How to save money when moving internationally?

A girl looking at the departures board at the airport.

Moving internationally is not something people do very often. But when you are moving internationally, you have to be prepared to spend a lot of money on a number of things. Don’t let this discourage you. There are ways you can save money when moving internationally and here you can find out how you can do just that. 

Hidden fees

Hidden fees are something most people know about yet they don’t pay attention to them. But these fees can end up costing you a lot more than you expected. If you are moving internationally, you are most likely to travel by plane to your new home country. Each airline has a weight limit for your baggage. Usually, it is around 20 kg. If you have over 20 kg in your luggage, you will have to pay extra depending on how much over 20 kg you are carrying. 

When moving abroad you will have to choose from various service options regarding transporting your belongings. Door to door, door to port, port to port, air freight, ocean freight. All of these cost a certain amount of money of course. There are many companies that do international moves. But it is very important that you choose a reliable one. International moving companies that have a price that is too good to be true are most likely not very honest. They will make you pay more sooner or later. So, if you are moving from or to Japan, for example, Japan Relocation Services is the company you can trust. Even though you might pay a bit more, you won’t face any hidden fees.

A passport on a suitcase.
Don’t bring a heavy suitcase with you to the airport.

Cheap plane tickets

The best way to save money when moving internationally is to find cheap plane tickets. And nowadays, that is very easy to do. The best way to find cheap tickets is to purchase them months in advance if possible. But you also have to know about some of the cheapest airlines. If you don’t, it is best that you start research right away. Reading travel blogs is the best way to find cheap airlines. These blogs can also tell you something about the place you are moving to. And this is actually something moving experts recommend doing. So if you are moving to the Middle East, read about things you didn’t know about living in the Middle East

But sometimes waiting until the last minute is a lifesaver when it comes to buying plane tickets. Many airlines offer very cheap tickets when there are only one or two seats available on the plane. But this is always a risky path to take, as there might not always be empty seats on the flight you were thinking about taking.

Indoor of a plane.
Last-minute tickets can be very cheap but it is always a gamble.

Prepare to be flexible with housing options

If you are moving abroad, you will have to be prepared to live somewhere you don’t want to live until you get back on your feet. If you thought you will be able to buy your dream home as soon as you move to a different country, you were wrong. A lot of people have to live in very tiny apartments after moving abroad. These apartments are usually not in very good condition or are far away from the city center. This might be hard to handle but this will only last for a while. This step will save you a lot of money. 

But sometimes, moving to a different country means you will actually be able to live in much better conditions. For example, if you are leaving Japan for another country, you will actually find these types of apartments amazing as most people in Japan live in even smaller apartments. Japan is the country with the smallest spaces to live in.

Save money in advance

Moving internationally can be very expensive. So, to give yourself some slack, start saving money months in advance. This way you will feel much more relaxed because you will know that you have enough funds in your bank account. Not having enough money is the worst stress you can have when moving in general. 

A piggy bank you will have to break if you don't know how to save money when moving internationally.
Save in order to live less stressfully.

Have a moving budget

Moving internationally isn’t very predictable when it comes to how much it will cost you. But you can get an estimate and do some calculations on your own and figure out how much money you will need approximately. This will let you know in advance how much money you need to prepare. But always have a few hundred dollars extra in case some hidden fees pop up. This is extremely important for those who are planning to start a business.

Prepare paperwork in advance

The most important part about moving internationally is paperwork. And there is plenty of it. Visas, passports, customs. Not having the necessary paperwork can either mess up your whole plan or cost you a lot of money. So, before you start packing, find out what it is that you need in order to move to the desired country.

Find a job

Moving to a new country usually means having to find a new job. So, before you move, make sure you have a job post waiting for you. This will keep your income stable and having a stable and regular income is the most important thing besides staying healthy and happy. A lot of people move to start a small business somewhere. And if that is the case with you, do proper research about the best places to start a small business. Not every business will bloom in every part of the world.

Written by Lisa Roberts