Working and living abroad is the biggest (and the most exciting) step you will make in your life. If you have the opportunity to travel abroad and earn some money at the same time, you shouldn’t think twice — go for it! However, the whole process can be a little bit stressful. There are a lot of things that need to be done before you fly away, lists and lists that have to be checked not once, but twice.
But, don’t worry, WellAway prepared 8 tips you should follow before you move. These tips will help you plan the new chapter in your life thoroughly, and you can rest assured that you’ve covered everything you should have.
Working And Traveling Abroad Checklist
Do Your Research
If you choose some specific country to move to, you probably already know something about it, what made your decision reasonable. But, if that is not the case, you need to do some research of the foreign country you are going to. Learn facts about the culture, customs, find some interesting places to see. Learn a bit of language to help you understand the locals. Being informed will help you a lot during the process of working in a foreign country.
Have Some Money Savings with You
No matter how well-prepared you are for moving abroad, you don’t know what might happen. Maybe you will have some unexpected taxes to pay, maybe you will not get paid for the first month of your stay, or maybe your landlord will ask two months rent in advance. So, make sure you bring a bit more money with you to avoid unexpected costs.
Look for Housing
If your abroad program doesn’t include housing, you have to make sure you have someplace to stay when you arrive. While working in another country, you will have a lot of things to deal with, you don’t want the accommodation to be one of them.
Prepare for Culture Shock
The fact is, working and traveling abroad will cause a culture shock. No matter how much you love to travel and explore new countries, learn new languages and witness native customs, while working and living abroad you have to go through the phase of culture shock. Even if everything is exciting and interesting in the beginning, after a while you will realize that cultural difference is huge, and maybe you will feel a strong need to go back home.
And that is all fine, as long as you understand that it is all a part of the process. Encourage yourself to continue exploring the foreign country and have as much fun as possible.
Have Your Paperwork Sorted
The synonym for working in another country is — paperwork. It can be really overwhelming, but if you do your homework in time, prepare visas, work permits and taxes on time, you are safe to go.
Start Building Friendships
Using social media platforms is the easiest way to connect with your future colleagues and build relationships with them. They surely know more than you about living and working in a country you are coming to, and they can help you with a process of adaptation.
Get International Health Insurance for Expats
There is nothing worse than getting sick or hurt in a foreign country, away from your doctor and your family. Plus, in some countries, that pain can be duplicated when you get your medical bill. Make sure that doesn’t happen and get your international health insurance in time.
After all, working and traveling abroad should be all about making new memories and experiencing a completely different way of life, right? so, make it fun! Visit festivals, try new food, meet locals… You will love the difference in the end; you just have to be persistent and never give up.
You came to the end of our list. We hope our tips will help you ease the process of moving and alleviate stress during the transition period. Don’t forget to doublecheck your lists, and if you get stuck with the bureaucracy, or if you are unsure about what insurance plan you should opt for, for your particular situation, reach out to us. Our friendly staff at WellAway is here to help you!