We’ve just completed our third international move in three years – Australia to Tonga in 2014, Tonga to Vanuatu in 2015, and Vanuatu to Australia in 2016.
We’re getting better at it every time.
These are the tools we find really useful when moving. And they’re free!
5 Free Relocation Tools
- Evernote You might already use this program / app for notes or recipes – if not, now’s the time to do so, as these items will be accessible on two devices using the free version, wherever you are, including offline for desktop computers (not mobile devices). It’s also a great place to store scanned or photographed documents such as passports, visas and travel plans. It’s not the best place to keep credit card and other sensitive information unless your device has excellent security in place.
- Google Keep You’ll need a Google account for this one, which also gives you access to an electronic calendar, a bonus relocation tool! Google Keep is excellent for lists, such as what and when to pack, to sell, to giveaway, to change, to advise, to book. You can alter the priority of each item and list. You can personalise colours and images. When you tick an item as complete, it is crossed out and/or drops to the bottom of the list, but also can be ‘unchecked’ should you wish to re-use this list at a future time. You can set time or location reminders, share your list with others assisting you complete a list, and make copies for templates.
- Google Included in this list, as although an obvious choice, it is the very best of relocation tools. When I moved to the UK at the age of 18, the only free resource I found was the Visit Britain pamphlet package offered by the British Tourism Authority. Now I’d be able to search ‘moving from Australia to Lakes District UK’ and find many sources of information including accommodation, personal experiences, schools, tax considerations and more. Start with specific search words and follow the most relevant tangents for your situation.
- Relocation Ready Like all the examples above, this tool is free, yet highly valuable. An emailed course over five days, you’ll receive a moving to-do list, a relocation discover-list, plus tips for time prioritisation, maintaining a positive mindset and clarifying what you and those moving with you most want to achieve from this move. Plus it includes membership in an online relocation community!
- Facebook and LinkedIn Using the search box, seek out groups moving to or living in your new location, often an excellent source of tips, insights, information and second-hand goods such as cars, furniture and other household items. Search words might be ‘living in …’, ‘moving to ….’, expat, newcomers, ‘Australians in …..’ or ‘international women’.
Might these moving tools help smooth your move? Do you have others to add? Please add your thoughts below!