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How to Cope with Culture Shock When Moving Internationally

No matter where you’re from or where you move to, experiencing culture shock is a very real thing that you should prepare for wherever you go. If you’re an experienced traveller, you might think you won’t experience culture shock once you put down roots somewhere, but no one is immune to the pitfalls we can...
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How to Prepare for an International Move

Moving Day Preparation  The day is finally here! You’re finally moving overseas and are about to embark on a whole new life in another country! Exciting times are ahead of you, but unfortunately, you have to get through the process of actually getting all of your things overseas before you can start exploring.    No...
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10 Ways to Prepare Your Home Before Moving Internationally

When you’ve just bought a new home, and especially if you’ve just purchased your first home, it can be incredibly easy to get swept up in the excitement and want to move in immediately. However, it’s important to take your time with this process, and make sure your home is as ready for you as...
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Out of State Moving Checklist

If you find yourself moving to a new state, you might be wondering how to properly prepare yourself and your household. Moving out of state is an in depth process that requires a lot of preparation and planning to pull off in a organized and efficient fashion. As long as you stay organized and don’t...
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Is it Safe to Move in Winter? Everything You Need to Know

Though the height of moving season is usually around April-September, it’s not completely unusual to find yourself having to move during the winter months. However, if you’re having some reservations as to how practical or even doable it is to move during the winter months, we’ve got everything you need to plan and pull off...
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5 Tips for a Successful Last Minute Move

There can be a lot of reasons why you might find yourself suddenly having to pull off a successful last minute move. Whether it’s sudden job opportunities in other towns, states, or even countries, relocating or transferring unexpectedly for your existing job, not wanting to renew your lease, or just general unhappiness with your current...
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Packing 101: How to Keep Yourself On Time & On Task

Not many people would consider themselves to be ‘excited’ to pack up all of their things and then unpack everything. Many dread it. However, the easiest way to make packing go quickly and seamlessly is to keep yourself motivated and organized. Packing doesn’t have to be boring, stressful and tedious – get motivated and get...
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International Moving Book Packing Guide

Books are something most people have in their home, and are easy to acquire one too many of. In fact, you might not notice you have as many books are you do until you have to move all of them. This is especially true for academics, researchers, and scientists who may need to move internationally....
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International Move Prep: What To Leave Behind

When conducting a move, especially an international move, you should take stock of your belongings and sort what to get rid of before you go. This will save you the headache of needing to sort your belongings after you settle into your new home. A big issue in this is knowing what to pack and...
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What Should I Do With My Moving Boxes?

Are you coming out of a move and are now left with a plethora of empty boxes you have no use for? Do you feel bad for throwing away so many boxes, but don’t know how else you would put them to use? Are you asking yourself, “what should I do with my moving boxes?”....
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What’s Better for a Move: Plastic Containers or Cardboard Boxes?

When tackling a move, it can be hard to know which container is best for keeping your items safe, away from the elements, and the most moving-friendly. Nobody wants to pick up a box or container full of fragile things and have the bottom give out or lid break or just have everything fall apart....
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What to Look for When Hiring Chicago Movers

If you’re moving to or from a city or a high-rise apartment, getting your things to or from your new location can be a lot more complicated than suburban moving. To keep your spirits high and your stress levels low, it’s important to find movers who are well experienced and equipped for city moves.  ...
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How to Move to a New City Solo

Moving anywhere by yourself for the first time can be a stressful and emotional experience – never mind moving by yourself to an entirely new city. This is especially true if you are moving internationally – for business or as an expat. You’ll experience feelings of apprehension, anxiety, nervousness and of being overwhelmed. It won’t...
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Moving From Chicago This Summer? Here’s How to Stay Calm & Cool

As summer reaches its height, people are gathering around the world to barbeque, go on vacation, hike, bike and take advantage of the hot temperatures and energy that the season brings. Especially after an especially dismal COVID-19 winter, many people are feeling more invigorated than ever to have fun and get out in the sun....
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Avoid Moving Scams: What to Look For & How to Hire Reliable Chicago Movers

As many people continue to work from home, international relocations are on the rise. In your search for reliable Chicago movers to help you move abroad, you may find websites and receive quotes from fraudulent moving companies. It’s more important than ever to do your research and hire a moving company with an excellent reputation,...
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Tips and Tricks to Take the Stress Out of Your Chicago International Move

International moving can be really stressful – especially during the summer. There’s a constant anxiety as you begin packing everything that you’ll run out of time, or pack something too early and have to unpack everything to use it again. Once everything is packed up, there’s that feeling that you’ve forgotten something. On top of...
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How to Pack Fragile Items for Moving Overseas

Knowing what and how to pack your things can be a confusing and stressful process in order to make sure everything stays safe and sound. This feeling is only exacerbated when packing fragile items, like glasses, antiques, or porcelain. When you are moving overseas you need to take extra precautions since your belongings will be...
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Out Now: 2020 Move For Hunger Allied Van Lines Impact Report

by Ryan Cox on Mar 2, 2021 People purge a lot of things when they move, including perfectly good food. More than 50 million Americans face hunger every day and on top of that, 40% of the food produced in the U.S. every year is wasted. Move for Hunger offers a sustainable solution to this...
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Moving Overseas? Here’s What You Need to Know

Allied International is your connection from Chicago to the rest of the world. We are Chicago international movers with expertise that can get you anywhere across the globe. Our team of experts are second to none when it comes to international relocation. We have experience moving customers to every imaginable destination. Curious to know more...
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International Moving FAQs: Your Questions Answered Part One

We know that international moving can be daunting, and that you probably have many questions on your mind. In part one of our FAQ series, we will look at questions that you may have before your move, during the planning process.   Questions Asked Before the Move   Q: What time of the year is...
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How to Prepare for an International Move

Moving internationally can be an extremely stressful undertaking. There are so many different details that you will need to plan ahead for. The best way to plan ahead is to do extensive research, and to hire an international moving company to help you with the details that you may otherwise not think of yourself. Here...
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COVID Moving Trends: Where are People Relocating?

The pandemic has caused many Americans to take stock of their lives. While moving in general was a big theme of 2020 and early 2021, moving internationally has also become increasingly popular. A greater percentage of Americans have moved abroad in the past year. Many news publications have explored this moving trend including The Washington...
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The Most Moved-To Cities in the World

The post-COVID world is beginning to look a lot differently than it looked before. Moving trends suggest that many people are fleeing dense urban cities around the world for smaller cities and rural places. Take a look at this list of the top 25 cities that expats are moving to since the start of 2020....
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