climate they want to live in. But other key factors such as language, proximity to home and living standards can have a major influence on choosing a suitable destination.

With so much at stake, we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the right country:

1. Do your research. You may fancy life Down Under but if you don’t meet their strict immigration criteria you won’t get in. New Zealand too draws up a list of careers eligible for a visa, so make sure you read up on all the details. Those careers currently in demand are medicine, engineering and IT. The good news however is if you’re currently moving within the EU things are much easier.

2. Fancy learning a new language? There are plenty of places in the world where you can stick to speaking your native language. In fact, all countries have large expat communities so you’ll never be too far from a familiar conversation. However, you may want to be more adventurous. In countries such as Denmark learning the language is imperative. It’s easy to find courses through your local council who are obliged to offer courses to all foreign residents.

3. Read about the country in all its glory. You may have read A Year In Provence but does it really reflect what life is currently like in southeastern France? It’s unlikely. If you have a family, you’ll need to look into the school system and childcare facilities. Take some time to research housing and social welfare provision and different towns and cities within your chosen country. Expat Forums can give you interesting insights.

4. Look into the weather. Living in a warmer country is often a reason many people (especially Brits) choose to move to a new country. Sunny days may be great for a holiday but can you see yourself working and living in 40’ heat, which you might face if you move to UAE. Just like the UK the weather can be totally different around the country so when choosing a location, make sure you check thoroughly. Los Angeles may be gloriously sunny all year, but New York certainly isn’t.

5. Choose your lifestyle. What kind of life do you want in your new location? Beach barbecues? Balanced working hours? A busy social life? A large salary? Everyone will want something different but it’s important to be clear about what your priorities are. Working in Asian Pacific countries pays an expat on average $126,000 (£95,000) dollars, compared with the global average of $104,000 (£79,000).

If you are considering a move abroad 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 34 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.

Helping Your Children Settle Abroad

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Kids playing in the Youth Rugby Exhibition match.

                                                                                                                                                                                

Along with huge excitement and opportunities, moving abroad with a family can also throw up issues, especially if there are children in tow.

The ease with which your child settles into their new life will be down in part to their age. Small babies and toddlers will certainly feel the change in terms of the practical aspects of moving house but they are unlikely to feel any emotional wrenches. In this respect they are the easiest to deal with.

 

The older the child gets however, the more complicated the move. Most school-age children will have made friends and formed relationships with relatives. Before they hit the teens though, you will probably find them to be adaptable. They are most likely to seek reassurance from parents that the move is going to be OK. Teenagers on the other hand will have strong feelings about the decision. With a strong network of friends the thought of moving miles away, may not go down well.

The key to coping with the situation is preparation, preparation, preparation. Regardless of the age of the child, if they have a clear idea of what is happening and where they are going to be living, the transition should be easier.

Before you leave talk to your child about the country you are moving to. Show them the house you are going to be living in and the school will be attending. The more involved they are in the process the less scary it will be for them to understand. Give them a chance to talk through their concerns and if you don’t know the answer to something, promise to help sort it out. Allowing them to say goodbye to their friends and family is also a great thing to do. Throw a party, or give them a chance to make a photographic record of their life at home. This will help them, not only move on, but feel that they have been listened to.

Some experts recommend that you read stories to your children so that they can understand what is happening.

Some particular favourites include:

For babies and toddlers: The Bernstain Bears’ Moving Day, Stan and Jan Bernstain

For 9+ Allie Finkle’s Rules For Girls: Moving Day, Meg Cabot

For 13 + Club Expat: A Teenager’s Guide To Moving Overseas, Aniker & Akash Shah

Once in you new overseas home much of what you initially need to do practically will be similar to moving house in the UK. Making sure the children’s rooms are set up and ready quickly will help them settle in more easily. If you have older children getting WiFi installed will be essential as they will be keen to keep talking to their friends.

Over the following weeks and months, as the children start to establish new routines, especially if they are going to school, more challenges will arise for parents. Take charge of younger children’s social lives and invite the neighbour and her kids around for a play date. Find a local nursery school or playgroup so both you and your child can meet new people.

Keep to routines that were firmly established at home. If Sunday, was ‘dog walk and lunch day’ make sure you continue this once in your new country. More family time may be the key to success in settling expat children as they are bound to need more of your guidance. Teenagers in particular may find the initial settlement period very difficult so it’s important to talk to them about how they are feeling and be respectful that they may not have wanted this move as much as you. Encourage them to join clubs, such as sporting activities, if that is what they were into before, and to keep in touch with old friends. Expat communities are all over the world and talking to someone who’s been in the same position as them will help them offload their woes.

If you are considering a move abroad 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 34 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.

Should You Learn a Foreign Language?

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Jonas Foyn Therkelsen,
Their moment

 

 

Whether you’re migrating for business or for pleasure, learning the language of your new destination may be something you’ve added to your extensive list of ‘things to do’. Even with the best intentions in the world, the complications of an international move could be enough to be getting on with and it could be that you hope to get by with a few choice phrases and comments.

If you’re heading to somewhere like America, Australia or New Zealand and your first language is English, there will be very few situations when you need to think of talking in a foreign tongue. However, if you’re relocating to France, Spain, Hong Kong or any number of international areas, it may be necessary to swot up on something more than greetings, food ordering and the odd directional phrase.

Obviously certain areas and regions are particularly popular with expats and it could be that you’re placing yourself within an area where on a day-to-day basis, your native language is enough. For example, some regions in France are known to be particularly popular to the Brits and have been given names such as ‘Dordogneshire’ as a reflection of their inhabitants. It is also well known that Spain’s Costa Blanca has a large expat community, many of whom are retired, so learning the language could seem an unnecessary hassle.

But what if you’re planning to work in your new home or send your children to a school where they WILL have to speak the native language, it may be that you have no choice but to fully integrate yourself into society.

In countries such as Hong Kong, it’s almost essential that you learn either Cantonese or Mandarin if you’re planning to live there for any length of time.  In Denmark too, whilst English is spoken widely, anyone who wants to reach the top in their chosen career needs some Danish under their belt.

Learning a language will however take some preparation and perseverance. There is a school of thought that says you can only truly learn a language, once you are fully immersed in the new culture. That said, there are plenty of ways tolearn a new language either online, with an App or simply by signing up with your local college. Doing this before you leave will give you a head start on arrival.

If you don’t have the time or the inclination to crack on with the language, before you depart, there will be no harm in signing up for a course, online, or otherwise once you arrive. In countries such as Spain there are a number of courses run for people to learn the language while living there. See herefor more information.

Whether you learn a language or not will almost always be dependent on what you are hoping to get out of your new location. The benefits of communicating with your neighbours, work colleagues or local newsagent in their native language can be fun and bring a sense of purpose to your new life. You’ll also be surprised at how much you pick once you have no choice but to try and understand what someone is saying to you.

A new language may not be a necessity if you’re surrounded by those who speak exactly the same dialect as you. But with all the latest scientific thinking highlighting the fact that learning a foreign language can boost your brain power it could be just the ticket for making friends and influencing people. What’s not to like about that?

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move abroad 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.

Get Packing – An Expert Guide

 

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Studieforbund VOFO, folk med bøker, bøker, books, studenter, folk, Young Couple Sitting with a Pile of Books — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

For useful articles and tips on moving to other countries and life as an expat, please like the PSS International Removals Facebook page and follow the Twitter profile

At PSS International Removals there are two ways to guarantee your belongings arrive in one piece to your new destination. In the first instance you can use PSS’s international removals service with expert packing included: https://www.pssremovals.com/international-removals-shipping/. Secondly, you can pack up your household belongings yourself. This gives you the flexibility to take your time bringing together all your goods and packing them at your leisure. https://www.pssremovals.com/self-pack

PSS International Removals will supply you with the correct amount of boxes and substantial packing materials, but making sure you wrap everything carefully, to avoid any breakages, is down to time and planning.

Here’s some helpful hints to make sure your worldly belongings arrive in your new home, in just as good as condition as they left your old one.

Before you pack: Have a good clear out of your possessions. Are there things you can leave behind or send off to a charity shop? If you’re intending to return home after a fixed amount of time you might not need to take everything you own. Would self-storage be a better option? On the other hand, if you’re going for good; what’s essential and what can be left behind? Be realistic.

Getting going: At PSS we will supply you with different size boxes for all types of different objects (including those just for books, tea cartons and boxes for bikes and computer screens). We will also supply enough wrapping materials for your needs. We recommend that you don’t over pack each container. Anything that’s too heavy, will be difficult to move, both while you’re packing and on removal day.

Being organised: Give yourself plenty of time to pack your boxes. Think weeks not days. It can take hours to carefully wrap up valuables and breakables (or just get through the sheer enormity of your kitchenware) so don’t underestimate what you’ve got, or the time you’ve got to do it in.

Pack methodically: Go through each room in your home and pack up each space before moving onto the other. This will benefit you two-fold. Firstly, you’ll be able to see clearly what has been done and what is left to do, and secondly it will mean you’ll avoid the utter chaos of having each room in a topsy-turvy state. Not the best way to spend your final few weeks.

Check your packing materials: While some goods will need little or no extra layers, something precious or breakable must be wrapped carefully. Whilst every precaution is taken to make sure your boxes arrive safe and sound, they are going on a long and varied journey, so make sure valuables are covered in bubble wrap. Use clean tissue or wrapping paper for the first layer to prevent newspaper print leaving marks. Pillows and blankets can come in handy for covering up chairs or objects you don’t want to get scratched.

Label everything: Write an extensive list of what’s in each box and place it inside before sealing. You might think you’ll remember what’s gone in where but in a new home, after hours on a long-haul flight it’s unlikely. Clearly label the outside of each box with which room it needs to be placed in, allowing the unpacking on the other side of the world to be as straightforward as it can be.

For more information about how PSS International can help you make your move to countries 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do-It-Yourself Removals

 

 

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Zee, The Arcade Photography Contest – Zuleicca Resident

 

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You might be emigrating to Australia, Canada or Singapore or starting a new job in Thailand or Malaysia. Wherever you’re going you’ll want to take some, if not all, of your possessions with you. Moving out of one country and onto another brings with it a set of costs that includes the removal of your worldly belongings.

While some may choose to have all their belongings packed and shipped by professionals on their behalf, there is an alternative for those with a tighter budget. If you don’t mind packing your goods yourself, PSS International Removals offer an alternative. Our ‘You Pack, We Ship’ service is tailor-made for customers who prefer to pack their own personal and household items from the comfort of their own home and in their own time.

There are many considerations when deciding whether to use this service or not. It may be that you have a strict budget in mind and packing your own goods just saves you money. You will need to put aside plenty of time to pack your own goods. If you’re time poor and already stressed about the move, this may not be the service for you. The last thing you need is added pressure before your big move. The ‘You Pack, We Ship’ service works well if you are planning on sending single items of furniture or a small quantity of cartons. Many customers also find this service easier if they are struggling to decide what to take and what to leave behind. With time set aside for packing you’ll be able to carefully consider what you need to take rather than feeling the pressure of a removal team turning up on the doorstep, asking you to decide quickly.

Once you’ve decided that the ‘You Pack, We Ship’ is the best option for you, the process couldn’t be simpler. After contacting PSS International Removals one of our consultants will discuss a competitive quote with you (this can also be done online). Then, when you’ve decided what you’re taking, the correct packaging will be delivered to your door, at a time suitable to you. If you suddenly realise you need more bubble-wrap or boxes this can also be arranged.

When everything is packed, PSS will arrange collection on a day of your choice. All goods need to be ready and waiting to go. The driver will make an inventory and then mark and list all goods included in the move. Your boxes and packages will then be taken to the warehouse before being shipped to your chosen destination. It couldn’t be easier.

For more information about PSS International Removals about their ‘Your Pack, You Ship’ service contact them now at https://www.pssremovals.com/self-pack. 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.

 

 

In search of a new life – a history of British emigration

 

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While the current political talk is of immigration into the UK, for many years it was of emigration away from the country that made the news. As a nation with strong colonial and Commonwealth links the ease at which the UK’s citizens could move across continents allowed millions to sail and later fly away, hoping for a better life.

Even today the United Kingdom has strong links to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and America while their roots were established many centuries ago.

The first emigrants: Indirect estimates suggest that between 5,000-7,000 people per year left the UK during the 16th and 18th centuries, heading to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. From 1815 and 1914 it is said that 22.6m people emigrated from Britain.

Shipping out convicts: British prisoners were some of the first people to board ships and head overseas. Initially shipped to North America and the West Indies, the American Revolution in 1776 saw them re-routed to Australia from 1778. The practice was abolished in 1868 by which time 158,702 convicts had arrived in Australia from England and Ireland, and 1,321 from other parts of the Empire, making a total of 160,023 men and women transported.

Historical and economic emigration: The Irish Potato famine in 1845 forced many, who were at this point starving, overseas in search of economic stability. During a four year period around 1.5 million people moved from Ireland to Canada and other countries. Between 1820 and 1930 4.5 million Brits went to America. The shared language and technological skills allowed for the development of a strong Anglo-American culture.

The effects of colony: In 1858 Great Britain’s direct rule of India saw thousands leave the UK and head to the Indian continent where they were promised good jobs in the civil service which offered high salaries and the chance of promotion. The British stayed until 1947 when India was finally given its Independence.

Government plans to send Brits overseas: The promise of better jobs and the lure of land and housing enticed millions of British citizens to countries such as Australia and New Zealand. The Gold rushes in both countries in the 1860’s encouraged many overseas and assisted migration from the UK to New Zealand made it a more popular destination than America.

Establishing ties with Empire: In 1922 the British government passed the Empire Settlement Act to help Britons emigrate to the colonies and increase post-war ties. Between 1919 and 1922 13,349 ex-servicemen and their families moved to New Zealand. Child migration to Canada was also encouraged as war orphans were targeted by charities.

World Wars and emigration: During the Blitz and World War Two thousands of children were sent from war torn Britain to Australia and New Zealand. The Children’s Overseas Reception Board helped people send their children abroad safely. After the war some 3,000 children were sent to Australia, although many later returned.

Post war and beyond: The British still have a strong desire to travel and move overseas. It is estimated that every day 400 Brits emigrate. The most popular countries are Australia, America, Spain and New Zealand. Despite points systems being in place to control emigration to the likes of Australia and New Zealand as well as stricter visa requirements to locations such as America and Canada, some 1.3 million university level Brits are living abroad. Our video shows you where they go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ube9GbQ5oCE

 

If you are looking to help continue the trend of emigration from the UK, 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.

 

 

Easy Does It – The PSS Approach

 

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Deciding to move abroad is a big decision and one fraught with numerous complications. Alongside concerns about where you’re going to live, work and send your children to school, how you’ll move your belongings thousands of miles is mind-blowing.

Thoughts of that priceless family heirloom being lost somewhere en route or your favourite painting snapped in two before it arrives might be at the forefront of your mind but PSS International Removals believe we can take the stress and strain out of moving – even if it is to the other side of the world.

PSS International Removals is a family-run business that has specialised in international removals since 1982. This means the company has vast experience in this sector, both in terms of staff and processes.

We offer a wide range of services for the removal of personal and household effects which can be dispatched by air or sea, from a small baggage consignment of one carton or more, to an entire household or motor vehicle shipment to destinations worldwide.  The most popular destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, USA and UAE.

Although the world is getting smaller as transport links improve and the average person’s passion for travel increases, the complexities of moving large loads and relocating lives are still numerous and varied.

PSS offer a free, no obligation, removal quote service.  You can choose to access a free online international removals quote or arrange for a free estimators appointment. An experienced estimator can visit up to 3 to 6 months before your departure.

In order to get the right price, for your needs, you’ll initially have to decide how you’d like to ship your belongings. PSS can advise on the best option for you. There are two types of baggage services – Sea Freight and Airfreight/Express. Sea freight is more affordable, but is a slower service, ranging from 2 to 12 weeks, depending on your destination.

Airfreight/Express is quicker, although you may pay more, depending on the quantity of cartons/suitcases you are sending and the destination. The transit time can range from same day to 14 days.

Once the quote is arranged and agreed the PSS removal service is professionally efficient. You’ll have two advisors who’ll not only take care of your belongings but will also have the inside track on any documentation you’ll need. Knowledge of what you can and can’t take with you will also be at their fingertips. They’ll know that bringing baby gates into Canada might prove problematic and that in New Zealand those wicker cane chairs of yours could be a sticking point!

Running around like a headless chicken on the day of removal is not an option at PSS. We’ll pack all your items into export approved cartons and all the furniture will be wrapped and protected using 6 ply export approved blankets. Once packing is complete, you’ll get a full inventory of what’s accompanying you abroad.

In most cases, and in most countries, your furniture is delivered directly to your new address. Rest assured if you don’t have a permanent address for your new destination, PSS have seen it all before, and have measures in place to deal with most eventualities.

PSS is also part of the BAR Overseas group and is covered by the Advance payment guarantee. The organisation has also achieved FAIM accreditation, the quality assurance standard controlled by the FIDI Global alliance. In addition, the British Association of Removers (BAR) & IMMI Payment guarantee scheme financially bond us.

To find out more about PSS, visit the website: http://www.pssremovals.com/

You can also read our thoughts in a recent Telegraph article, titled: How do you pick a reliable international removal company? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/before-you-go/11354155/How-do-you-pick-a-reliable-international-removal-company.html

Relocation really has never been this easy, or this good.