TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL AND LIVE ABROAD.
IS THERE A NEED TO TRAVEL?
What is the main reason you want to relocate is the first question you must ask yourself before taking the second step. People have different objectives why they want to relocate. Make sure you have a good reason why you want to travel and live abroad. Most times, people go abroad to live a better life, expand the business, get a better job, change the environment, join their spouse, and many more. But whatever the reason may be, make sure you are making an informed choice. If you are confident and believe you need to travel and live abroad, take all the necessary steps towards making it less stressful and more successful. Have you ever thought of living in a new country? Are you making an informed choice?
CHOOSE THE COUNTRY YOU WANT TO LIVE IN
Before you travel, you need to think of the country you want to relocate to. If you are making the decision for yourself and not that you are joining a spouse, traveling because of the job you do, etc., then you need to think of a country that suits your plan. Think about human rights, and not all states take human rights seriously. Seriously consider your preferences.
DO RESEARCH ABOUT THE COUNTRY
When you make up your mind about the country you want to live in, you need to do further research about the country. The research is significant as it will provide you with in-depth information about the country, the people, the ways of life, and the country’s ordinary laws. Read about the history of the country. It is essential to know about the past of a country that will enable you to understand their present. There are always distinctions between nations, identify what those differences are, especially as it regards the country you are currently in, do this before traveling.
HAVE A SKILL YOU INTEND TO DEVELOP
Do you have a skill, which you intend to build and develop on? whichever your answer is, have a life objective before travelling to live abroad. Avoid whatever the country throws up mindset.
PURSUE PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Have a positive intention and plans geared towards pursuing personal and professional development. Be it white-collar job or handwork, and you can develop in any of your areas of interest.
GET INFORMATION FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Before travelling, contact your family and friends who are already in the country you intend to go to, ask them important questions about the country. Hearing from the horse’s mouth is equally important. The information you receive from family and friends is meant only to complement the research you did; this is because people’s living condition and standard differ. How you want to live will differ with how a member of your family or friends are living in such a country.
FIGURE OUT YOUR HIT-THE-GROUND-RUNNING PRIORITIES
What are the basic things you’ll need soon after you land? See if you can get started on them early. You may research what you will need to do to open a bank account and get your documents in order. With such a research, you can head to the bank or apply online just after you arrive.
You’ll need to get a local SIM card too — you can pick up a pay-as-you-go one anywhere, or do you need to locate a physical branch and show some ID? Is there a grocery store nearby where you can pick up some pantry basics, or a takeaway place to ensure you won’t starve.
CHOOSE YOUR FRIEND WISELY
Make as many friends as possible but chose close friends carefully. You must not afford to be led astray in another man’s land, especially when you are new in such a place. Such mistakes can be very costly and can destroy your records even before you start settling.
VISIT PLACES THAT REMIND YOU OF HOME
Visit places that remind you of home, visit family and friends as well. Also, find and join your people’s association, you will get useful guidance from your people.
FIND A COMMUNITY
Finding a community is probably not the first thing you’ll worry about, but after a few months have passed and all your new-move admin is over, it’s worth spending some time connecting with new people. While it’s tempting to spend your weekends calling your family and flicking through your friends’ Instagram of life in your old home, you need to meet people where you are now.
Consider working towards obtaining a permanent stay so that you do away with the need to renew your visa every now and then. Read the immigration requirements and find the different routes through which you can get an indefinite stay.
Be law-abiding, uphold the country’s values, and be a good ambassador of your country of origin. Be persistent, and things will soon open up and become much easier
TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME
Moving to a new city and changing jobs qualify as “major life changes,” and chances are you are doing both at once. Don’t set unrealistic expectations for yourself – you probably won’t have your new driver’s license and health care, a perfect apartment, three new friends, and a fantastic career opportunity the day you arrive. That’s okay. In the beginning, it will be stressful and exciting. You probably won’t know the city very well, and everything will be new and challenging. Things you had taken for granted – like what brand of cereal to buy or what side of the road to drive on – will be thrown into chaos, and you’ll need to learn new systems and create new routines. You will get through it, trust me.
Move abroad only when you genuinely have to.
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