Preparing to live overseas
There are many things you’ll need to consider in preparing
to live overseas. It’s possible that your new neighbors will
speak a different language, eat different foods, and even drive on
a different side of the street than you’re used to. By doing
some advance planning, you’ll be sure to arrive at your destination
as prepared as possible for the customs and practices you’ll
be confronted with.
Your local library is the perfect place to get started in researching
your destination country. You can rent audio cassettes or CDs
with language lessons, and you can even look for specifically
business-oriented foreign language instruction. Travel guides
are also available to supply you with information about customs
and practices in specific international locations. Additionally,
most public libraries have computers with internet connections,
allowing you to take advantage of the wealth of resources available
on the World Wide Web.
If you’ll be moving your whole family, you’ll want
to investigate the educational system in your destination country.
The school system may be different from what you and your children
are accustomed to, so you will want to be prepared for this change.
Healthcare resources may also be different than at home, and
researching these details prior to your arrival will provide
you with important information as well as equally valuable peace
of mind. Depending on your destination, you may need to receive
special vaccinations or immunizations in order to enter the country.
Be sure to have a sufficient supply of prescription medications
with you when you move, and keep them with you during your travel.
Before moving, take some time to find out about the availability
of English speaking physicians in your new country.
You should also look into the banking possibilities in your
destination country, and have a plan in place prior to arrival.
You may or may not want to keep your current credit cards after
you move, so you should consider this carefully. Contact your
bank and credit card companies for recommendations and further