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Quick Guide To Traveling Overseas

By Edited Oct 5, 2015 0 0

Have you ever dreamed of packing up your belongings and just moving to another country? You know, just go to a new city or country and really experiencing a new culture for a couple of months or even a few years. I'm here to tell you to stop dreaming and lets make moving overseas a reality.

The difficulty of preparing for your adventure is all determined on where you want to live. If you plan on living in industrialized countries like the USA, Canada, western Europe, or Australia the process is really simple and straight-forward. There are thousands of travel books, websites, travel tv shows, and forums for you to network everywhere. But, finding information on places outside of these countries is a little tougher. Your move overseas will require a little more research and work.

No matter where you want to travel, a good place to start researching is by visiting your home country's state department website. I live in the U.S., so our state department has a great website that has in-depth information on the majority of countries around the world. There is a breakdown of everything about the country and they even tell me if it's safe for Americans to travel to a particular country. Canada also has a great government project where you can the same type of research on potential countries you want to travel and live in. This makes researching international travel destinations a whole lot easier.

After you've checked out your country's state department resources, it's time to turn to the internet. You'll find plenty of forums and websites that allow you to network with people that have actually done what you're planning to do. They share their experiences and you're able to ask them questions about your adventure. Check out sites like Expat Exchange and specific Yahoo Groups to get a great second hand account of what it's like to live in a foreign country.

The big question you have to ask yourself is what you're going to do for cash. Are you going to save and pull from a bank account until you run out of money, or do you plan on working in the country you plan on living in for awhile? Take things like the cost of living, average salary expectations and basic benefits the majority of jobs provide. If you do plan on working while you're abroad, using a job placement site is a great tool. Before you sign up or pay for a service, ask around the different travelers forums and websites to see if the company is legit. It'll save you a huge headache and also save you hundreds of dollars.

Now it's time to take care of all of your paper work. Secure your visas, passports, and permits you'll need to work in that particular country. First of all, you won't be able to travel without things like your visas and passports, but having things like your work permits already done before you travel will save you headaches of figuring it out when you arrive in your new home.

Oh, one last great resource is Pilot Guides. They're a great company that does these in-depth travel guides on whatever destination you're interested in. It's about $4 to purchase each video guide, and you can download it whenever you want.

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