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Traveling abroad can be exciting and life-changing.
However, it can also be unnerving. The mental back and forth about your decision can lead to a cocktail of emotions. Whether you go abroad to pursue your education or explore a new job opportunity, you need to prepare yourself for your new life.
Remember, traveling is much more than purchasing a plane ticket. Here are five things to do if you have been wondering how to make your big move organized and easy.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit your new home country at least once or twice, it would be helpful to do thorough research. What are the laws and requirements for working, schooling, or simply living there?
Consult an immigration professional to help you gain a better understanding of immigration laws, immunization requirements, and other policies. You can also visit the internet or social media platforms, find expat groups in your chosen country or city and ask questions.
For more information on the citizens’ lifestyle and culture, you can read articles from travel writers like Carl Deane. Once your research is complete, it’s time to acquire your documents.
Acquire your documents
Moving to a foreign country might demand a lot of paperwork. You will need to apply for a passport and visa. Obtaining these two can take time, so applying for them is best. Ensure you have other important documents like your birth certificate, medical records, and school records. If you go abroad with your pet, you will need certificates to prove that their vaccinations are up to date.
Start packing as soon as possible
Nothing is more frustrating than getting to your new country and discovering that you left half of your stuff. Juggling multiple tasks can make you forgetful, so it is important to start packing weeks or months before you leave. Create a checklist of essential things to ensure that you check them off when they enter your suitcase.
Get your money right
Another thing you need to do before moving abroad is to put your financial affairs in order by building an emergency fund. You will need three to six months of funds while you adjust to your new environment or living expenses. For instance, if you work in a foreign country, you might experience a delay with your first paycheck due to slow processing. An emergency fund will serve as a cushion for unexpected emergencies.
Buy a plane ticket
Plane tickets can be quite pricey. Check the flight prices at least a month or weeks before your departure date. Ensure you keep tabs on price changes or special deals so you can book your ticket when the flight price meets your budget. Sometimes it’s economical to avoid flying directly or from a nearby airport. It might take more time to reach your destination, but you will save money.
A relocation to-do list is essential for moving abroad. These five things will make your transition smooth and stress-free. What other tips can you share for families wishing to go abroad?
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