Is there a chance that you might become an expat? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. You may love traveling and going on vacations but moving to a new country for work purposes can be scary. Adjusting to a new culture while executing your job excellently can be difficult.
Here are some tips for expats moving abroad for the first time
1. Do a thorough research about the city you are moving to
Before moving abroad, it is necessary that you conduct a thorough research on your new location. It can be daunting to find yourself in a location where you have zero knowledge of. Find out as much as you can about the culture, dos and don’ts, accommodation facilities and so on.
If possible, find a contact on the ground who can let you in on all the details you may not be able to find online. If you would like to embrace the culture fully, you can opt to live outside the city where you can interact with local communities.
2. Find opportunities that suit you
If you would like to become an expat, there are many sites online that list expat jobs such as TEFL opportunities. Teaching English as a foreign language is a very popular career choice for many digital nomads who wish to work and travel simultaneously.
There are many opportunities out there for those with a degree and TEFL qualification. However, there are also many well-paid English teaching opportunities in certain countries for those who do not have a degree. Check out this World TEFL Factbook guide to discover countries to teach English abroad without a degree. For instance, you should consider teaching English in Thailand. You can also take a TEFL course in Thailand to get certified.
3. Learn the local language
Imagine living amongst people who speak a complete foreign language. Learning a few words from the local language can go a long way in making your stay as easy as possible. Learn the basics such as greetings, how to ask for directions, words used to describe buildings such as hotels and so on. You can also take time to enroll on an online course with tutors that will help you learn even faster.
4. Make use of social media networks
Social media networks are the best place to socialize. Use your social media accounts to keep in touch with family and share your experiences. This will help you feel less alone and hence make your stay better. You can also link up with other expats in the area through social media networks. You can also find leads to local joints, restaurants and hang out spots through social media. As a precaution, always be careful about meeting strangers online.
5. Plan your finances before relocating
The last thing you want to experience in a foreign country is getting stuck with no money. It is important to plan your finances ahead of time. Find out how you will be able to transact and banks you can use. You should also find out if your currency will be accepted in the country you are moving to.
6. Get health insurance
Moving to a new location with different climatic conditions from your home country can present a myriad of health challenges. It is important to get yourself on health insurance before you relocate. There are health covers that can cover you globally. It is important to invest in one if you intend to pursue a career as an expat.
7. Be open-minded and calm
Expat life is not for the faint-hearted. It is important to have an open mind and to expect many surprises culturally and so on. You should be ready to embrace and appreciate other cultures positively instead of being judgmental. This will help you cope with living abroad.
Expat life can be fun and mind opening. Do not be afraid to take the leap and find work overseas. You can also join other digital nomads and offer services online.
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