If you are taking the plunge and moving abroad for work, there is a lot to consider. You may have got a new job, a new apartment, and brought yourself a guidebook, but taking care of the finer details before you go is going to make a lot of difference to your enjoyment during the first few days. Here are some top tips to consider when moving abroad for work.
The chances are it will be at least a month into your new job when you get paid for the first time and you will have to have something to live on until that point. Make sure you have enough savings to tide you over for the first few weeks and set up a money transfer app so that you can send money abroad quickly and easily.
It makes sense to travel light, especially if you are not sure how long you are going to be away for. Take only what you need and put the rest into storage. That way, you won’t have the hassle of trying to move large quantities of your belongings or selling them before you go and then having to buy new items when you come home.
Your current health insurance may not cover you to work abroad so make sure you check this and take out a new policy before you travel. If you have cover through your new job, check when it starts. The chances are that there will be a gap of a few days between you arriving in the country and starting work and you will need to make sure you are covered for this period. It could be expensive if you trip up and break your ankle while getting off the plane, for example, as hospital bills can be expensive.
It may be that your electrics won’t work at your destination without an adapter so do some research and take one or two with you. You will need these to work your iron and hairdryer in preparation for your first day at work.
Time Your Farewell Party Well
Have your farewell party a couple of days before you travel rather than the night before. This will give you time to recover. If you stay up later the night before and go to the airport still feeling the effects of alcohol, you may not be allowed to board the plane. If you are allowed to fly, you may wish you hadn’t, since suffering from a hangover in a pressurized cabin at high altitude is no fun.
You may have booked your flight, but do you know how you are getting to the airport? Make sure you have planned this well in advance so that you are not stuck for a ride at the last minute and end up missing your plane.
Take care of these details when you are moving abroad for work for a smooth transition and a comfortable start. Bon voyage.