bandoning life as you know it to move to another country is much
like riding a rollercoaster; the excitement of anticipation is soon replaced by stomach- churning anxiety. Embrace the change and remind yourself that after a few twists and turns you’ll soon be safely back on your feet.
Before you leave Visit the country first, if you can. Get an idea of how you’ll be living. Check out
rental prices to make sure whatever you expect to earn will pay the bills. Ask around for added extras. Landlords in some countries may demand three months’ rent up front which you’ll need to pay as soon as possible to secure a flat. If you’re going through an estate agent, you’ll probably also pay a fee. If you need to share accommodation, look for websites that attract like-minded people, preferably expats who can help you through the first few months. Don’t feel the pressure to immediately ‘go local’. Take your time – that can come later.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hilary Hayman is a freelance journalist who recently moved to Hong Kong from London where she spent several years as a writer and editor for CNN.
Seasoned expat Hilary Hayman – currently living in Hong Kong – examines some of the key factors to consider if you’re thinking of starting your career in another country