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Moving Tips for First-Time Expats

International moving is an intimidating process for anyone, no matter if you’ve done so before or if you’re looking into moving overseas for the first-time. For first-time expats, it’s also easy to get caught up in the excitement of moving abroad, while not taking enough time to actually give yourself enough time to make the...
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Best Countries to Move to for Retirement

If you’re looking to retire soon in your dream location, or are looking for a change of scenery to enjoy your retirement years in, you’ve got a ton of amazing options around the world to choose from for your international relocation.    Retirement is the perfect time to live your international moving dream and to...
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What are the Benefits of Moving Abroad? 

Making the decision to move overseas and leave your life in the United States behind isn’t an easy one, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, you’ve got a lot of guts and courage to make a big transition like this! If you’re considering a move abroad but aren’t quite sure yet, you might wonder...
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How to Prepare for International Moving in 2022

Over the past couple of years, rates of Americans moving overseas have increased in what’s thought to be correlated to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that borders have opened up again, those with cabin fever or who became unhappy with their living situations over the past couple of years have looked for a fresh start abroad. ...
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How to Move to the Netherlands for Expats

As one of the most popular countries to move to for expats, the Netherlands is known for its hospitality to foreigners, high standard of living, beautiful scenery, and opportunities for international workers. Particularly, the widely-loved capital city of Amsterdam provides a huge draw for international job seekers in its burgeoning tech and finance industries.   ...
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Moving Internationally with Pets? How to Keep Your Pet Safe While Moving Abroad

When tackling an international move with pets, and already at-times complicated process can become even more so, and you need to have the right planning in place to not only make sure that your pet is comfortable and taken care of throughout the entire process but to make sure that they have everything they need...
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Why You Should Consider Greece for an International Move

Is Greece the next big expat haven or destination? For many looking for a balance between busy, bustling cities, beautiful beaches, and lush mountainsides and landscapes, Greece offers nearly everything you could want. From its tourist-friendly islands to huge mountain ranges, vibrant cities, and incredible history, this country has a ton to offer travelers and...
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Best Destinations for International Summer Jobs

With summer just around the corner, people might be feeling the urge to get a move on as temperatures heat up.    The upcoming season makes for the perfect weather and conditions to embark on the international move you’ve always wanted to embark on, and finding a great international job for the summer could very...
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How to Pack Clothes for International Moving

Planning on moving abroad soon? If you’re headed overseas soon, odds are you’re probably stressed about packing your clothes, and whether you can pack efficiently or even take all of your things with you in the first place. When it comes to learning how to pack clothes for moving abroad, there are certain things to...
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How to Choose International Movers for Your Next Relocation

Whether you’re gearing up to move yourself, your family, or even your business, there’s a lot that goes into an international move. No matter if your move is big or small, the process of moving overseas can be incredibly overwhelming, and you might not even know where to start when it comes to preparing properly...
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Where to Live in Italy for Expats?

Getting sick of the United States, or looking for a change of scenery or occupation in another country? Italy could be a great place for you to discover yourself and what other countries have to offer you. Italy certainly offers expats a change of pace and lifestyle from that of the United States, and will...
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How to Move Your Car Overseas

If you’re about to tackle a big international move, you might be wondering how best to move particularly bulky items. From pool tables to cars, moving these items overseas can be hard to coordinate if you don’t have the right international movers or moving services on your side.    The Right International Auto Moving Company...
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The Ultimate Moving Abroad Checklist

Wondering how to move abroad in 2022? Allied International is here to help with everything you need to know about moving permanently to another country. Though moving abroad is a huge decision many may find intimidating, becoming an expat and living in another country holds a lot of appeal and possibility that a lot of...
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Should You Move to Ireland This Year? 

We’ve all heard about the lore of Ireland – lively pubs and nightlife, lush countrysides, and amazing history. With friendly locals and plenty to do across the weather (not to mention the temperate year-round, though rainy, weather), Ireland seems like an idyllic land removed from the hustle and bustle of many American cities.    If...
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Best Places to Live in Spain for Expats

Looking for a change of scenery of lifestyle in 2022, and considering Spain for your big move? Spain is a hugely sought after destination for Expats around the world, and it’s not hard to figure out why. From its more laid back lifestyle, rich history and beautiful scenery, Spain could be just the right spot...
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Best Cities to Live in Germany

Heading abroad this year? If you’re interested in heading to Germany this year, you wouldn’t be alone. This country is extremely beautiful, has amazing, low-cost (or free!) education, great job opportunities, and plenty to see and do. It’s also very American-friendly, though its Visa regulations can often be rather strict. However, if you’re looking for...
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What to Know as an American Moving to Bangkok, Thailand

If you’re like a lot of Americans, you’re looking to pull off an international move in 2022, and see what life abroad has to offer you!  One of the most popular countries for Americans to move to is Thailand, a beautiful country known for its low cost of living, beautiful beaches, and hospitality. If you’re...
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Tips for International Moving in 2022

As we get farther into 2022, you might be looking more and more into moving abroad – especially if your job has gone permanently remote! With more and more people able to work from anywhere in the world, many are taking advantage of this and are headed to destinations they’ve only dreamed of living in...
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Best Countries to Move to in 2022

As more and more people transition to working from home permanently amidst the ongoing pandemic, a lot of people have been eyeing other countries as somewhere to make a home for themselves. In this article we will look at some of the best reasons to move overseas, and some of the best countries to move...
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Sick of the Winter Cold? Best Islands to Move to for Americans

If you’re living in a cooler climate in the United States, and are either sick of dealing with the ice and snow, or are just looking to move to a place with weather better suited for you, you might have wistfully considered moving to an island and living your dream beach lifestyle at one point....
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What are the Best Countries for Expats?

When looking ahead to the new year, you might be considering making a big move abroad, or otherwise relocating for a period of time. If you’re thinking of making the move overseas, you’ll want to do a lot of thorough research regarding which country you think you’d like to move to, when, and how. Moving...
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Top 10 Best Cities to Retire in Europe

If you’ve recently retired, you’re probably pondering your options as to whether to start traveling, stay in your current home, or finally move to the country you’ve always dreamed of. If you’re looking to move to an entirely new destination abroad and are wondering what the friendliest places in Europe are for American retirees, we’ve...
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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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