Ask DN: Tips on moving to another country?

over 6 years ago from , Product Designer at Ecentricarts

I have been formalizing some mid-term goals for myself and want to move to another city (outside Canada would be really cool - currently living in Toronto) within the next three years. My goal here is to spread my wings, gain some independence, meet new people, and inspire my design work with some new scenery.

I am currently pretty junior in the product design field and would love some advice from you fellow designers about how to begin the planning stages of uprooting oneself and settling down somewhere else for a while.

I keep thinking that Portland, OR would be a great place to live and work. I visited the city a couple of years ago and felt like it resonated with me. Plus the design community there seems to be more bustling than here in Toronto.

But I am definitely open to other places, if someone wants to make a good case. Whatcha got?


  • Tom DelStrey, 3 months ago

    Prepare everything in advance and don't take all your belongings with. It will be cheaper if you buy yourself a new chair in a new country instead of paying those high transportation fees.

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    • Helen Bess, 3 months ago

      Good tips! I'm going to move to Canada for a year or so, just want to change the environment. Maybe I'll travel for some time and live in different countries. I should say, it turned out to be harder than I expected as I really don't know what to take. I've already found a good moving company (having read the reviews here https://lbc-express.pissedconsumer.com/review.html, I chose LBC Express), but still, I'll have to pay transportation fees. Thanks for sharing your experience, I guess I should consider what to pack once again.

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