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5 Ways to Prepare for Self-Quarantine During an International Move

May 19th, 2020 Comments off

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COVID-19 is changing a lot about the way we live. When it comes to travel many are under a directive to self-quarantine or self-isolate when they return from abroad or after a move. When you’re returning ‘home’ from travel, it’s likely that you have a pantry full of some basic staples, knowledge of local delivery services, and a network of friends and family to help drop off essentials until you’ve finished your time in solitude. When you’re charting new territory in an international move toward your new home, there are added challenges and barriers. This is where the Scout Motto to always “Be Prepared” comes in handy. Here are five tips to help prepare for mandatory self quarantine during your international move.

Find Out the Rules & Timing for Self-Isolation

Many places require people, even those with no symptoms, go into a mandatory period of self-isolation of at least 14 days upon entering the country. This often includes a quarantine that cannot involve staying with those deemed a part of vulnerable communities (i.e. over 65 or those who have underlying medical conditions). For those who do not have an adequate place to self-isolate, they may contact the head public health officer in the country they are travelling to in order to find an appropriate place to hunker down. For those who are entering the country as front-line workers, connect with officials to determine what rules are applicable for you and your family. Should you begin to show any symptoms of COVID-19 during your self-isolation period and beyond, notify the appropriate health officials immediately.

Know How To Travel From The Airport

Much like the game of Monopoly, when you arrive in your new country you must go directly into self isolation; you can’t stop and pick up supplies on your way there, nor can you entertain guests. Many countries do not allow for those travelling from the airport to take public transit to their new home, but instead you must take an approved mode of transportation (usually a taxi) and you will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face-covering while travelling to the place where you will self-quarantine. Find out the rules in advance and follow them!

Get The Basics

By ensuring that you arrive with a cell phone with reception you can prepare for other potential obstacles, like it taking a day or two or for your internet or home phone to get connected. Attempt to make arrangements for internet, phone, cable etc. to be set up before you arrive. Work with a reputable international mover to ensure your packed essentials arrive on a schedule that will work for you. If your move is for work you can have someone from your organization head to your place to test this out on your behalf, and have contact with the appropriate internet service providers since you won’t be able to once you arrive, for several weeks. In addition to this, that co-worker may also be able to drop off the items required to allow you to begin work remotely, since you won’t be permitted to go into work for some time in most instances.

Order Food Like A Pro

Research delivery services before you leave and, if you can, place your order before your move to ensure that the items will arrive on your doorstep just in time. More and more grocery stores and delivery services are making contactless delivery a part of their services. If all else fails, pizza delivery will have to do, just be sure to let the people know that you are in self-quarantine and they’ll need to knock, leave the food, and go.

Staying Social, Together Alone

This is where having a working internet connection is important. Just because you can’t see people face-to-face for some time, it doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in touch. Utilize networking sites like Facetime, Zoom Meetings, and Facebook Video to keep connected with friends and family, while you isolate. Use online gaming platforms to keep up with a weekly card game, Words With Friends, or other virtual games to stay in touch and engaged with the outside world. If all else fails, never underestimate the power of a phone call.

Stay healthy, safe and take care of each other!

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert​

We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228. ​

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Tips For Moving To Hong Kong & Other Major International Destinations

May 4th, 2020 Comments off

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Is the distance of Hong Kong, but familiarity of a major city calling you abroad? Maybe you’re from a smaller town and the buzz of living in a big metropolis appeals to you. Whether it’s a major move for work or an item on a bucket list that has you looking into an international move to a big city, many of the same tips will apply. London, Hong Kong, New York, and beyond, here are five simple tips to help you manage your international move to any major city in the world.

Set Your Moving Date & Then Plan Backwards​

An international move has a lot of steps. Time and organization will be the best way to ensure your move goes smoothly. This will allow you to budget time and money and create a plan that will allow you to pack up and move, and still have plenty of time to visit with friends and family before you set off for your new home. Hire a reputable mover to help you pack, store, and send your items to your new destination within your budget and timeline.

Big City Equals Smaller Home​

Big cities are known for great nightlife and entertainment; however, they aren’t known for spacious living arrangements. The average size of an apartment in Hong Kong is just over 600 square feet, 495 for a London flat, and in Japan micro apartments that are roughly 100 square feet each are on the rise. This means you’ll want to cull items before you leave – donate, store, and only move essential items that you know you’ll need.​

Big City Budgeting

It costs more money to live in a big city than a small town. ‘Big opportunity’ comes with high costs of housing, food, and transportation. Make sure that your budget allows for some room for unexpected expenses and the ‘big city tax’ needed to survive and thrive. Business Insider ranked the most expensive cities to live in around the world in 2019. Cities included in this list were: LA, Tel Aviv, New York, Copenhagen, Seoul, Osaka, Geneva, Zurich, and Hong Kong.​

Job Hunt In Advance

If you don’t already have a job offer in hand it may be more difficult to obtain a work permit. It never hurts to hit the job boards before you move and get a few applications out before you’re unpacking at your new home. If you are employed, work with your employer well in advance to ensure there are no hiccups in obtaining a work visa before you leave home.​

Research Your City

Look into housing items and neighbourhoods to figure out what you can afford, and map transit options to and from your work to make sure they’re convenient and logistically possible to fit in with your schedule. Look into weather on a month by month basis to figure out which items you need to pack to wear straight away, which items you’ll need to purchase, and which you can ship to arrive after you’ve settled in.​

Moving During COVID-19​

There are various rules and restrictions that vary country to country, region to region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check in with your mover, employer, airline, and embassies to ensure that you are apprised of any changes or regulations that may impact the timing of your international move. Rely on the expertise and networks of a professional mover to ensure that your move is as smooth as possible during these uncertain times, so adjustments can be made to get your items to you as quickly and safely as possible. Stay healthy!​

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert​
We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228. ​

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How COVID-19 May Impact Your International Move

April 14th, 2020 Comments off

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Health, safety, and ever-changing rules and precautions are at the front of everyone’s mind in the face of COVID-19. The moving industry is considered an essential service, and as such management and workers are doing what they can to ensure timely and safe moves during this uncertain time. Here are 5 things you need to know about how COVID-19 may impact your move.

What Your Mover Is Doing

Important sanitation and distancing measures have been put into place to help protect customers and staff. Your mover is continually monitoring COVID-19 responses and regulations from all health agencies and governments from around the world and is responding accordingly as the situation unfolds.

Reduction of Services & Limited Options

There is a reduction of services, whether it’s reduced staffing to comply with social distancing measures or limited resources in packaging. This means local moves may involve smaller crews and options may be pared down for international moves, depending on how particular countries have responded and adjusted to COVID-19. Professional international movers have a solid network around the world to help negate any delays for their clients.

Some Businesses Have Chosen To Close

As of the date of the posting of this blog most regions have ruled that moving companies and our supply and storage facilities are essential services and treated as such, are ready to serve their clients. While most movers are still operating, it is a good idea to make contact to find out how COVID-19 will impact your international mover as some movers have chosen to temporarily shutter their business. Increased regulations surrounding borders and shipping, as well as limited staffing, may impact when items will arrive. Orbit International Moving Logistics Limited remains open to meet your international moving needs.

Border Limitations

It is recommended that you investigate whether you are permitted to travel to the country of your move, prior to setting out. Several countries, including Canada, have a list of travel exemptions which may apply to you and your move, provided you are deemed to be travelling for an essential purpose. Those moving for work will want to communicate with their company regarding any potential delays of your transfer and how it will impact your resettlement. Within North America cross-border transportation of goods including household movers are not currently undergoing any additional restrictions beyond needing an I-94 to show that they are transporting goods for an approved move. It is recommended that those crossing the border into the US for work have a valid work permit to ensure their entry.

Prepare for Change

Just like anything else surrounding COVID-19, impacts and restrictions are changing each day. Many people arriving in a new country will need to remain in self-quarantine for some time after their arrival and this may impact their ability to pick up their items from storage facilities. Rely on the expertise and networks of a professional mover to ensure that your move is as smooth as possible during these uncertain times, so adjustments can be made to get your items to you as quickly and safely as possible. Stay healthy!

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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How to Choose the Best International Moving Company

March 30th, 2020 Comments off

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One of the best ways to save time is to outsource to experts, particularly something as complicated as a national or international move. Selecting the best company for your move will ensure the right fit and that everything arrives where you want it, when you want, and within your budget.

Look at Referrals

If your relocation has to do with work, see if they have a preferred company they use and ask to connect with someone else within the firm to get their feedback on whether they’d recommend the company. Expanding asks for referrals from online forums about personal moves as well as your social network can be a good starting point for getting connected to international movers. In addition to that, you can always turn to a Google search to see which movers specialize in your needs.

Price Comparison

The rule of three applies to securing quotes. Ensure that you seek out comprehensive quotes from at least three moving companies to get a handle on what is standard for services offered and prices. Read the fine print to make sure what’s being offered is the same, and that you’re getting coverage for the specialty services most important to you, i.e. packing and movement of musical instruments and customs for an international move.

Get Started Early

The early bird gets the worm. Starting earlier will give you the most flexibility with the best movers and will allow you to avoid additional surcharges for a rushed move. The best moving companies can provide you with a detailed checklist to help streamline your move and ease your stress levels.
Dotting the I’s & Crossing the T’s
The best movers will have license accreditations and memberships to showcase that they meet industry-wide standards. The FIDI (Federation of International Movers) is an industry standard for the top movers around the world. Other acronyms to look for include FMC, AMSA, IAM, DOT, OTI, and NVOCC. Ask your movers where they have affiliations, and while you’re at it investigate their insurance policies to ensure you’re covered should something get lost, broken, or damaged during your move. Look at reviews from people who have run into trouble in their move and how the company responded and resolved the situation when things went wrong.

Tracking

We live in the age of information. Find out if you can get real time tracking from your company to ensure you know where your packages are throughout the process. Many people find that selecting a mover with this service puts their mind at ease.

Buyer Beware

If your quote seems too good to be true it may be. Verify the company’s address and how long they’ve been in business to ensure they are a legitimate mover. Because you have researched several quotes, you’ll have a good idea what is industry standard for your move in terms of deposit and timeline and will be able to make an informed decision. Businesses who have years of experience under their belt have the expertise and contacts to help make your move as smooth as possible, and a proven track record.
Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert
We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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Finding & Selecting The Right Type Of Moving Company For Your Overseas Move

February 27th, 2020 Comments off

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They say that variety is the spice of life, but if you’re in the middle of sorting a move overseas, odds are you must make a lot of decisions, quickly. The good news is the research provided below can give you the information you need to decide on what type of moving company to hire, to move your home. If you didn’t even know there were different types of international moving businesses, no need to worry. Today we’re going to break down the types, differences, and pros and cons so you can make an informed decision.

Domestic Movers

These are usually big, brand name movers who specialize within your country. If your move is from coast to coast, they may be your best bet in terms of reliability and cost, however, it may be a stretch to see how they work in terms of international moving capabilities. If they are expanding their services to an international move be sure to check their track record and reviews specifically related to your move destination.

Online Movers

Online quote comparison companies have become the bread and butter of travel and that includes a sizable move. These sites can, at the push of a button, provide you with a series of quotes from various movers to help you find the best price. Unfortunately, there is no way to know if what you’re being presented is the cream of the crop or not. Buyer beware, investigate the credentials of these companies
to ensure that, even if they have a deal with the search engine to help get customers, your decision is also based on a solid reputation.

Niche Movers

If you need to move your car or, say, a grand piano as a part of your work as a concert pianist, you will likely want to hire a niche mover who has experience in your specific moving needs. Often you will hire this mover for a specific portion of your move. Car transportation and speciality moving companies will likely be one of the movers you hire in combination with others should you require this service.

Baggage Shipment Company

Perhaps you’re a minimalist or a poor student moving overseas with not much more than a giant backpack and a few boxes of necessities. This maybe your best option to get what you need to your new home. Some are wary of the timing of the arrival of these items, so you’ll want to ensure the estimated date of arrival (plus a small buffer of extra time) just in case. You’ll want to skip this type of company for a bigger, more complex move.

Specialized International Mover

A company that specializes in international moves has the expertise to navigate all the ins and outs of even the most complicated move to the most remote destination. They can offer a wide range of services and often offer packing services to reduce the number of containers you use. Larger international moving companies may lack some of the handholding required if you need this for your major move. The best of both worlds could be an independent moving company that is a part of a larger network to give you optimum flexibility and choice.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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Moving abroad? How to pick a reliable international removal company

February 18th, 2020 Comments off


So, you’ve decluttered, donated, and moved all the items you no longer need into storage in preparation of your big overseas move? Even if you haven’t gotten that far, it’s never too early to start planning, to ensure that things run smoothly for your international move.

Part of this process is deciding on a reliable international removal (moving) company that will make your transition as seamless as possible. Here are some tips on picking a reliable international moving company.

Get Started Early

It will take some time to get quotes and decide. To get an accurate quote each company will likely send an assessor to your home to give you a calculation of what needs to be packed, along with recommendations on how it should travel (i.e. air, freight, etc.).

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

To get good idea of price ranges and expertise, many recommend reaching out to at least three international movers to get comparable quotes. This will allow you to consider items beyond price, like years in the business, online reviews, and recommendations, along with pricing considerations. Remember, a small discount won’t mean much to you if all your worldly belongings are delayed by days, weeks, or even months beyond what was promised. If you have a lot of breakable, vintage, or antique items to move, make sure you get some quotes from international movers with the specialty you require. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and search online to cast your net wide and get a variety of quotes.

Connect With Your Employer

If your international move is related to your job, check in with your employer. Often, they will have ongoing relationships with international removal companies and sometimes they will pay for this move as a part of your relocation. This will make your decision process a lot easier. If they don’t have such an arrangement consider reaching out to a handful of other employees who have recently undergone such a move to find out which company they went with and their thoughts on whether or not they’d recommend the company to someone else, like you!

Compare Apples To Apples

Make sure when you analyse pricing differences that you are comparing comparable services. For example, a price comparison between companies that pack containers for you and both ship by boat will provide a direct comparison. Read the small print on all quotes to find out about additional charges that may be separate from the initial quote. Ensure that you are satisfied with who you select surrounding their connections when clearing customs and their insurance coverage should anything get lost, damaged, or destroyed during the process.

Let them Pack For You

No matter how good you are at packing a carryon for your vacation, odds are you don’t have years of experience filling shipping containers for an international move. Outsourcing the task of packing to experts will save you time, reduce the number of containers used, and reduce your overall stress levels, because moving to a new country is stressful enough, even without the packing.

Go With Your Gut

A company that can deliver within your required timeline will make your move infinitely easier.Trust your instincts and select the company that gives you the most confidence. Once you have made your decision, recognize that you’re in good hands. Now you should have plenty of time to do other important things before your move, like visiting friends and family.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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10 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN HIRING AN INTERNATIONAL MOVING COMPANY

February 11th, 2020 Comments off

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An international move is a big deal. Therefore, you need to make sure you hire the right company. This comprehensive list of questions will help you research your move thoroughly and hire the right team for your specific relocation and personal budget. ​

How Long Have You Been In Business?​​

No one wants to hire a moving company with an unproven track record. A company with years in the business provides peace of mind that they’ve been able to successfully move people over the years and adapt with the times to offer tested services that continue to work.​

Some companies will work with other companies to help them with different legs of certain journeys. Ask in advance if the company you’re hiring will be handling each leg of the journey, or if some of it will be outsourced, and to who?​

Can You Share Some Testimonials?​​

There’s a reason why people like referrals so much; it’s an authentic person who is willing to share their experience. Ask and look for genuine reviews from people who have hired for the same move you require. Look at all the reviews. If there was a problem, see how it was resolved, as this is just as important as a seamless move. ​

What Shipping Services Are Available?​​

Get all the information and costing for the various types of moving before deciding. Depending on the move, items will be moved by land, air, or ship. More complex moves could involve a combination of these modes of transportation. Make sure that you have all the information at hand so you can make an informed decision on accurate pricing and services offered. Find out about item tracking and whether you can monitor your items during the journey to your new home. ​

What Are Your Specialties?​​

Different moves require different expertise. If you’re someone moving a large volume of breakable items, you want to know that the company you’re working with has successfully moved such items without incident. ​
All companies should be experienced in moving common items like furniture, clothes, books, and appliances, but if you need your car moved, be sure to ask if the company has experience in this type of move. The same goes for moving art, antiques, or the family pet. ​

What Kind Of Insurance Do You Have?​​

Insurance is important should something on the move break, get damaged, or lost. No one wants to think about these possibilities, but reputable movers will have comprehensive insurance that will replace anything necessary should the worst happen. Verify the maximum insurance amount and that it will cover the value of what you’re moving. Make sure the insurance covers your items from door to door. This way if anything is damaged while it’s being loaded or unloaded, you’re still reimbursed in case of an accident. ​

Are You Licensed?​


To avoid fraud, investigate the licensing credentials of your movers. Most reputable movers will belong to an international moving association, with the most respected being The International Association of Movers (IAM), with over 2,000 company members around the globe. Most of these groups will remove companies who do not meet their minimum standards. ​

What Is Your Pricing, Payment & Deposit System?​​

To better plan your moving budget get a detailed quote in addition to a timeline for your fee payment schedule. This will help you avoid any unexpected delays or costs when you’re in the middle of your move. ​

What Paperwork & Other Items Need To Be Considered?​​

A good company will know exactly what paperwork is needed to move your goods and will be able to assist you in getting everything in order. This includes a contract for your move. Don’t move forward with a company who isn’t willing to put your move in writing. ​

Companies that offer packing services are well prepared to pack both efficiently and with minimal breakage. Another benefit of having the company pack for you is the ease of obtaining a manifest/declaration of household goods, required by many governments to prevent illegal goods entering the country.​

Are There Any Restrictions Or Items That Cannot Be Moved?​​

Experts will help you with everything from determining what can and cannot be moved and your packing of such items. Many moving companies offer reusable packing material that is lower cost, and environmentally sustainable. Some companies will even pick up packing materials and boxes from you at no cost so they can use them again for other clients.​

What Happens On The Other Side Of The Pond? Do You Offer Door To Door Service?​​

Find out what the moving quote covers. Are items moved door to door, or simply dropped off at a storage facility? Who is responsible for moving items from say the shipping yard to your new home? Iron out all these details in advance to avoid an unpleasant surprise and manage your time, resources, and budget accordingly.​

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert​


We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228. ​

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Move anywhere. Tips, tricks, guides, and more for living around the world

January 8th, 2020 Comments off

globe-trotterVery few things are universal, but some solid tips from experts can help you move virtually anywhere around the world and make your life a lot easier. These tips can be applied for your move whether it’s another time-zone, country, or continent. ​

Move Light​

Get rid of items you no longer need – donate to charity, give to friends, or even sell items to help fund the early, and often expensive days, of your move around the globe. Consider storing items you won’t need to take with you (like winter clothes if you are moving to a warm climate) or having friends and family who are visiting you bring a suitcase of offseason clothes when they visit. The less items you move, the less you’ll pay.​

Organize Your Documents Like A Pro​

Keep all your documents in one place so you can easily access them at any stage of your move. Make a photocopy of these documents and keep them with a reliable friend of family member back home so they can help you out should something go astray.​

Research Your Phone Plan In Advanced​

Try sorting out your phone plan before you leave because, trust us, your communication company will want to hold onto you as a paying customer if they can. You can enjoy uninterrupted service and often a fantastic deal as these companies often offer a discount to keep you as a loyal customer. If your phone company isn’t the best option you can cancel it, and often buy a short-term local phone card with pre-paid minutes while you figure out a local plan that works.​

Don’t Get Locked Out Of Your Accounts​

Make sure you have the correct phone numbers and email addresses connected to your social media accounts before you leave. Often if you log into a Gmail or Facebook account from a remote country it can set off a security alert. If you can’t verify your identity through the correct channels you may find yourself locked out and unable to communicate with family and friends.​

Buyer Beware​

Don’t sign a long-term rental for living accommodation without seeing the place in person, or at the very least have someone local, that you know and trust, complete an inspection for you to make sure that it’s somewhere you could commit happily for a long while. In the beginning a shorter-term rental, whether it’s an Airbnb, hostel, or the couch of a friend who lives in the country may be your best bet until you can verify the fit yourself.​

Live Like A Local, Explore Like A Tourist​

The internet is a fantastic place to find out about where you are moving, but guidebooks for tourists such as Frommers and Lonely Planet offer wonderful and specific advice on exploring ‘like a local’ to help you fit into your new home and enjoy some off the beaten path attractions.​

Get Multi Functional Adaptors​

Instead of buying a new laptop, phone, charger, hair dryer, or whatever else you’ll need to plug in, obtain a convertor that’s especially made for that country. There are even compact versions for sale which can make sure you can adapt without taking up a ton of room.​

Stock Up On Products You Love From Home​

When you’re feeling homesick comforts of home, whether it’s favourite spices, soaps, or candy bars can help bridge the gap. Bring some of these key items and don’t be afraid to have people back home send over care packs, including some of your favourite items. ​

Find The Right Mover​

Research numerous moving companies and look for a company that is licensed and has a good reputation. Explore different options for transporting your goods to see which will work best for your timeline and budget. Depending on where you move your shipment could arrive by land (via truck or rail), sea freight, or air freight. Land shipment offers moderate pricing and speed, sea freight (aka container shipping) is the most affordable option, but also the slowest, while air freight is both the fastest and most expensive method of moving your gear.​


Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert
We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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7 Secrets to Feel at Home After Moving from the UK to Canada

December 10th, 2019 Comments off

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Since Canada and the UK have historical links that bind them, it’s no wonder that so many Brits end up in Canada, and vice versa. Following the vote for Britain to leave the European Union, Google searches for ‘moving to Canada’ skyrocketed. Whether you’re looking to leave for a job, family, or a change of pace, Canada can offer Brits a familiar yet brand new country to call home. Just the same, any move across the pond is a huge change, so here are 7 secrets to help you feel at home after moving to Canada from the UK.

Learn the Language

While English (and French) are the official languages of Canada, making for an easier transition, picking up on some of the nuances of Canadian language will help you understand what everyone is talking about in casual conversation, eh. Canadian spelling, unlike American, is very similar to UK English. However there are some notable differences, for example words like analyse and paralyse are spelled analyze and paralyze by most Canadians. Other terms to learn are mostly slang: a loonie is a dollar, a gas station is a petrol station, and a toque is a hat to keep you warm in the winter.

Enjoy Familiar Comforts Of Home

It turns out Canadians enjoy Coronation Street just as much as the Brits, with the CBC broadcasting it five times a week on the edge of prime time since it’s the most popular soap in both Canada and the UK. Feel free to binge watch and find out who in your social circle in Canada is also hooked on Coronation Street.

Learn to Love The National Sport

Ice hockey and lacrosse to Canadians are what cricket and football are to the Brits. A great way to meet new people is to go and check out some games, amateur or pro, and if you’re so inclined explore the possibility of learning the sport and playing yourself. There are numerous house leagues of various levels for adults and children alike. It’s a great way to stay active and meet new people.

Network With Other Brits

Groups like Brits in Toronto have over 4,000 members (with many cities across the country having such groups) and exist to help other Brits feel at home. These groups include meet ups, so you can connect with others who are going through something similar to you, but also provide opportunities for you to find the comforts of home in Canada. Need to know where to get a good curry or roast beef in your new hometown? No problem, members of these groups are happy to offer suggestions and help you acclimatize to your new life in Canada.

Be Wary of ‘Tourist’ Friendships

While it can be wonderful to meet other Brits new to Canada and figuring out if it is the right fit for them, and commiserating about your adventure, don’t rely on one person or family to be your entire social circle. Should they decide to head back home you will find yourself feeling very lonely. Karen Brooks moved to Whistler from the UK in 2010 and told The Guardian of her experience, saying that it’s easy to meet other expats where they live, but many people are only there for a short time, so remain patient when finding the best possible place to live, work, and meet others.

Bond Over Complaining About the Weather

Trade in your raincoat for a winter parka. Aside from the west coast in British Columbia, the rest of Canada sees a lot less rain, but colder temperatures. Invest in warm gear for cold weather so you can get out during the winter months instead of spending all your time inside, alone, watching Netflix. Want to start a conversation? Complaining about the weather is an important Canadian rite of passage.

Bring Family & Friends Over To Visit

Spending a little time in your new home as a tourist and enjoying attractions alongside loved ones is a fantastic way to grow an appreciation for Canada. Canada is huge compared to the UK, so even exploring one province, depending on the province’s size, could take some time. Scheduling visitors during your first years in Canada will give you something to look forward to, and provide new and exciting ways to explore the country.

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Essential Documents You Need for Moving to Costa Rica from Canada

November 29th, 2019 Comments off

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So, you want to become a ‘Tico’? This is an affectionate nickname that many Costa Ricans use to refer to themselves because of a linguistic habit of adding tico/tica to the end of words in Costa Rican Spanish. Who can blame you for wanting to move to Costa Rica? It’s warm, sunny, friendly, and filled with amazing rainforest and wildlife.

Before you pack your maleta (suitcase), you’ll need to know what documents you need to bring with you.

Your Passport

Those coming as Canadian (or U.S.) citizens are not required to acquire a visa to enter the country as a tourist for a stay of up to 90 days. Simply have your passport stamped. Note that your passport must be more than six months away from expiration and cannot be damaged or you may be denied entry into the country. You will also need to present proof that you will be exiting the country within 90 days, in the form of documentation such as a plane ticket with a destination elsewhere. Many people repeatedly do this and simply re-enter the country a short time later, but there are no guarantees that you will be readmitted through this travel loophole, and it’s better to seek out a lengthier solution during your first 90 day stay.

Immunization Records

If you have stamps in your passport indicating that you have travelled to Asia, Africa, or South America you may be required to bring a World Health Organization Card (WHO CARD) or a doctor’s letter as proof of your yellow fever immunization.

Driver’s License

Generally Canadian driver’s licenses will remain valid for you to rent and drive a car in Costa Rica for shorter stays. Those staying longer will want to explore obtaining a Costa Rican license after they attain a residence visa.

Getting a Visa As Retirees

Seniors retiring in Costa Rica need to provide proof that they have at least 1K per month of income coming in from a recognized pension plan (like a teachers’ pension that comes in every month). Those who don’t have a fixed retirement plan, but have savings, can provide proof they have at least $2,500 income coming in for at least 24 months, or simply deposit $60,000 in an Immigration Authority Approved Costa Rican Bank. Those who wish to invest 200K in a home, business, or residential property in Costa Rica can obtain residence under the Inversionista Program (for investors).

Beyond Documentation, A Hired Lawyer

This is an attorney who specializes in immigration to Costa Rica, and will help you sort out your visa quickly, organize your paperwork, all without unnecessary delays. Most government officials will not be able to speak English, so if your Spanish is rusty, your attorney can speak on your behalf and translate for you.

Other Documentation

While your lawyer will be able to help you assemble your documentation, you can get started by gathering the following standard items including: an immigration application form, a receipt showing you have deposited money in the Banco de Costa Rica to pay for your application (this is noted to be $50 when applying from Canada or $250 if applying while visiting on your tourist visa), a letter explaining why you want to live in Costa Rica, proof of registration within the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica, proof of fingerprinting by the Ministry of Public Safety, your birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), your Police Record. Note: documents must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs of the government.

Bienvenido a casa/Welcome Home!
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