Relocating Internationally on Your Own Dollar


Moving to or from Hong Kong is an opportunity of a lifetime but it’s no secret that it can be costly. If you plan properly, there is no reason why finances should get in the way of making a successful new life in another country. The key is to give yourself enough time to cover all your bases to ensure you’re using your resources as effectively as possible.

Make a Budget

To get started, you will need to have a budget in place. This is not only for the cost of your move but also for your everyday expenses. Every dollar counts and you’re probably spending money unnecessarily without even noticing. Create a spreadsheet and include all your outgoings. This will help you identify areas where you can cut costs. Next, think about all the expenses that the move will incur. This will include anything from flights and accommodation to meals while you are in transit. Be thorough and realistic about how much money you will need. It is always better to overestimate than to ran out of money at the last minute.

Compare Flights

Ideally, you should plan you move six months in advance. This might seem like a very long time but there will be plenty to do and half a year will likely go by faster than you expect. Buying your plane tickets months in advance will ensure you get a cheaper deal. Use comparison travel websites and make the most of your baggage allowance. Winter in Hong Kong tends to be mild, so you can pack your summer clothes and light jackets.

Trust Shipping Experts

You won’t be able to fit everything you need into your baggage allowance, so you need to consider your shipping options. Once you have sold or given away any unwanted belongings, it is time to start to obtain moving quotes.

Allied Pickfords offers a door-to-door service to save you the trouble of picking up your items from the local port. We also take care of all the paperwork involved in customs clearance, which can cause unnecessary delays if not completed properly. The time we can save you will be extremely valuable when you are settling into your new home.


Ideally, you should arrange short-term accommodation before you arrive. Looking for somewhere to live from a distance can be quite difficult, so you might need to book a hotel room until you find permanent lodgings. You will have to be practical and look for a place with a kitchenette and the basic amenities you require to be comfortable. Renting a furnished property can make things easier when all your possessions are packed up in storage. If you are moving alone, it might be worth looking at house-sharing options.


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