The chance to immerse yourself in another culture and country can be a groundbreaking experience in your life. If you have decided to take up the chance to live in another country for a few months to a year, there are items of importance to prepare in your home country before leaving. Take a few steps to make sure you have all of your ducks in a row before you set off on your newest adventure.

Get a passport that does not expire for six months

Though all countries have different rules, one of the most stationary rules that you will find across the world is that you must have a passport that does not expire for six months upon entering the country. If your passport is expiring before six months after arrival, or is running out of passport pages, apply for a passport renewal at least two months if not sooner before leaving for your destination.

Get a storage unit

If you are moving out of the country for several months to a year and planning to come back, selling all of your things may not be a good idea. You don't want to have to use your money to start over in a new country, then start over in your home country once you return. Instead get a long term storage unit to place your furniture, clothing, and miscellaneous items. Though it may be tempting to leave your things with loved ones, it is possible for friends and family to have life changing events happen while you are gone. With your items in storage, at a place like U S Storage Inc, you know that they will be there available, safe, and sound when you return.

Call your banks and explain

Banks and financial institutions get thrown into a tizzy when you move and do not inform them. Before you leave, call to inform all of your banks, loan holders, and credit card companies that you are moving out of the country. Give them your new address so that they may contact you, and be sure to let them know what country you will be in.

Also, let banks know what currency you will be paid in if you are planning to work out of the country. Currency processing can take some time with banks, so be sure to let them know ahead of time so that they can let you know if there will be problems ahead.

Brush up on the new laws

New land means new laws that you must get used to. Some countries have rules for dress codes, behavior in public spaces, alcohol consumption, and more. Read the laws of the country and check with other expats for their experience. You need to be prepared for your new life, so learning the rules that you will have to uphold is the first step to a smooth transition. 

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