Moving down the street to a new house in the same zip code can be hassle for some, but you’re not afraid of adventure, in fact you chase after it. In an attempt to satisfy your craving for adventure, you’ve decided to take the plunge, pack up your bags, and move to a new country. After days, weeks, and maybe even months of agonizing over the map, you’ve finally made a decision. Australia is the place for you. But what’s next?

Australia is the sixth largest county in the world, but is only home to around 24 million people. It’s full of diverse wildlife and nature, which probably played a contributing factor to you choosing Australia as your new home. Australia is becoming a more and more popular location for expats to call home. In 2015, 4 Australian cities placed on a list among the top 8 most livable cities in the world.

Before moving to a new country, it is important to be prepared for the unexpected. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help make your new adventure go as smoothly as possible.

Do your research

If you’ve chosen Australia as your next destination because you believe it will be similar to the United States, you will be in for a surprise. Before moving, it’s important to familiarize yourself with as much Australian culture as you can. On the surface, you may see the two countries as being extremely similar, but once you dive deeper into your new Australian life, you will come to realize the vast differences.  Moving to a new country should not be something you do on impulse. Take the time to find out everything you can about life in your new destination. Don’t be surprised by the absence of Netflix or having to find new brands to replace your favorites when shopping at the supermarket. It might also help to brush up on some Australian slang terms, like barbie or arvo, so that you can keep up with the locals.

Get a visa

Just like with moving to any new country, there will be some amount of paperwork you must fill out in order to make your move legal and official. There are many different kinds of visas available to Americans who are interested in moving to Australia. To learn more about which visa is right for you, visit the Australia immigration website. Once you’ve followed the necessary steps to secure your visa, an important hurdle to securing your move will be satisfied.

Prepare to pack and relocate

Buying property in Australia requires noncitizens to apply for foreign investment approval, so you may find it easier to go the rental route when determining where to live. Trying to decide which city you would like to call home may seem like a challenge at first because there are many options available. You should definitely do your research to get a grasp on the personalities of each city. This will make you feel more confident about your decision. It might be a good idea to visit Australia before the big move to familiarize yourself with the neighborhoods in your chosen city. This will help you decide which area you would like to live in. Once you’ve chosen a neighborhood, it’s easy to turn to the internet to search for homes in your ideal area. After you’ve decided where to live the next thing on your mind is probably packing. Packing can seem like an overwhelming task, especially when you are moving across the world. Make sure that you find a moving company that will be able to work with you to handle all of your needs. Many companies out there specialize in international relocation, so be sure to dedicate the time to picking the one that’s right for you.

Be practical

It’s also important to cross off the boxes for all of the tedious tasks you may come across when planning your move abroad. There are many things to consider like securing a job, finding a school for your children, canceling subscriptions you have in America, taking care of loans, or getting copies of all of your medical history in case you need medical care in Australia. It’s also necessary to make arrangements for your home in the US. Have you decided to sell it or just rent it out? Either way you will probably need someone to help manage that process for you. You will also need to set up mail forwarding. There are many companies that can help you take care of this task so you won’t have to worry about missing out any important letters. Make sure that you create a list of everything you can think of that will tie up loose ends with your life in America to make your new Australian life easier. This may seem like dull task, but it will be worth it in the end to satisfy your peace of mind.

Be open

Moving abroad is an exciting experience, so be sure to recognize that. Don’t let preconceived ideas hold you back on the amount of opportunity that is available. It’s important to realize that any place you go will not be exactly the same as the United States. However, you will find new things that you love in Australia that you never would have experienced back home. This means that you should embrace any change as a learning experience and a chance for growth. If you are not willing to be open to change, you are not ready to move abroad. Flexibility is key to having a happy life in your new country.

If you’re ready to take on your next adventure, World First can help make your move across the globe go smoothly. We make it easy to send funds overseas for your expenses like rent, moving costs, or anything that else might arise. Visit our website to find out more on how we can help you take on your next adventure.