In exactly three weeks we will board a plane and fly halfway across the world to our new home in Sydney. Ever since we decided to make the move, it has felt like we’ve been in a constant state of planning, researching, packing and preparing. Up until now we’ve been casually checking things off our to do list and slowly cleaning out and organizing our home. Now that we are down to our last month, we’re really kicking it into high gear. We’ve checked a majority of the items off our to do list, but what is left (mostly packing and making final arrangements for Mae) seems like the most daunting of the tasks.
To give folks an idea of what has gone into our move preparations and to provide some useful information for those who might stumble across this blog in preparation of their own move abroad, here is our general TO DO LIST:
Our preparations have been very much simplified by the fact that Matt’s work is making many of the arrangements for us. They applied for and are processing our 457 visas, they procured private health insurance for us with BUPA (a private Australian healthcare company), and they applied for our Global Entry. They would have booked our flights and short-term accommodations too, but I wanted to be able to pick those out myself, so we are just getting reimbursed for them. Having a relocation budget has also meant that we can splurge on extras like hiring a pet relocation consultant.
Nonetheless, we’ve still had to do tons of research and planning. And in the next couple of weeks we are going to have to fit our entire life into a handful of boxes and suitcases. Wish us luck!