- Packing up your old life. This can be the hardest. No matter how hard you reassure your mum and dad you’ll be back, they’re letting their baby go, even if you’re all grown up. Same goes for your friends – maybe they’ll feel abandoned, and you’ll all miss each other loads. The less emotional stuff can be simpler (but still a headache, so make it easier on yourself by reading a checklist like this!), but remember why you’re doing it and it’ll all be okay.
- Visas. These sound a bit scary, don’t they? We’ve all seen those border control TV shows – get the wrong one, and you’re screwed! With companies like Bunac and STA travel, they’ll be with you every step of the way – phew!
- Finding a job. What are your skills? Do you want to work while you travel? Have you got skills you can freelance out, and if so where do you pay your taxes to while abroad? It’s a bloody minefield, but a quick google search will help you find a ton of job sites in your chosen country. If you don’t want to work, it’ll usually be okay, but you’ll need to save before you leave to prove you won’t be a burden on arrival.
- Finding somewhere to live. Oh you think London is hard? Try doing this in a country where you don’t really speak the language or understand the laws. Sites like Gumtree and Craigslist can be a bit help, but don’t get ripped off! Check with the locals for reputable alternatives in your new area.
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