The final days before you board a flight to a new life overseas can be extremely stressful, and that can lead to simple things being forgotten about until you board the plane - where you’ll be unable to do anything about them.
To try and avoid getting into a panic on the flight, we’ve identified the 5 things expats most commonly forget to organise - so you won’t!
- Have you converted enough of your existing savings to cover any costs that could surprise you, whilst allowing you to live a comfortable life?
- Have you sorted out an international bank account, to allow your salary to be paid in, and give you access to funds easily when you’re abroad?
- Be aware of any tax laws that might still have an impact on you from back home. Seeking expert advice can be the key in this area, in order to avoid any unwanted and surprise bills.
- Will any bank, credit or debit cards you have work abroad?
- Will the credit limits on these cards change when you move abroad?
- Is cash still widely used instead of cards, meaning that carrying cards and only small amount of cash could land you in some difficult situations?
- Find out from your bank, card supplier or anyone you know who is working/has worked in the country about the potential issues.
It might seem basic in the extreme, but many people overlook how they are getting from the airport to their residence.
- Who is organising the transfer? Many hospitals will sort this out, however it’s always good to check to ensure that the onus isn’t on you.
- What/who are you looking for, and where will they meet you? Are you looking for a card with your name on it, a type of bus, taxi or private car, a familiar face? Always make sure you know before hand, as you’ll likely be tired after the flight.
- Will there be enough space? Most people make the move out alone, before being joined by their family at a later date. If you are travelling with family members (and their associated suitcases) make sure that the transport provided will be large enough to fit everyone, and everything.
- How long is the journey? Most major hospitals are located near airports - however in vast countries like Australia, Saudi Arabia and Canada this can still lead to lengthy drives.
- Learn some basic lingo to greet and communicate with the driver, it will help you to settle in.
- Where will you be staying when you first arrive? Will it be in a hotel, short-term let or more permanent home?
- How long will you be able to stay there? Many hospitals put up new staff for a fortnight, giving them that time to sort out where they will be staying full-time.
- If you aren’t provided with housing, or are given an allowance, work out where would be best suited to you at as early a stage as possible.
- Learn how the local property market works. Will you be using a traditional estate agent, renting from the hospital, or from a third-party compound housing group?
- Finally, make sure that your phone will work in your new home.
- Find out if you’ll need a new sim card from a local carrier to avoid being cut off from family and friends back home.
- Discover whether or not your accommodation will have internet access provided, or whether you’ll need to sort this out yourself.
- Find out how this will be organised, either through your employer, landlord or compound, and who will foot the bill.