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Announcing our guide to moving abroad as an expat

Pacific Prime is excited to announce our latest guide – The Complete Guide to Moving Abroad as an Expat. This easy-to-navigate online guide provides information on everything you need to know about moving abroad as an expatriate. As experts in expat, travel, and health insurance, we understand the difficulties that expats face when moving somewhere new. This comprehensive guide is designed to make the transition easier and less stressful.

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Why the “moving abroad as an expat” guide?

Relocating is meant to be an exciting opportunity. However, moving abroad can be a stressful and intimidating experience – especially if you are not well-prepared. Even if you are somewhat familiar with the place you are moving to, there is no denying that visiting a place and actually living there are two very different beasts.

Even though immersing yourself in new cultures and exploring a foreign country is certainly an exhilarating experience, it is also one that calls for important decisions and careful planning. All these reasons combined inspired us to create a one-stop guide for our readers, where they could become comfortable with the transition and start the planning process – before even making the big move.

Regardless of whether you’re about to move in a matter of days, or are thinking about moving somewhere new, our online guide can help.

Short on time? Check out our video below.

What does the guide cover?

The guide is divided into different categories, including:

  • Travel arrangements
  • Living
  • Finances
  • Work
  • Healthcare and health insurance

Thanks to the interactive format, you can easily click to access any section, saving time and effort when you’re looking for something specific.

Travel arrangements

With so many things to think carefully about when relocating somewhere new, it’s easy to miss some steps along the way. In this section, we provide a comprehensive relocation checklist to help with your travel arrangements. The checklist is conveniently divided into categories to make it easier to stay on top of everything. The categories include:

  • General
  • Work
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Travel
  • Health
  • Education
  • Finances


“Is the place I have in mind a place I should actually live?” is one of the most important questions you will ask yourself before relocation. To help you decide, we have created a list of things you should look for to determine whether the quality of life in your destination will make the move worthwhile, such as:

  • Education/schools
  • Safety
  • Culture and social life
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation


While there are several things you have to consider before choosing your dream location, your finances ultimately determine whether the move is even possible. Digital nomads with steady incomes, for example, will have different opportunities than a fresh graduate. What’s more, singles, couples, and families have different considerations and needs as well. This section covers:

  • How to plan your budget ahead of time
  • Cost of living for expats
  • Extra expenses
  • Banking
  • Taxes


If you’re moving on your own accord, you’re probably going to have to find work. In this section, we take a look at how you can get a job abroad before moving, business etiquette, and employee benefits considerations.

Healthcare and health insurance

One aspect of moving that people often overlook is healthcare. Even though healthcare systems vary throughout the world, the main differences between public and private healthcare facilities are universal, such as:

  • Service quality
  • Price
  • Waiting times
  • Comfort

This section also covers the cost of care in various countries, advice regarding pharmacies and medications, and discusses the different types of expat health insurance.

Want to know more?

Check out our Complete Guide to Moving Abroad as an Expat for a closer look at the points mentioned above. Our team of health insurance experts at Pacific Prime aims to consistently create content that can help our readers and keep them up-to-date on what’s happening in the insurance industry. You can refer to our guides, articles, and infographics to gain more insight into the world of insurance. Contact us if you are looking for impartial advice or a free quote today.

Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime
Jantra Jacobs is a Senior Copywriter at Pacific Prime with over 10 years of writing and editing experience. She writes and edits a diverse variety of online and offline copy, including sales and marketing materials ranging from articles and advertising copy to reports, guides, RFPs, and more.

Jantra curates and reports on the results of Pacific Prime’s monthly newsletters, as well as manages Pacific Prime’s Deputy Global CEO’s LinkedIn posts. Complemented by her background in business writing, Jantra’s passion for health, insurance, and employee benefits helps her create engaging content - no matter how complex the subject is.

Growing up as a third-culture kid has given her a multicultural perspective that helps her relate to expats and their families while 8 years of working remotely have given her unique insight into hybrid work arrangements and enthusiasm for employee benefits.
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