Top 3 things expats look for when moving to a foreign country

Moving to a new country can be an exhilarating and enlightening adventure. Adapting to new environments can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, regardless of whether you’re moving across the world or just visiting a new city. With so much to see and do when you’re getting acquainted with new surroundings, it’s easy to get overwhelmed  and be swept up in the excitement of a new experience. 

Below are the three things that are essential for expats when planning an assignment.

  1. Security

Researching thoroughly on the safety of your intended destination is a must when traveling. Knowing your step by step plan from your departure to your hotel accommodations is also advised when planning to travel to an unfamiliar destination, you can reserve your exploration once you have settled to, at least, your hotel or airbnb. Preparation is key in traveling to foreign places so having an established guide and checklist is recommended. Your travel agent or friends who’ve been there before can also be good sources of information about the area you’re planning to visit.

  1. Safety

Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic may seem daunting, but with the right research from credible government resources, it is not impossible. These government agencies publish regular travel advisories that include information on things like travel restriction during the pandemic, and political unrest or criminal activity that is aimed at luring tourists away from their intended destinations. 

Moreover, a contingency plan could prove invaluable. Most countries now require airline passengers, regardless of vaccination status, to present a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of departure. In the event that a positive COVID-19 test forces you to extend your vacation, consider purchasing a comprehensive travel insurance policy.

The most important thing to remember when traveling abroad is that you must be able to adapt. Global norms have been upended by the pandemic, particularly in developing countries. Be prepared for business as usual to be disrupted by delays and closures.

  1. Access  

A good guidebook will include maps, keywords or phrases, and enough information to lead you to the best destination where you can get hold of everything you need. You can also avoid wireless carrier charges by preparing ahead of time by downloading mobile applications. This will give you a good idea of the locations of the shops, restaurants, hospitals, and other necessities that you’ll need while on the road ahead of time.

When you are an expat, living in a foreign country where everything is different from what you are used to can be quite difficult. It’s always best to do your research before traveling. Another tried and tested route is to inquire from Global Mobility partners who have the grounded expertise and deep familiarity of the laws, regulations, restrictions, culture and geography of the designated country such as Vanguard Workforce mobility.