You finally took the plunge and accepted that contract abroad. Or maybe you purchased one-way tickets to the other side of the world where you’ll travel for the next 6 months. Congratulations! This is an exciting new chapter in your life, but don’t get ahead of yourself. There’s a lot of things you need to square away before you take the trip of a lifetime. Before you set off for the other side of the world, check in with this list. The tips you’ll read today will make sure you’re prepared to get away.
Depending on where you call home and where you plan on ending up, you may need special documentation to travel. It’s a good idea to confirm the documents you need when entering any country that isn’t your own.
The visas you need will depend on your purpose abroad — meaning whether you intend to work, to study, or just to travel. The kind of visa you need will also depend upon how long you intend to stay in any one country.
Each country will have different requirements, so don’t assume the rules of one will apply to another. If you have travel arrangements that cross several borders, check each country’s government websites to find out the details, and if you’re ever uncertain, check in with your own to see what they have to say about your destination.
The last thing you want to think about while planning your trip is the possibility of getting sick or injured. This is your time to explore another side of the world and have fun! Unfortunately, sensibility should win out. Injuries, health scares, and accidents can happen anywhere, but when they occur while you’re away from home, they can be a lot harder to handle.
It’s important that you prepare for the possibility by researching your options of health insurance. Check with your current employer to see if you’re still covered if you end up working in a remote office. As a traveller, you can get third-party traveller’s insurance and international health insurance from institutions like the Blue Cross and Manulife, in addition to your bank.
Breaking Your Lease
Some long-term travel has an open-ended return date, so you may not know when you’ll come home — if you do at all. If you don’t want to pay for rent on top of your expenses abroad, alert your landlord of your travel plans.
Breaking a lease is easy to do, and most landlords only require 60-days’ notice of your move. This may be different where you call home, so check with local legislation to know your responsibilities.
What’s harder to do is figure out where to put all of your stuff. It’s not exactly like you can travel with your queen ed or dining room table. Try selling the majority of your belongings on second-hand commerce websites like Kijiji and Craigslists. You’ll be able to make some cash while paring down your stuff.
For what remains, look up the self storage options in your city. If your local option is anything like the units you can expect from a Thornhill self storage facility, it will come with peace of mind that your belongings are safe. Physical security and environmental protections are some of the benefits of a self storage unit, so you’ll be able to keep the things you can’t (or aren’t) willing to sell protected until your return home.
Consider Subletting or Renting Your Place
If you’re locked into unusually low rent in a perfect part of town or it took you ages to decorate your home just the way you want it, the idea of leaving your place could tarnish your departure. Luckily, you don’t have to break your lease or sell your house before you leave. You can keep it as a money-making asset as you travel.
Ask your landlord if it’s possible to sublet your apartment, and you’ll be able to save on the majority of rent while keeping all of your belongings in one place. If you own your home, you can rent it out while you’re away. Figure out if you want to host short-term visitors through a site like AirBnB or a long-term tenant though other means. Just make sure you have a reliable contact in the city to help check in on your tenants and make any repairs while you’re abroad.