This post is part of a series describing an expatriation from Belgium to Ukraine. The goal of this series is to demystify the expatriation, tell our story and all the challenges we faced.
The clean-up opportunity
Since the main question when moving is “Do you need it ?”
It’s an amazing opportunity to clean-up your life of useless Stuff ! Stay open-minded about changing the way you live. Renting or sharing something with neighbor is saving time & money !
Since it’s not within Europe, there are a few possibilities : by car, by plane/train, sending boxes
Move by car
It’s a 1300 miles trip, since I’m the only driver and the roads in eastern Europe can be awful, it would require 4 nights, 10 meals on the road (as it’s a company car I have to bring it back)
470$ of gas, 130$ for room/hostel, 100$ for food, 2 day of unpaid vacation 300$ : 1000$
Move by plane/train
train is too long & expensive (more than 3 days of travel)
Plane is feasible using Wizzair which allow 3 luggage of 70 pound per person. (so above 400 pound of luggage) for 500$
Sadly Ukraine being out of EU make it very expensive to send anything. Fedex/UPS end up in hundreds for small boxes, total would be above 1000$ for a few crate (flying by plane is way cheaper at equal weight)
So our choice was between car & plane, favoring car as it would allow us to carry nearly all our stuff (with the exception of big furniture)
What to move ?
One of the main constraint is that the flat we are moving to is smaller than our current one (we will share a flat with family until we find something adequate). What we own is mostly IKEA furniture (worth a couple of thousands euros), so the move of furniture would cost us much more than what we could buy locally… So we decided to sell all furniture, rent a furnished flat & decide later what we really need.
It leave us with moving all our clothes, all baby stuff and a bit of kitchen ware.
Did you move recently ? Did you favor making it cheap or with the least trouble ?