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Melle Faitunblog
20-10-2011, 20:50
I am currently trying to upgrade my blog from the status of random ramblings to that of a travel blog. Current article: tips for first timers living abroad.
I have some ideas but a survey seems in order and this is definitely the best place to do it.
What do you think are the most important things to have, do, plan before/when you arrive (budget and finances, social life, practical considerations, legal, etc)
There is obviously a cash prize up for grabs people. I might even buy you a beer.

robertmf
20-10-2011, 21:08
What do you think are the most important things to have, do, plan before/when you arrive (budget and finances, social life, practical considerations, legal, etc)
There is obviously a cash prize up for grabs people. I might even buy you a beer.


Have very very warm coat, hat, boots, gloves, etc.

Привет ! :wavey: This list of yours is a good idea. Much of it is covered already in expat.ru posts, but not necessarily together in one thread.

Melle Faitunblog
22-10-2011, 04:52
Thank you ! one answer is better than none... to inspire creation, here are some ideas:

- NOT arriving with 100$ in pocket and expecting to survive the month, therefore arriving with enough to see out the 1st month which will inevitably incur more expenses than planned.
- a map and a guide always come in handy, not only if your job leads you across the city but also it can give you ideas of things to do
- SOCIALISE, yes, by obligation, but also because you will only make friends if you get out there and meet people
- if you are bored/lonely, give yourself a sense of purpose, eg. going to a museum or some significant attraction rather than staying at home and feeling home sick
- open a bank account in the country you are in, find out the transfer rates and terms. eg. since I have arrived, I have done all my international money transfers online through raiffeisen, I also hear that citibank isn't bad
- remind yourself, whatever the circumstances, that you have the opportunity to do this, so you might as well go for it!
- get out of the city, travel, admire the churches ;)
- learn at least the alphabet before arriving, in Russia at least, I can imagine, Asian countries are more difficult but it makes life a bit easier nonetheless...

Following a night of slightly excessive drinking, I do not support the above ideas but condone them as what I remember tongiht.

I hope this will inspire you!( or not )