Timeline Planning Service

Don’t miss any important to-dos before, during, or after your move with your personalized moving checklist!

Think you're ready to move abroad? Think again!

While you may believe all you have to do is throw your clothes into a suitcase and jump on a plane, the reality is that there are many more difficult decisions and challenges for you to overcome in your journey abroad. It can be overwhelming to try to stay on top of everything, not to mention figuring out where to start!

We're here to help

As lifelong expats, we have been through the process of moving across the world many times already. We know the stress of making sure that we have done everything we need to do before leaving our homes, during the move, and then after arriving in a brand new country.

To take this burden off your shoulders, we will compile the most important steps for you to take in your transition to life abroad in a single spreadsheet so you can mark them off as you complete them.

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How you'll benefit from our Timeline Planning service

Get clarity

Have a single place to look to see everything that you need to do before and after the move so that you can stay on track

Avoid anxiety

Avoid getting that sinking feeling that you forgot to do something important before and after your move

Reduce frustrations

Avoid extra unnecessary fees, inconveniences, and frustrations that will make your move abroad more stressful than it needs to be

Plan for each stage of your move

Timeline steps will be adjusted to the specific situations of the clients and the countries they are moving to, but here are some examples of topics covered in each of the three stages of your move:

Before the move

Canceling contracts in your home country, setting up your financial situation to move abroad, mail forwarding to your new address, planning for where to live in your new destination, starting the visa application process, shipping your belongings, relocating pets, and more…

During the move

Booking taxi services from the airport to initial accommodations, getting around on public transportation, purchasing short-term prepaid phone plans, withdrawing money from ATMs, and more…

After the move

Finding long-term apartments, signing mobile phone and Internet contracts, signing up with utility companies, local registration, opening bank accounts, transferring and exchanging money, building a personal network, and more…

Your entire moving abroad to-do list in one place

Stop losing sleep worrying about forgetting to do something important before your move – our Timeline Planning service will keep you sane!

What you can expect in the timeline

Here’s an overview of the columns included the Timeline Planning spreadsheet:


All tasks will be set to “To do” by default. You can change them to “In progress,” “Done,” and “Not needed” as you work through all of the items in the sheet


Short description of what you need to do for the step in that row. Check the Notes column for more detail


The topic of your move that the task is related to. Examples include Immigration, Moving, Settling In, Pets, Schools, and Housing


Some steps are generally applicable to anyone moving anywhere (“General”), while others are location-specific and so the information in them will be adjusted according to the location you are moving to (“Local”)

Suggested Dates

The sheet includes three suggested dates for each task based on your moving date: 1) when you should start working on it, 2) when it’s recommended to be completed by, and 3) when it should definitely be finished by


All the detailed notes related to the task so that you know what you need to think through and do, based on our research and experience

Relevant Websites

While not every task has this column filled, many tasks include one or more links to websites related to them so that you can easily get more information

Your Notes

Write your own notes as you proceed through each step so you can remember what you’ve already done and what you need to do next

Stay as flexible as your moving plans

Whatever happens between now and your moving date, your timeline will adjust to keep you on track

See your progress at a glance

Conditional formatting in the spreadsheet will help you to easily see which tasks you haven’t started yet, which tasks are in progress, and which tasks have been completed

Update your moving date

If you update your estimated moving date, then all other dates in the spreadsheet will automatically adjust accordingly

Adjust the recommended dates

You can control the start by, recommended by, and finish by dates by changing the number of days used in those calculations

See only the data you want to

Use filters to only see the steps in a section that have a certain status or are in a specific category

Don’t get overwhelmed

Get on top of your to-do list with our Timeline Planning service!

See what our clients are saying


USA to Austria

I thought David did an excellent job of letting us know what and when we need to get certain tasks completed. He had several items on the spreadsheet that we did not originally think of. His explanation of what was needed and how it was put together was very clear.

Jay Tibbitts

USA to France

David was well-prepared with a comprehensive spreadsheet that had been customized to our planned destination, and also reflected some of the discussions we had had at the preceding meetings. He patiently walked us through the document, answering questions and providing insights on how the spreadsheet works and how to use it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Timeline Planning service for people from and moving to any country? What if I want to be a digital nomad?

The Timeline Planning service is essential for everyone wanting to move abroad, no matter where they are from and where they want to go. In addition to expats moving to a specific country, the service is also designed for digital nomads who want to know what to do before and after leaving their home country. We’ll adjust the content of the spreadsheet according to your situation.

There are free moving checklists available online, so why should I buy yours?

Free checklists 1) leave out many important steps, 2) are not specific to where you are moving to, 3) are not specific to your situation, and 4) are not interactive. Rather than relying on unhelpful PDFs, use our personalized interactive checklist to stay on track for your next move abroad.

Why should I trust you?

We’ve already helped many clients around the world to plan their journeys abroad with the Timeline Planning service. We created this service because we know how anxious we were that we’d forgotten to do something when moving abroad, and so we want to help you avoid losing your time, money, and peace of mind as your moving date approaches.

How do you personalize the Timeline Planning spreadsheet?

Because our services do not include any bespoke additions to the comprehensive templates we’ve already built, we personalize this service by only including the tasks that are necessary for you based on your citizenship(s), the country you’re moving to, whether you have school-aged children or pets, etc. Before starting work on the deliverable, we’ll send you a questionnaire so that we can tailor it to your unique situation.

What if my moving plans change after the service has been delivered?

We will not make changes to the content of the spreadsheet after it is delivered to you, but you can change it on your own as you see fit. You can change things like the moving date and the number of days used to calculate the suggested completion dates in the sheet and it will update automatically.

Does the workbook include a simplified view of the tasks?

Yes, the workbook includes two tabs for your timeline – one with a simplified view and another with a detailed view. The detailed view includes all the information displayed in the simplified view as well as the in-depth Details and Relevant Websites columns. You can use each tab as much or as little as you like to prepare for your move!

Will you tailor each task to my situation and the place I want to move to?

Not all tasks will be specific to your situation or location. There are many tasks in the spreadsheet that have been adjusted to provide location-specific information – these tasks have “Local” in the “Category” column. There are also tasks in the spreadsheet that are not adjusted for location-specific information – these tasks have “General” in the “Category” column.

How many steps does the timeline contain?

The number of steps depends on the specific situations of each client, but our timelines usually have between 60-80 steps in total, so the content is very thorough.

Will you show me how to use the spreadsheet?

Yes, we’ll send you an in-depth video explaining how the spreadsheet works and will be available to answer any remaining questions you have via email.

I have another question.

Just let us know and we’ll be happy to answer it for you!

Wondering what to do next?

We’ll list all the steps you need to take in one place so you’ll never have to wonder what to do next again!