Moving Abroad (again)
A year and nine months ago I moved from Qatar back to the United States. I came back exhausted. I was exhausted from the dust storms, the lack of fresh air and the tension of going to battle on Qatar’s roads, and the rigidity of a culture I wasn’t use to.
I could have used years of being back home.
It’s so easy in Santa Cruz. Living at my mother’s house, having fresh air daily and the plentitude of organic food and gorgeous landscapes, and the laid back “anything goes” atmosphere. It’s a great place to recoup—but being present for my father’s dying process and other challenges meant it was not all idyllic.
I didn’t even give myself 2 years there before undertaking an international move…again.
I chose not to remain in the comfort zone and instead, head out on my own again.
This time I had no employer paying for it. So what were the costs of moving to Italy?
Cost of moving to Italy
$68 fingerprints & FBI background check
$50 photocopying all docs for consulate
$660 obtaining rental in Italy to satisfy consulate requirement
$700 obtaining int’l medical insurance to satisfy consulate requirement
$50 trip to San Francisco Consulate
$124 Consulate fee
$40 Rabies vac
$80 two vet appointments
$30 calming product for airplane
$38 USDA authentication
$9 pee pads for cat carrier
(already owned a cat carrier)
I did a one-way business class with miles but it was not “free” due to taxes and extra luggage and cat fee.
$470 Swiss Air taxes
$100 Swiss Air pet fee
$400 Swiss Air extra luggage fee
I used “Send My Bags” in order to send two extra pieces.
$377 Send My Bags cost
$40 two Sterilite “foot lockers”
$9 lashing cords for the foot lockers
Other small costs were rolls of Gorilla Tape and clear packing tape. I already had lots of bubble wrap and brown wrapping paper left from my move home from Qatar, and lots of good quality tubs with lids from the things I’d stored before my move to Qatar. My storage costs are free thanks to my friend Jessica.
Earnings from selling things
$120 ipod and android phone
$375 yard sale
Let’s take a second look at the car sale. I bought the car (2007 4×4 Toyota Rav 4) when I got back from Qatar. I had it only 18 months before selling it. (I loved it and did not want to sell it, but the sacrifices we make to live in Italy!) I paid $15,500 for it and 18 months later was only able to get $9,200. That means I spent $6,300 to have the car for 18 months. Total insurance cost on for those 18 months was $1,530. (It needed no repairs during that time and I’m going to omit the cost of oil changes and gas)
Looks like it cost me $7,830 to own a car for 18 months ($435 a month.)
Yikes, I’m not liking those numbers!
Clearly I can’t count the car sale as any kind of “earning”, and the gains from other sales were very minimal.
In conclusion, the main expenses for my move to Italy came to $3,321
Subtracting the selling of the gadgets, furniture and the yard sale, the move to Italy cost $2676
I guess that’s not too bad. In the past I have spent $2,000 to move between Colorado and California, although that was with furniture and this is without.
For information on the legalities once you arrive in Italy, go here