How to Prepare for a Long Stay Overseas

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Planning for an extended overseas trip isn’t easy, especially if you intend to stay for more than a year. You may begin to feel overwhelmed by all the planning – stuff to carry, places to visit, and even budget. However, preparing for a long trip is something you can manage if you know how to go about it.

In preparing for your trip, remember that there is no right or wrong plan. Your needs vary from those of another person, so your must-dos need not be the same. However, there are things travellers commonly do, regardless of where you’re coming from and where you’re going. So, before leaving Toowoomba, these tips will come in handy.

Storage Plan

Find a self-storage company to keep all belongings you intend to leave behind. The last thing you want is to pay rent for an unoccupied house for a full year. You can sell off items that you feel you don’t need. Keep anything else that you think will still be important to you when you return.

Organise Your Finances

Is your bank available in your country of destination? If not, consider opening an account with a bank that offers its services in your location. It is always a good idea to have more than one account in case something happens to one of them. You can also open an account with banks that refund foreign transaction fees.

Check Your Health

Visit a doctor and dentist for a health check-up. Make sure you’ve taken all your vaccines and carried enough prescription medication if needed. If you are under specialised treatment, bring with you a copy of your medical records. Don’t forget to check with your insurance carrier to determine if the policy applies overseas.

Travelling to new places is always exciting. But before you organise that goodbye party, make sure you’ve prepared adequately for the time you will be away. These options will help you to enjoy your stay abroad.