How to plan a migration

How to plan a migration?

So how to plan a migration? Well to answer this question I should explain how my wife and I came to the idea of migrating. We used to live in Holland in a very small house in a big city. Both working hard, both very stressed. All though we were happy together, we didn’t have much money or much time. Therefor we had to choose wisely what we bought or did. Nevertheless, we had a dog and a cat that did cost some money, but it was all worth it.

So to get to the point, happy as we were, we were stressed. Not from our minimalist life, but from society and the every day stress of the government and money. Most of the people we knew were stressed and frankly, a lot of people admitted to be unhappy with they lives. Now I’m not saying that everybody who lives in a busy place, with little money, should be unhappy. But we were. We felt like we needed a place where money isn’t as important. A place where everything goes a but slower. Where people are happier. So we started looking.

How to plan a migration

 

Finding our place

So we asked ourselves, how to plan a migration? We decided to start looking for not so popular places around the world. As far away from home as possible, without needing a visa. Now the reason for the latter was, because our first idea was to move to Canada. Which we would need a visa for, as this was outside the EU. All though we didn’t make it to Canada, we ended up in a place much like Canada. After some searching and looking through google maps for hours and hours on hand, we found our place. Now, don’t get me wrong, it might sound easier than it actually was. We had to consider many things before we could make a final decision. Like if there was enough nature for us, for our dog. If the language was learn-able, and so on. But after much consideration, we ended up with a beautiful place called Kiruna.

Now it was time to start planning for our move. I remember some of my first thoughts to be, how do you cancel subscriptions within their contract time? What form of transport will we use? Do we register at our new country first, or sign out from Holland first? Well, to make sure this post won’t become too long, and make it easy for you, I will sum it up, step by step.

 

The steps we took and how to plan a migration

I will describe how we planned everything out, in a way that will be an easy to follow universal guide. Depending on where you move to, you might have to apply for a visa, but in this case, I will explain how to migrate without needing one. So here’s how to plan a migration.

  1. Start by finding any form of income at your new location. Followed by some kind of housing. If both of these are difficult, look into something like Workaway.
  2. Request information at the municipality of the city you want to move to.
  3. Then find out what your current municipality requires you to do before you migrate.
  4. Make a financial plan that will cover the hit you will take when quitting your current job, until the time you start your new job at your final destination.
  5. Contact all the companies you currently have a subscription with. Like mobile phone, gym etc. And explain to them that you are going to migrate. In theory, they should always allow you to cancel early. In some cases, you might have to buy your remaining subscription out though.

Don’t give up (things might get tough)

  1. The next step really depends on how you plan your transport. If you are flying. You will have to sell everything and find a way to get your pets to the new location. In our case, we didn’t have the money to fly our pets over. So we decided to go by car. In this case, buy a car that is big, but cheap. This is because a car is not always easy to import in the new country, we actually ended up throwing the car away once we arrived. Keep in mind, you will still have to export your car. I will write a separate article on how to do this.
  2. Talk to your family and friends. After all, you don’t want to leave anyone behind without letting them know where you went ;). But don’t let anyone talk you out of your decision if this is really what you want.
  3. Make sure your passport, ID, and driving license are up to date. Depending on how far you move away, you won’t be able to renew any of these very easily in the first few months. Take it from me, because I actually never bothered getting a passport, as we still live within the EU. However, it turned out, all though you are free to move around with just your ID, I needed my passport for many things.

 

How to plan a migration

 

Okay, you’re getting there! You almost know how to plan a migration!

Alright! Now if all this seems a little overwhelming, a great tip, and something we used, is to go to a Facebook. Find a group that focuses on the town, area or city you are moving to. From my experience, most people are more than willing to help you out. What I like to do is to make a small post in that group, where you tell your story and plans. Make it sound a little desperate so that people understand the time pressure, without making it seem like you’re hopeless. You’ll be surprised how many helping hands you will see. Remember, there is absolutely no shame in asking for a little help.

The final steps

So you made it this far, fantastic! Here is what you need to think of when you are closing into the last days:

  1. Are you moving far away? Whether you are flying or driving, chances are you won’t be able to take many belongings with you. Especially furniture. So put your furniture for sale way before you plan to move, but let buyers know that they can’t pick it up until the day before you migrate. After all, you don’t want to spend your last week without a fridge and washing machine.
  2. If your car of luggage is full, but you really need to take something with you that doesn’t fit. Consider sending it to the new location by mail. Chances are the mail won’t arrive before you do. And either way, you can always send it to the local postal office. Or if they’re crazy enough, let a friend or family member drive behind you with the remaining boxes ;).
  3. Make sure your car insurance covers you until the day you arrive at your new location! I can not stress this enough. Anything can happen on the way, and with a long trip, this could cause a lot of problems. What I did was buy a 3-day car insurance. They charged me 100 euro’s for it, but I figured it was well worth it.

 

So that’s all on how to plan a migration. More information about getting started can be found in my introduction post.

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