Moving to a new country can be stressful and a constant headache. It is what you make of it. Be prepared, organized, and open-minded for the move abroad that is ahead of you. Try to make it a positive experience.
Living in a different country involves a lot more paperwork than you might think. It is important to arrange any visas and to follow any procedures that are set out for moving to a different country. Each country differs from the next. Paperwork can take time to be accepted so make sure to give yourself enough time and to prevent mistakes.
Keeping control of your money can be difficult when you are abroad. Different currency, banks and exchange rates. Before leaving home, meet with your bank and discuss what they think is the safest and most convenient way to keep track of your money. Also, informing your bank that you are traveling will prevent them from blocking your accounts due to suspicious international activity. If you plan on being away for a long period, it might be just as easy to set up a debit/credit card in your new destination. You certainly do not want extra charges for using your own account while traveling.
Going for a month or for a year, traveling can be expensive! Be sure to save every penny for your trip away. I think the best way to save is to get yourself a money box that can’t be opened so there are no excuses. It is not just about the cost of living but also the cost of the visa, flights, renting and transport. Make sure to have enough money to keep you going until you get a job. You never know how long this will take or you could be lucky and have one arranged beforehand.
The cost of living can be more expensive or cheaper in different countries. Research this before traveling so you will know what is expensive/cheap.
Make yourself aware of what life is going to be like in your new destination. Make an effort to fit in and experience the culture the way the local people do. You are going abroad for a new experience, make the most of it and act like you are a local. Try to know a bit of the language for an extra head start.
Try not to pack your entire bedroom into the suitcase. Only bring the essentials! Remember there will also be shops at your new destination. You can always buy the basic items when you arrive to give you more room in your suitcase. If you don’t wear some of the clothes in your wardrobe already, you certainly won’t wear them when you are away. No matter the climate, always be sure to bring a jacket, we can never trust the weather!
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