Pacific Prime’s video gives you 5 tips for moving abroad as an expat
Moving abroad as an expat can no doubt be a daunting task – you’ve got to pack all your things, leave your old life behind, and set out to the unknown. With so many little things to sort out before, during, and after your move, it’s no surprise that you may begin to feel overwhelmed.
Here’s where Pacific Prime steps in! We’ve got over 20 years of experience helping expats find health insurance, so we’re very familiar with the challenges associated with moving abroad as an expat. We’ve picked up some handy tips along the way, and we’re happy to share that in a video.
5 tips for moving abroad as an expat
Here’s our video providing you with 5 tips for moving abroad as an expat. It’s one of our many video resources, converted from our interactive complete guide to moving abroad as an expat, to give you a short overview. No matter your preferred medium, we’ve got something for you!
Let’s go over the tips mentioned in the video:
1. Decide if you’ll move with or without a job.
Some expats move abroad with a job in hand. Others move abroad first and then figure out jobs. Each approach has its pros and cons, so you’ll have to decide which one suits you better. Of course, this depends on factors like whether you’re moving alone or with a family, as well as your desire for adventure or stability.
If you’ve already secured a job, try to negotiate a relocation package. This will usually cover the costs of moving, temporary housing, etc. Conversely, if you’re going to look at jobs once you land, make sure you have enough money and a plan B in case things don’t work out.
Note: Covid-19 has resulted in border closures and country lockdowns on an unprecedented scale, so it may limit your ability to travel as a nomad.
2. Be organized – use timetables and calendars.
Once you’ve decided to move, you’ll have so many little things to do. Whether it’s going for health checks and vaccination or looking at flights and shipping companies, using timetables and calendars to stay organized can stop you from feeling overwhelmed.
What’s more, you’ll also have to start your visa application and prepare all the paperwork. Make sure you check directly with the embassy on the procedures and documents required. This way you won’t run the risk of getting any outdated or wrong information.
3. Figure out where you’ll live.
Now that you’re ready to pack your bags and move, you’ll need to find a place to call home. Research the property market so you know whether it’s a better idea to rent or buy a place. You should also begin to shortlist affordable areas that are close to work or school (if you’re moving with school-going children).
When looking at potential areas, don’t just look at the distance of your commute. Remember that not all countries have efficient and affordable public transport systems, so you’ll also have to make sure that your chosen area is convenient and offers value-for-money. Do consider safety as well.
4. Adjust to a new country and culture.
Learn the language – especially if English (or any language you speak) isn’t widely spoken in the country. Learning the local lingo can help you understand the culture and integrate into society. There’s a wealth of online resources out there that can help you learn the basics of a foreign language.
Next, you can also join forums designed for expats in the country. It’s a great chance to ask questions and get to know what expat life is actually like. You can even check if there are any events for newcomers and sign up for them! This will help you build a network of new friends.
5. Stay updated on the latest news and secure a health insurance plan.
Finally, it’s important to stay updated on what’s happening. Read the news regularly to find out the political situation in the country. Check if there’s anything that’s off-limits or prohibited in terms of discussing in public. This will ensure that you stay out of trouble and your time abroad goes smoothly.
Part of keeping safe is also taking care of your health. Do your research on the healthcare system in the country: Is it an efficient one? Can you access it? Either way, it’s good to have an emergency fund because you never know when you might need it. Alternatively, look into expat health insurance so that you’re covered no matter what.
Learn more about expat health insurance
Do you want to learn more about expat health insurance? Pacific Prime is dedicated to simplifying the world of health insurance, and we’ve got a wealth of resources for you to explore. Check out our blog, guides, reports, and infographics, as well as our videos resources page!
If you’re ready to secure expat health insurance, then you can also get in touch with us. Our network of top insurers helps us find vetted plans to suit all needs and budgets. Whatever plan you’re looking for, our expert advisors can help you find it. In addition to a health insurance plan, you’ll also benefit from personalized advice and consultation!
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Outside of work, Suphanida enjoys traveling to new places and immersing herself in different cultures.
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