Thelma has lived and worked for almost three years in the Republic of Ireland as a spa wellness massage therapist.
It was a very long time ago when my husband and I decided to move to Ireland. It was in the spring of 2008. It was a plan whom we both agreed to do for a change. We both loved Ireland that we went there for a holiday more often than we went to my home country Philippines.
Ireland is devided into 2 parts, the RepublicIreland and Northern Ireland which belongs to United Kingdom (UK). English is the common language as it was a colony of the British Empire before Ireland turned into a republic, although some Gaeltacht areas speak the old Gaelic language.
Ireland is a beautiful country with all the shades of green in the landscapes. There are lots of mountains, cliffs, lakes, rivers, beaches and the nature is very awesome to look at. Ireland is also called Emerald Country because it´s green landscapes resembles the emerald stone.
County Mayo Landscapes, Ireland
Advice on Moving to or from Ireland
1. Know Ireland first
- Visit Ireland or the country you've planned to move to first before you think of giving up your things, flat, house, jobs, relatives and friends.
- It´s best when you rent a cottage or a flat for a few weeks in a town or city you would like to live in.
- Rent a car or bring your car with you (if it´s possible) in this holiday for you need it as there might be only a few buses a day to commute, unless you will stay in a city or you will buy a car there.
- Try to live as if you are really a local person not a tourist.
- Shop where the local people shop.
- Make a list of how much the rent of a house or a flat, the petrol, electricity, heater or maybe turfand of course the drinks and the food that you need, cost weekly. Weekly because the rent of a flat or a house in Ireland are usually paid weekly, unless you will want to move in a country where rents and bills are usually monthly paid.
- Inform yourself if you can find a job near the place you want to stay. How much the salary and so on.
- Communicate with the locals and know how they live. The Irish are helpful and friendly people. I´m sure you will easily find a friend. If you want to move to France or other countries, know how the people are by communicating with them.
- Know the weather in a country you are planning to move to. Irish weather is tough in winter, so try making this holiday in summer time like May or June. Bring a raincoat with you, it will always come handy to you as Ireland has many weathers in a day.
Ireland Travel Guide
Ireland travel guide is a must in travelling to Ireland. It is a very informative book which is very useful to know the country, its places and its people.
2. Evaluate and Rethink
- Now that you have come back from Ireland or from the other country you intend to move to, think and rethink what you have learned from living there for a few weeks.
- Weight the positive and the negative things that you learned from your holiday.
- Evaluate what you have learned.
- Do you really like to live inIreland, France, Italy, Asia or in America? If so, prepare for the next steps.
- Allow yourself a few months for the preparation of your moving out of your country.
3. Prepare your important papers for moving to and from Ireland
- Write or call the Irish Foreign Affairs or the Foreign Affairs of your chosen country, in your country and ask what important papers you need for moving, like Passport, Visa and Working Permit.
- Visit the website of the country you want to move to or the Irish Foreign Affairs. There you can find lots of important information regarding your plan.
- Check your Passport if it is still valid. If you are a member of European Community, you don´t need a visa but to be sure of, ask the Irish Foreign Affairs or any other country of your choice. It´s sometimes enough to bring your identity card, but do bring your Passport just in case you need it. If you want to move to Asia, America, etc. ask their respected Foreign Affairs.
- Check your vaccination papers or brochure in case you need it in your travel.
- Have a Malaria, Tetanus, Hepatitis or any vaccination you need from your doctor before moving to other countries like Asia. I don't think you need vaccination for yourself in going to Ireland. Just check if your medicine you are currently taking is available in the country you want to move to.
- If you have young children moving with you, it´s better to move to other countries when the school year is over. Remember, they need their school cards with them to enroll in the new schools. They need identity cards or passports and vaccinations, too. Bring them and yourself to the doctor for your health check-up. Let them bring their favorite things like a toy or a stuffed bear with them. It will comfort them in times of having home sickness.
- If you have a dog or any kind of pet, visit your veterinarian and ask him or her what you need to do. Visit the Bureau of Animals website of the country you are going to, call them or write an email regarding what your dog needs for your moving to Ireland or other country.
- Don´t forget to bring money and credit cards with you. You don´t have to give up your bank account. You can open a new bank account in the new country you are in.
Note: Research, research and research is one key of a successful moving to or from Ireland.
Moving to Ireland, Book
Before moving to Ireland we did a lot of research and we bought a travel guide book similar to this. I am very sure that this book is not only very handy for the travel but one can know some practical guides on how to be with the Irish and understanding about their culture and tradition.
4. Selling/Giving up your house or flat
- This is a hard thing to do especially if you are not the one who really want to go but you have to when it´s the job of your husband or wife that forces you to move to or from Ireland.
- You don´t have to sell your house or your flat if you know that you only have to live in Ireland or other country for a few years. You can let your house or flat for the years you are away.
- If you have a rented flat then you can give it up to save the money for your own use.
5. What about the things, furniture, etc...
- You can bring the things with you by sending them with a logistic company or by renting a lorry.
- You can sell some things by having a garage sale or sell them at the flea market.
- You can rent a storage room where you can store your things and furniture just in case you are not sure yet what you want to do or you want to come back after those years in Ireland or other country.
6. Giving up your job
- Don´t give up your job unless you are sure of moving to Ireland or other country.
- Find job offers through internet and apply for it while you are still preparing for your transfer. It´s good when there´s already a job waiting for you though you can apply a job when you are in your new "home". Bring all your important papers that you might need for applying for a job.
7. Itenerary for the travel
- When your papers are ready and you have arranged the date of your last day at work, you can set the date of your move to Ireland or to your chosen country.
- Check any ticket offers either by plane or by a ferry crossing to and from Ireland. If you bring your car with you and drive with a ferry crossing the Irish Sea, you can bring some of your things you need.
- If you fly to Ireland or from Ireland to move to other country, you are only allowed 1 luggage and a hand carry with you, however you can rent a lorry or let a logistic company bring your things like furniture to the place you are moving. It might be expensive, so why not think of renting a furnished flat?
8. Saying Goodbye
- Saying goodbye is not as easy as we think of it, especially if those people are close family or friends.
- Have a little farewell party with your close family and friends. Enjoy the party as you will not see them for a long time.
Happy Trip! Have a Good New Life!
Map of Ireland
You need to have a travel map in going to Ireland. It is a must so you will not get lost and waste money and time in your travel. There are lots of small streets and ways in going to some places specially when you go off the beaten track places.