Tips for moving to another country

Written by Rod Morris

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YOUR BELONGINGS - Will you be taking everything with you or leaving some items in storage (or even getting rid of them completely)? How will you move your belongings? Can you transport them yourself or do you needrepparttar services of a moving company? Set aside those things you need to take with you in person so they don't get packed accidentally (passports, tickets, etc.)

INSURANCE - Once you've decided what you're taking with you, insure it. If you haven't already arranged appropriate insurance (health/life/travel, etc.) for yourself and your family as well...DO SO!

BANKING - You may need to open a new bank account in your new country - look for information onrepparttar 141310 one which suits you best. Do you need to close your current bank account? Atrepparttar 141311 very least you'll need to tell your current bank that you're moving.

CREDIT CARDS - Credit card companies need to be informed you're moving. Also, willrepparttar 141312 credit cards you're taking with you be widely accepted?

DRIVING - Depending on where you're going and how long you're going to be there you may need to apply for a new driving license or even take a driving test. Will you take your car with you or buy/rent/lease one when you get to your destination country?

UTILITIES etc - Gas, electricity, cable companies and so on will need to be informed of your departure and contracts terminated where appropriate. Make arrangements for final meter readings and bill payments.

POST REDIRECTION - Having your mail redirected after you leave can prevent you from missing something important.

ELECTRIC DEVICES AND MOBILE PHONES - Check whether or not your TV, video, hair dryer, alarm clock etc will work inrepparttar 141313 new country. You may need to take out a new network subscription for a mobile phone (or buy a new one with a subscription) - watch out for roaming charges with your current phone if you use it.

EMAIL - If moving means you can't keep your current email address, consider a free web based email account you can access from anywhere.

And finally, a couple of important tips for when you get to your new country...

MAKE FRIENDS - Whether locals or fellow expats, nothing will help you more than being able to rely onrepparttar 141314 assistance of your friends when you need it. Don't think that socialising is time wasted, it's what makes a new country feel like home.

DON'T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF - Moving to a new country is difficult. Even when everything goes according to plan it's still difficult. There will be times when you're physically and emotionally exhausted but try not to let things get on top of you. Don't be shy about asking for help or support, there are plenty of people who have been there before.

Good luck!

Rod Morris is the owner of Expat Focus, a leading web site for expatriates and anyone considering a move abroad. Visit for free guides, friendly forums, an expat mailing list and information packed monthly newsletter.

Rough Guide to Spain

Written by Rhiannon Williamson

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After that time Spain suffered a long history of wars, revolts and conflicts which were responsible for a steady decline inrepparttar country’s wealth, status and position.

In 1939 General Franco was able to take over as dictator of Spain. He ruled a politically and economically exhausted Spain until his death in 1975.

Duringrepparttar 141280 1960s and 1970s Spain thankfully began to regain its economic strength through industry and tourism.

When Franco died in 1975 Prince Juan Carlos becamerepparttar 141281 king of Spain andrepparttar 141282 Head of State. He instigated important political changes and turned Spain from an authoritarian regime into a democracy and from a weakened European state into one ofrepparttar 141283 most politically and economically strong countries in Europe today.

Spain Today

Spain today is economically and politically stable and divided into 17 regions which function as a Federation of Autonomous Communities. Each region is geographically and culturally different and even different in personality. For example, you can visitrepparttar 141284 southern Spanish region of Andalusia and bask on beautiful beaches inrepparttar 141285 3000 hours of sunshinerepparttar 141286 region enjoys a year, or you could travel north to Asturias where some of Spain’s most interesting popular customs come from and where magnificent mountains dominaterepparttar 141287 landscape andrepparttar 141288 climate.

You can ski in Spain, and sunbathe in Spain, you can mountain climb and dive, surf and snorkel, you can enjoy flamenco, bull fighting, tapas and wine, you can relax or party for a week, bask inrepparttar 141289 cultural centre of Europe or just bask on a sun drenched beach – whatever kind of experience you’re after Spain offers it all!

Rhiannon Williamson is the publisher of - the online resource for investment property abroad, offshore investing & living overseas. Click the following link for Spanish property and moving to Spain articles, guides and resources.

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