How To Retire Overseas Successfully.

Preparing Your Pre-move To Do List

When you are getting ready to move overseas all the prep can seem daunting. Make a checklist, and you can manage it rather easily. Let’s discuss some of the prep you may want to do. I made some videos about the checklist to prepare myself for the big move.

I have provided this information, in videos and vlogs, over the years but if you want it all in one easy reference I would recommend my eBook “Expat 101 – Your guide to a successful

Philippines retirement.

Only $7. Your purchase will help support the blog and YouTube channel.





Check out the whole playlist; we will cover banking, mail forwarding, what to bring (and how to ship it), phone service to the old country… all kinds of fun stuff. I will link to the videos, and give a short description of each.

I will not go into a lot of detail in this post but will be providing links to earlier blog posts and videos that do give more information. Hopefully you will find this page useful as a starting point in planning your big move!

Preparing for the move is essential, and I think this to do list is a great place to start. Here is the link to the whole playlist (7 videos). Retire To The Philippines Premove To Do List.

Full Playlist (7 Videos)

Playlist Intro.

In this video I discuss the idea behind the to do list and the importance of planning. I share some of the planning stages that worked well for me.

Playlist Intro

Visa Options and Costs

This video discusses the various visa options. I discuss some of the visa types, but mostly the tourist visa. The tourist visa is the most common visa that expats start with. I include all the immigration fees from my first year in the Philippines. The prices may have changed some since 2013 but this is still a good starting point.

Visa Options

Overseas Banking

Banking is going to be a major concern. Do you keep all your money overseas? Back in the old country? Use banks in both countries? Your situation will determine your needs. I do recommend keeping a bank in the old country, even if you use a local bank. You may need to change to a bank that understands international travel. Many expats use Citibank, HSBC, or USAA.  Make sure this bank can wire transfer money to the bank in the Philippines. 

Overseas Banking

Expat “Home” Phone Services

You can use various apps to video chat with family and friends from the old country. For banking and credit cards it is recommend to keep a “home” phone in the old country. There are numerous VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services. I use Magic Jack, it is very easy and inexpensive.

VoIP Phone SErvices

V.I.P. Very Important Paperwork

Before you move you will need to get copies of all important paperwork e.g. birth certificate, retirement info, health records etc. Remember once you get overseas it will be much harder to get some of these documents from the old country. 

Shouldn’t there have been a memo?

Mail Forwarding Services

A mail forwarding service can be very helpful, especially if you do not want to intrude on friends or family to handle you mail. I use Traveling Mailbox, but there are a lot of companies to choose from.

The postman rings twice

What To Bring & How To Ship It

You will likely not want to bring too much stuff with you, but if you are staying permanently you do want to be comfortable. I share some ideas on what to bring, what not to bring, and how to ship it here.

It’s Balikbayan Box Day!

You may also want to read a few of my blog posts made during my planning phase. Here are 3 that may be quite useful.

Things to do – making a checklist.

Mail Forwarding Services

Visa Extensions – Annual Costs

 Again, if you want all of this information in one easy to reference eBook I would recommend buying my eBook “Expat 101 – Your guide to a successful Philippines retirement.  You can read about the details of the book here

Only $7. Your purchase will help support the blog and YouTube channel.




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