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How to Relocate and Live Abroad - For Entrepreneurs and Employees (Updated for COVID-19)

teacher avatar Robert G, Translator/Freelancer/Traveler

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44 Lessons (2h 7m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How to Pick 1 - Price Arbitrage

    • 3. How to Pick 2 - Could help

    • 4. How to Pick 3 - People you know

    • 5. How to Pick 4 - Safety

    • 6. How to Pick 5 - Visa

    • 7. How to Pick 6 - Keep in Mind

    • 8. Life Back Home - House

    • 9. Life Back Home - Car

    • 10. Life Back Home - Possessions

    • 11. EMPLOYEE - Transfer

    • 12. EMPLOYEE - Work remotely

    • 13. EMPLOYEE - Leave of Absence

    • 14. EMPLOYEE - Quit

    • 15. Before you leave - Find a place

    • 16. Before you Leave - Transportation

    • 17. Before you Leave - Payments

    • 18. Before you Leave - Others

    • 19. Visa Section 1

    • 20. Visa Section 2 - Online Groups

    • 21. Visa Section 3 - Tips

    • 22. Health : Medical

    • 23. EMPLOYEE Section - Plan on Working for a Company?

    • 24. Once you get there - Your First Steps

    • 25. Tips - Classes

    • 26. Tips - Dr. Smith

    • 27. Tips - Car Rental Tips

    • 28. Tips - Airbnb Tips

    • 29. Tips - Luggage Tips

    • 30. Tips - Money Tips

    • 31. Tips - Housing Tips

    • 32. Tips when you first arrive

    • 33. Road Trip Tips

    • 34. 40 Coronavirus Travel

    • 35. 41 Before leaving

    • 36. 42 When arriving at the airport

    • 37. 43 At the airport

    • 38. 44 Boarding

    • 39. 45 During the flight

    • 40. 46 Meals

    • 41. 47 Bathrooms

    • 42. 48 During the flight (again)

    • 43. 49 When Landing

    • 44. 50 When you get home

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About This Class

Imagine you could pick a country and then decide to go live there, like a local. Imagine you could then decide, 6 months later, to pick another country and do the same all over again. Imagine your professional life could continue as before. Imagine bringing your spouse along.

This is the life I have been leading for the past 6 years. My wife and I have been living in 7 different cities, on 3 different continents. And guess what! I am an entrepreneur, but my wife has worked exclusively in the corporate world (read: employee). We have still been able to make it work. And in this course I show you how. 

This Course is for Anyone, Entrepreneur or Employee, who wishes to live abroad

This course will not tell you how to earn a living online and then tell you "Now Travel!". Instead, this course will walk you through the concrete steps you need to move your life to a new country, from deciding upon the country, to figuring out what to do with your possessions, home, car, friends, and your life in general, to establishing a new life, with a new home, car, friends, etc. in your new city/country. This course will also walk you through the logistics (storage, visas, payment issues, etc.) that you are bound to encounter when moving to a new country. 

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Robert G



Robert is a Freelancer/Translator/Traveler/Coffee drinker.

Originally from Switzerland, he serves as Treasurer for the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI), is a member of the board for the Swiss Association of Charlotte, and has written books on Freelance Translation.

He has been a featured speaker at an ATA-sponsored conference, as well as the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters Conference.

He worked in banking, market research, and received a Master’s degree (M.P.A.) from Cornell University in Finance. After this, he worked as a Freelance Translator and gradually set up his own Translation Agency, Lugano Translations.

His courses deal with becoming a successful freelancer, hiring freelancers ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello everyone. I'm Robert get part. During these past few years, my wife and I have been living all over the place from Taipei, Taiwan to Shanghai, to luca, which is a beautiful little town in Tuscany, Italy to Elgato, which is in Switzerland, to Atlanta and Washington DC in the US. Before moving to Charlotte and before this, before I was married, I also lived in Portland, Oregon. I lived in Seoul, South Korea, among other places. And all of this while doing my work, while continuing to earn a living and doing what I do. And in this class you'll learn all these skills from a to Z, from starting to decide where you want to move, to starting to plan your move to figuring out what to do with your possessions and everything you have back home to creating a new life in the target location, as well as tips and tricks for moving abroad and also how to thrive and really make living abroad work for you. Now this course is for anyone who wishes to move and live abroad. This course applies to everyone, and by that I include corporate employees. A lot of people think it's only like digital nomads and entrepreneurs and people who work online. But this applies to everyone. I mean, imagine you can pick a country and relocate there and live there like a local. And imagine you could then six months later decided to pack up and move somewhere else. And imagine during all this moving and living abroad, your professional life could continue just as before and last but not least, imagine bringing your spouse along for the ride. Now understandably, things have gotten more difficult because of COVID, although that seems to be lightening up as I'm recording this, so don't worry, I covered that part as well. But this is for those of you who are serious and along those lines, I even have homework and I have a class project wherein I want you to make the commitment and take the first steps. We're moving abroad. So without any further ado, let's get started. 2. How to Pick 1 - Price Arbitrage: no deal. Yeah, So, first of all, how do you pick where you want to go? Now? Chances are you've had various ideas of where you want to go. You're like I love to live on a beach in Thailand or love to live in Paris or love to live in Bolivia or something along those lines. And if that's the case and if you're dead set on a place than then, sure, by all means, that's where you should go. But it is good to keep a couple things in mind before you start off. First of all, this thing called price arbitrage, and this basically means good option is often to move the place where life is cheaper. So if you are working as a freelancer as an entrepreneur or something in your client's there in your current city right now that you can still be earning money from where you are , say it's US dollars. But you could be living in, say, I don't know Indonesia, where life is a lot cheaper, or Bolivia or something along those lines. And so the dollars that you are earning right now can take you farther and can help out in that sense. But on the other side, if you want to go to Germany, then chances are the dollars that you warning now won't take you as far in Germany as they do now. So this is just something to keep in mind. I'm not saying don't go to Germany, but just to keep this in mind, if you do want to go there obviously, if you plan on finding new clients where you are going or if you already have new clients where you're going, then you can keep this in mind as well. 3. How to Pick 2 - Could help: Another thing to keep in mind is that it might help you to go where you are. Because if you have an online business and your clients are in your general geographic area , well, then going to a new geographic area could definitely help your online business. Of course, an online business very often means that you can deal with people in any area. But being there physically definitely helps you confined new clients where you are. And if you're a freelancer, if you're notch burner or work online, you know in any shape or form, then wherever you go, you might be able to find clients. And look, even if you don't speak the language, chances are you're going to find foreigners. They're gonna find expats. You're going to find people who might be able to use your business if you're following this course you're from with in English. And chances are wherever you travel the international language of communication, the lingua franca will be English, and so it will help out no matter where you go. Even if you don't speak the local language 4. How to Pick 3 - People you know: now a couple of things to keep in mind. Our first of all, are there any people you know in the location? This can be a very big help if you have any former classmates. If you have any friends, former coal workers, etcetera who you know in the location. Or maybe someone you know, Know someone in that location. If this is the case, then you probably want to get in touch with him ahead of time and you want to let them know ? Hey, I'm thinking of moving there. Just want to let you know and eso It'll be great to meet up when we go there. If this is a friend of yours or if it's a friend of a friend, you can say, Hey, I look forward to meeting. You are moving their friend of so and so and just to get in touch with them. And then as the emails progress, you can start asking you like Oh, by the way, I'm thinking of obviously don't say, Hey, can you find me a place to live or, you know, stuff like that? But you could start the conversation. You could say I'm thinking of living here in this place. Do you have any recommendations or, you know, we're thinking doing that in this. Chances are they'll be very happy to help. It's something exciting. It's something new, and people love to help out people who are moving to their location to their place. So keep this in mind. People, you know, people you have a connection to can be a huge resource in, ah, the place they're going to and they're usually more than willing to help, and so you definitely should not ignore this. 5. How to Pick 4 - Safety: another thing to keep in mind is always safety. A lot of different places have a lot of different ideas of safety and and so many times need to worry about. Not only is the place safe, but is that general area safe? Maybe the part of time you're going to or or that you're not going to are traveling to or etcetera etcetera. So it's just something to keep in mind. There are also many different types of safety. Sometimes the place is extremely safe, but you need to worry about bank accounts. Or maybe some place is not safe at all. But, ah, if you are a tourist, you're safer. Or maybe you're less safe or etcetera said, or anyway, the other things that are easy to find out. But you should not neglect them, and you should figure out what the general safety situation is wherever you might be going 6. How to Pick 5 - Visa: Another big thing is visa requirements, and we'll be touching on what we touching on all of this later. A bit more. But this is all something to keep in mind when you're picking where to go that. Ah, if you're looking to work in that place, depending on your situation, as you need to keep visas in mind and don't neglect this, there's usually a way to go about this and no matter where you want to go, So if you are set on a one place, then, uh, then there will be a way to figure it out. But it can get very complicated as well. If you're trying to pick between two different places and one of them with whatever citizenship you have, is no problem working there while another one might be a hassle. We'll just keep it in mind because that my shift, the balance to the to the place where life is easier 7. How to Pick 6 - Keep in Mind: So just keep in mind that travel and living are very different things. And, for example, for me, I'm half Italian. I love traveling to Italy, but living there can be an issue. There are many issues with bureaucracy, with how things work in terms of just even in terms of using the post office from day today . But then, you know, in terms of setting up your electricity in terms of this, that and the other there many different things you need to keep in mind when living in a place. It's very different from just traveling as a tourist. If you love going to a beach somewhere, that doesn't necessarily mean you want to live. Their beaches are great for a few days, but, you know, after a week or two, like what else are you going to do on a beach? I I really don't like beaches. I find them boring, but I might not be the case for you. Maybe you love beaches, and if you're a surfer than chances are, you do. And so maybe it's someplace you want to seek. So just keep in mind, though, that living in a place and travel are different. So you kind of need to wear different glasses and look at them in a different way When you are trying to pick where you go, Um, it isn't necessarily just the place you want to travel to, but a place you want to live in as well. 8. Life Back Home - House: Okay, so now let's say you've decided on where you'd like to go, and you're getting ready to Ah, look into the location. Look into all the details, etcetera, etcetera. There quite a few things you need to get done before you leave. And eso here, we're going to start with what to do with your life back home. And as I mentioned before, you have constructed a whole life for you, wherever you are right now, and so you need to learn how to solely deconstruct it. Or at least put it on pause. Put on hold while you go abroad and their various things to take care of. So, first of all, let's start off with your house, your house, your apartment, your condo, wherever you might be living right now, you might own it. You might be renting it, etcetera, etcetera. So their various things you can do No, obviously, if you are renting it or even if you own it or however very often you can rent it out or sub let it, and so you can definitely look into this. If you know you're going to be gone for six months, if you know you're going to be gone for a year or a set amount of time that you can see if you can find someone to rent it out for that amount of time, at least you're guaranteed and come for that amount of time. And at least if you'd gone for six months, you find someone who can rent it out for six months that you don't have to worry about it later on. Another option is Airbnb. The good thing about Airbnb is that you can probably get more money for it. I mean, depending on what occupancy, what percentage occupancy you have. Ah, but the bad thing is that you need someone to manage it. You can't do it while you're abroad. You need someone on the ground to be able to handle stuff to send the cleaning lady in between Airbnb guests to ah, handle any problems that might come up etcetera, etcetera. Very often they're services that do this. I know. Ah, for my parents, I was able to put their place up on Airbnb in Switzerland so that they could ah, go stay in the States and yeah, they're in our small town in Switzerland. There happened to be a service that handles Airbnb rentals so they're more prevalent than you would think. You can look into that. You can see if there's a service that will handle any problems that will come up dropping off the key, picking it up, cleaning in between guests, etcetera, etcetera and see what their prices aren't. See if that's words that and that could work out as well. Another option is to just have a friend look over it. Maybe you're not too worried about having to rent it out or about the loss of income, but you shouldn't just leave it there. You shouldn't leave your apartment, just sitting there with no one to look over it. So, you know, have a friend someone you trust to look over it. Maybe just once a week, go over and check out the apartment. Just make sure everything's fine and they're no issues with it, etcetera, etcetera. You'll also probably want someone to check the mail, and so this friend could do that as well. And obviously, as I mentioned here, you could have some combination of all of this and, ah, for example, the apartment that I mentioned the Airbnb one for my parents had the person handle the Airbnb. We have Airbnb guests staying, but obviously they don't have access to the mailbox. And instead we have a family friend, basically, who passes by twice a week to check the mailbox and see if there's any mail for my parents . So their various options you can do the main thing you want to avoid here is to not do anything. First of all, it sucks. The first time I one of the first times I did this the first time I went to Taiwan, I ended up paying double rent. I was paying rent for my place in Portland while I went to Taiwan for three months. So yeah, that was a very quick way to during my bank account. So you do want to find a solution to this, and that's why you should be starting. Ah, while you're still back home, this should be one of the earlier steps you take to figure out what you want to do with your house with your apartment with your condo, etcetera, etcetera. If you can time and writing. If you're just renting it out, then just leave at the end of the lease, and then you don't have to worry about this. But if not, you should try to figure out some combination. Even if you're not too worried about the loss of income, At least have someone who has access to your apartment has a set of keys and can check up on it every now and then and also check on your mail. You also don't want male accumulating, by the way, Ah, while you're gone, because the best way for would be robbers and thieves to know that someone's not home is a whole bunch of mail in front of the front porch. That hasn't been collected yet, so he died in mind as well. 9. Life Back Home - Car: another issue is your car. If you do have a car assuming here to their various options, you can. First of all, you could rent your car out as well their services online and websites that help out with that. Or you can just do it through a friend of a friend. And, you know, basically rent the car out for six months for a year or something like that and let someone use it for a certain price. Or if you want, you can sell it because you'll always be able to get another car when you get back. And then at least I give you some liquidity and give you some cash you can use right now. If you don't mind selling your car again, you know this is very personal. Depends on your personal situation, what car you have, how long you're leaving for how you feel about the car, etcetera, etcetera. So just look into it, either renting it out, selling also loaning it to a friend if you don't need the ah, the cash right now, if you're not too worried about that part, then find a friend who might need a second car, maybe just doesn't mind having one has a garage space because it's better to loan the car to a friend who at least can start it up every now and then, then to just leave it in your, uh in your garage or somewhere. Which brings me to the to the last option, which is that's to park it and leave it there. I don't really recommend this for various reasons. First of all, if you're gone six months to a year, you know, however long it might be, it's not really good to leave the car there without anyone turning it on or checking up on it every now and then. I know the some people have recommended, like taking the tires off and putting it up on blocks, so that doesn't mess with the tire pressure, etcetera. I I wouldn't really recommend that, either. I I think it's a lot better. Chances are you do have a friend somewhere who won't mind having an extra car. You know, just say you can use this car to go to the grocery store, whatever if you want it while I'm gone. But I'd appreciate it if you at least turned it on once or twice a month or whatever it might be. So anyway, it's just something to keep in mind. It will be a bit easier than the house, but it's also something you should look into and that you should make a plan for before you leave. 10. Life Back Home - Possessions: so your other possessions now your other possessions will include furniture. They'll include your big screen TV. They'll include your appliances. They'll include. I don't know your your books or a bunch of your clothes. Maybe you don't need them. So what you gonna do with these were various options again, and they're easier than the other two above eso. I'll go through the options. One of them is storage. You can have a storage space. Chances are you will need storage space for some stuff at some point. So, uh, you know, you can see whatever fits in there, and then you could just deposit it there and not deal with it. Or it could be a great reason to get rid of stuff you haven't been using for years. Have a garage sale, Andi. These days I think it's more mawr online. So long Craigslist and offer your stuff either for free or for cheap. I've done this very often, especially in the States regs. This is one of the best places to do this. You just, ah, go up there listed, and chances are you'll find a bunch of people who might be interested in depending on what you have and what you're getting rid of. You can also check on eBay. Amazon is also another place you can check up on. Don't forget. Also check with Friend's, write it up on Facebook or wherever and say, Hey, anyone want a big screen TV or a couch or something along those lines, and chances are you'll find someone you can try charging a price If you start early, you can try charging a price early on, and then, when it comes down to it, say maybe a month before you're leaving. If you haven't found anyone to buy your stuff, then start offering it for for he Let's see how you feel again. This is this will depend on you on your situation. But just keep in mind that this is something else that you will have to deal with at some point. So see which best fits. You're your lifestyle and your possessions and, uh, and figure out which one works. One thing that I do not recommend that you can obviously do, but I don't really recommend it. And thats shipping all your stuff. A lot of people will feel Oh no, I'm really attached to this. Ah, you know that my furniture to my bookcase To my CD collection to my TV to my this, that and the other. And so I want to ship it all over. I generally don't recommend this for various reasons. First of all, whenever you're moving somewhere, you really don't know how permanent the move is gonna be, which means you might end up after a few months moving right back, in which case you're shipping stuff twice for no real reason. Second of all, no matter how attached you think you are too stuff, you'll be fine, even if you get rid of it. It's very rare that you get rid of it and you really miss that couch you had, because you can always get a new couch wherever you go. In fact, chances are you could get a new, nicer couch. I really don't think, um, shipping stuff is very rare, that I find it worth it to ship stuff, especially for going for three months, six months a year, something along those lines. I think it's better to put stuff in storage and then just buy new stuff wherever you might be going. Chances are you confined stuff that's cheap. Or, you know, if you take your time, you can whittle it down to the bare essentials, and it's a good excuse to get rid of stuff you don't need. So I think in terms of shipping stuff, leave that as a very last option. It's also, by the way, extremely expensive, usually to ship stuff, and it takes a long time. And, you know, stuff can get damaged in the process, etcetera. So try not to be to attach to your possessions and see if you can do something else with them and see if you can save on shipping costs. 11. EMPLOYEE - Transfer: with. So for all of you employees, your people working for company right now, I'm sure you're asking yourself a couple questions. You're probably wondering a couple things because you're saying, Well, it's not that easy for me. You know? I can't just pick up and leave. I can't just hand the keys off to a friend and, ah, put put my stuff into storage and just go because I have a job and everything rotates around it. So that's why I want to go through a couple options of what you can do as an employee right now. So let's start with asking to be transferred. I don't know where you work. Obviously, this depends where you work in your situation again. But does your company have a branch in a new city in a different city, in the different countries? More specifically, where you would like to go someplace you'd like to go? Does your company have a branch there? If so, find out what they work on, maybe the branch in the city you want to go to. You want to go to London and they work more on finance arm or in the European market. So try to make yourself marketable for this. If this is something you know you're interested in, brush up on those French language skills that you learned in college or, ah, try to see if you can make any local contacts or if you have any local context through friends of friends, try to see if the London office deals with finance, then try to brush up on your finance scales. See if you can take a some night course or online course, or I don't know something toe. Help you out with what you're doing and to make yourself more marketable, because at that point in time, you can say, Hey, look, I'd love the opportunity. If I've saw that there's an opening or if there is an opening, I think I can contribute because I have A B and C skills in this way, your company is not doing you a favor, but you are a good option for the company, especially if they're looking for someone new in that new city. They'd much rather higher internally than externally, and so you're giving them the option to do so. So you know. And so if your company does have an intra company job postings or stuff along those lines, definitely keep track of those because they'll present a good opportunity to be transferred . 12. EMPLOYEE - Work remotely: You can also ask to work remotely now their various methods for this. For those of you who read books like the four hour workweek in stuff like this, it touches on some methods. I don't know again, this very much depends on you. But basically how it works is you condone. Start off by showing how you can work from home. Take some sick days. Usually people say in the middle of the week, because if you take a sick day on a Monday or Friday, people assume you're having a long weekend. So take some sick days in the middle of the week and perform well if there's some project or something that you're working on. Um, you know, you're supposed to finish the third quarter projection analysis spreadsheet, and you have all week to do it. Take a sick day on Tuesday, calling six. Say sorry, I can't do it, but I work from home, and then when you come back in on, say, Wednesday morning, you have done a good job, and it shows that you are a good worker and you can start talking about how you work with a well from home and then you can leverage that to be able to work from home more often and possibly half a week at a time, a whole week at a time, maybe work remotely indefinitely and make that the main way. You worker? I don't know. It really depends on your situation. But you can use some variation of this in order to work from home more often and hopefully be able to leverage that to a more long term solution again. This has been dealt with in various books and other places. It really depends on your situation because, yeah, for some of you, it might not be viable. But ah, yeah, If you think it might be, then why not try it out? Another thing is, to quote unquote, blame it on a spouse or another family member who is moving abroad. If you can say, Hey, look, my wife, my husband is moving to London and like to follow him or her. But what are my options? So what you can do is at that point, go back to ah, if your company does have an office in London say, Look, my spouse is moving to London and by the way, You know, I do speak French, and I could do bubble blind. I saw our London office has an opening. Do you think I would be a viable option for that? And that very well could be the case. You never know until you check. Try to figure out if maybe something like that could work for you. Now, another option is to offer toe open a new branch in this new country. If you and I'm I imagine this would work mostly with smaller meeting businesses. And you know, I haven't expanded abroad, or at least having expanded to the country that you're targeting. And what you could say is Look, my spouse is moving to London or were planning. I moved to London. Why not open a new branch in there? I think I could probably open a new branch, or at least for our department there. And we can establish a whole new clientele there. My sister did this by the way. She was based in London and decided to ah, move to Atlanta. Her company did not have a branch in the U. S. Obviously they would not have chosen Atlanta had have been up to them. But she said, Look, I think we can open up a new branch of the company. We can open up the U. S. Market, which we don't have yet and I think it could be a good addition to our to our company. And so that's what she did. And it ended up being very successful. And I think within two years, pretty much all their growth was happening. The U. S. And it was more than 35% of all the company's revenues. It ended up being very good for the company itself on In the meantime, my sister got to move to Atlanta, so see which one of these options works for you. 13. EMPLOYEE - Leave of Absence: so another option if you don't think these other two can work or if you're trying them and they don't seem to work or something along those lines is ah, Toe asked for a leave of absence. You can ask for leave of, say, six months or a year, or however long you're gon. And by the way, a leave of absence can also mean a sabbatical. Certain companies have various options for before you, depending on the company, depending how long you been working there. So just see what sounds best or what works best for you. But you condone once again quote unquote, blame it on a spouse or another family member or just asked to leave and say, Hey, look, you know, I like a leave of absence six months to a year, and you don't have to pay me during that time or something along those lines. But I would like a job when I come back eyes. It's something that could work out on, you know, see what happens and see what happens with your boss for their company on what they say. By the way, you can also use this time to look for a new job or start a new job and without telling anyone. Basically, when you go to this new city, so you're going to London while you're there. Nothing really stops you from looking for a job there. And if you do find one in the meantime during your six months there, then you can decide. Hey, do I want to stay here and keep and keep this job here in London? Or do I want to go back to my old job? Or you can use that time to start a new job, maybe start your own thing online and see if that works out or something along those lines and see if you can make something of a go of it, you know, within those six months or a year or however long you're gon. 14. EMPLOYEE - Quit: Now, the last option here is to quit your job and find a new one. If none of these come work out for you, you always have the option of quitting your job and trying a new one. Obviously, this is something you want to start working on ahead of time. And so, yeah, this is what my wife did. She started looking for a job ahead of time here in the States. And as I mentioned before, she interviewed in various places she interviewed in D. C. In Atlanta in Charlotte and the one in Charlotte happened to work out, and actually, it turned out great cheese and job she loves. And so, if you really want to move abroad, try starting to look for a new job and see what you confined. And maybe you can quit your job that you had before for this new one. And who knows? It might even be a step up. I mean, hell, that's international experience and experience in a new country, a new city. It might not be all that bad for your career. So all of this is just to show you that there are quite a few options and I know when you work in a company, you feel that there aren't that many options. You have to stay there and very often. What a company will do is if they ever catch wind that you were thinking of leaving. They find ways of attracting you back in, usually by means of a bonus or a raise of some sort or something along those lines. So you really need to evaluate it for yourself. I've seen too many people, except that bonus, except that raise and not be able to move a broader. They're going to a business for themselves or something along those lines. And quite frankly, I do find offering a raise or something along those lines akin to extortion. Almost, I mean, not really extortion. But, you know, it's kind of a payoff for you to stay off in the company. And, yeah, it is a payoff. You get that money, but evaluate for yourself. If this is something you really want to do, then stay strong. I just wanted to show you that there are quite a few options here, and so I think they're worth looking into, no matter what your situation might be, and I would try looking at a bit of all of them, you know, maybe a combination of them and seeing what can work out. And you might be surprised. You never know. You might be very pleasantly surprised. 15. Before you leave - Find a place: So obviously before you leave, as I mentioned before, there there are some things you need to do. You can't just pick up and leave tomorrow because they're things to take care of. I've already covered what to do with your housing, what to do with your car, what to do with your possessions. You obviously also want to say bye to your friends and let them know. But you can do all of that on your own time if you're an employee. I also cover the fact that you need to see what to do about your job and how to go about the transfer. In that situation, However, I thought I should cover a couple other things that you should look into before you leave. First of all is finding a place to live. You really don't want to wait until you get there to start your search. You want to hit the ground running, and ideally, when you could do is already have a couple appointments in place. For when you first arrived there, I find this is a great way to First of all, get the lay of the land. If you are spending your first couple of days looking at different apartments at different houses, and you're looking at 56 different houses a day. This that's the best way to go all around the city. It forces you to see all different parts, all different neighborhoods. And so really, you really get a feel for this new city that you're in. It's also a great way I find to get over jet lag because you have stuff to do as soon as you get there. You have no excuse to just start napping in the middle of the day. I think you should set up its many employment says you can. Obviously, when you're setting up the appointments, don't do too many. This really depends on the city that urine etcetera. But usually I say, do say three per day and no more because you never know what the situation is in terms of transportation in terms of traffic or something along those lines. So just do that. You can also always add stuff on while you're there. Every time I've looked for places with my wife, when we're just driving around the city or just going around, we'll see signs that safe release for rent, you know, stuff like that and we can just walk in and check it out, so that shouldn't be a problem. But set up, I would say three appointments per day for the first few days that you're there, because then it will give you a chance to check it out and get the lay of the land. Look for me and my wife. When we came to Charlotte, that's what we did. We ended up actually going with the first, the absolute first apartment we looked at when we saw it online. We we really liked how it looked, and so we That's why we that was the first appointment we set up. We ended up looking at all the other places anyway, and it definitely wasn't a waste because once again, we got a good idea of what else was on offer of the layout of the city. Every time you look at a place, people will talk to you about what's in the neighborhood and ah, and what's good and what isn't etcetera. So it's definitely not wasted time, and so that's usually my recommendation, but either way, regardless, definitely start looking for a place to live before you leave. Check online. Check local real estate listings. Usually any search can give you an option, and you can start checking that way. 16. Before you Leave - Transportation: Also, you want to figure out transportation this new place they're going to do they have good public transport. Can you walk from place to place? Should you rent a car when you first get there? Do they have car sharing? This is like Zipcar and other options. If so, you want to figure it out ahead of time. Really? This depends if you're going to Europe many times, you don't need to worry about a car. In fact, it's better without a car. If you're in the middle of a city, you could just walk around or rely on public transportation. If you're relying on public transportation, get an idea about it ahead of time. You know, go to the websites and see what you need. Maybe you start off with a weekly pass, and that way you don't have to worry about getting tickets each time, and you can go anywhere you need in the city. Check out the map, see how easy it is toe go around and it gives you gives you an idea of how to handle transportation 17. Before you Leave - Payments: also figure out payments. This is something you need to do, especially for the beginning. Once you get there, you look, you can change money in the airport, and that's great. But you want to make sure that you have enough cash on hand. You also want to check out what the A T M situation is, and, uh, and how you're going to be getting cash out, at least for the first couple weeks of the first month. If you are able to set up a bank account there than from that moment on, that's how you can deal with cash. Otherwise, you know, figure how you're gonna handle this so you can usually find bulletin boards and, ah, groups for expats that have a bunch of people who live there who can answer any questions. Or chances are they've asked them already, and they have the answers to them up there and you'll find for a lot of these points I mentioned. If you can find a group of expats living in the place that you're going to, then it will be very useful in terms of asking questions and in terms of getting answers. Another thing you want to figure out his payments going forward. Uh, if you are working for yourself if you're working on line. If you're an entrepreneur, maybe you're receiving payments directly through a bank account, and or maybe you're receiving a check or maybe receiving it in person. A lot of these won't work if you're abroad, and so you need to try to figure this part out. PayPal is a great option. Skrill is another option. Or if you could get a local bank account, see what? See how that works and how hard, or how easy it is to get a bank account wherever you're going. Or maybe you still have access to your bank account and the fees aren't too bad. And so you can try doing that. Or what you can do is have your local bank account where you are right now, and as long as you have access to it abroad, you can use out of the beginning. And then if you see that the fees air too much, then you can find other options. Once again, A Google search and finding ah local group of expats abroad can pretty much answer all these questions 18. Before you Leave - Others: Another thing is WiFi. Figure it out. You're definitely going to need it wherever you go and coffee shops air find most places in the world have coffee shops with WiFi, and it's usually not too much of a problem. Go there by a coffee and then you get access to WiFi. You can do whatever you need. Most places also have the portable. My five thing or whatever they're called supportable think you can carry around. That gives you access to a WiFi no matter where you are. And usually you can get these in airports on. And there was a pretty good deal, you know? So maybe when you land there, go to the airport and get it for a week or so until you figure out whatever your situation is. But you do want to make sure that you have access to WiFi because you definitely will need it and where you are right now, it's not an issue because you yourself one probably has data. But remember, wherever you are going, that might not be an issue. So keep WiFi in mind. So once again, for all the stuff I mentioned here, you can go toe online groups and bulletin boards. Find out what you can look for. Expats in X y Z City. Look for foreigners living in X, y Z city or country or whatever it might be, and chances are you'll find groups that can that can help you out. With this, I also recommend finding meet ups. These are easy. You could go to meet up dot com. Another one is inter nations dot org's. I'll get into this more in detail later on, but if you can find some meet ups, then as soon as you arrived, you can start attending these meet ups, and this lets you ask your questions right away and also lets you start establishing a network right from the get go. So I recommend trying to find these before you get there, but definitely try to search for groups of foreigners. Many times it's takes the guise of Facebook groups or just online bulletin board groups, etcetera, etcetera, where people answer and ask questions. Another tip I have, and something I think you should keep in mind is that everything you plan will take double . You'll have to spend double that's double the time and double the money. And so all these plans in terms of finding a place to live, finding transportation, figure out the payments. All this stuff once you get there, I mean, they're just stuff that you that you haven't accounted for. They will be things. There were issues with the language, with the different currency, with the transportation with a different way of living life, etcetera, etcetera. So just account for double the time and double the money. Look, if that's not the case, then you'll have a pleasant surprise, you know? And if it ends up taking less, But when you're are making your plans and when you're trying to plan out, how many days will need how much money you'll need to do stuff, figure it out, figure out the number of days, come up with a plan, and then once you've done all that, just double it. And that way, at least you have your margin of error and you're safe, and you really never know what will come up in a new city. And the best way to account for it is just to give yourself plenty of cushion 19. Visa Section 1 : So now we should take a moment to talk about visas by visas. Obviously, I don't mean the credit card. I mean, the temporary permit to enter a different country kind of card visa is something that you may or may not need to enter into a different country or to stay there for a certain amount of time, or to be able to do certain things in that particular country. And visas are not something you should be ignoring, but more and more, you should be taking them seriously, or at least taking them into account when you do go to another country, especially when you're moving there for any determined periods time. So first thing you should do with visas is to check to see if you need one for the amount of time that you're staying. If you're planning on going to a country for, say, three months or six months, then it might be very different from going as a tourist ingesting for a week or two. For example, I and I might have this wrong, but I believe if you are from the u, you can come to the United States to travel for no problem. But if you stay longer than three months or I think it might be six months that you definitely need a visa. And you know you can't just stay indefinitely and do whatever you want. And this goes for every country out there pretty much you need to check to see if you need a visa. And at what point in time you need a visa if you need it. After two months, one month, three months, six months, etcetera. This is usually quite easy to check. You could check on any embassy website, and you can find the information. Now, if you do need a visa and it turns out that you need it, definitely get it. You should check what your options are. Usually you can get either, yeah, tourist visas up their student visas, and this will really depend on your situation. If you're planning on studying a local language or something along those lines anyway, they look into programs like this. When I first went to Taiwan, this is what I did. I knew I wanted to study Chinese anyway, and so I signed up to be a student that I got a student visa to stay there. Otherwise, sometimes they have other things called visitor visas or every country is different. And so you'll need to look into whatever your target country is and see what options they have. And if you don't need a visa, then I recommend checking again and making sure, because, once again, maybe you don't need a visa to enter. But you do need a visa to stay longer than three months. Or maybe you don't need a visa for to stay three months. But you do need a visa if you want to actually work and earn money there. And so you should double check this and make sure that a you don't need the visa or if you do, and then be what you can do with that visa. If a visa less. You stay there as a tourist for three months, but you're not allowed to work. Then you need to see what your options are, and usually they're ways to go about this. But you kind of do want to make sure that you have everything settled, or at least know what kind of atmosphere there is because, as I mentioned before, countries are getting more knowledgeable about this about people living abroad because more , more people are doing so and they can be very relaxed or they could be very strict. It really depends. A lot of them were trying to encourage more people to come over, so it'll be very relaxed. Other people are trying to get more and more strict, so it's good to get an idea of this and see what you should be doing in these situations. 20. Visa Section 2 - Online Groups: So my advice for this is always to check online groups. You can usually find online groups of foreigners or expats. Or what have you living in your target destination? Your target city, your target country. And usually they're very helpful. So usually, if you want to find groups of expats or foreigners living wherever you go, you can usually just type in the name of the place, the country of the city and then expats, foreigners, etcetera, etcetera, who lived there and something will come up. But sometimes you need to dig around a bit. For example, when I was in Taiwan, it took me a while before I realized before I found this group, this group. Now I lived in Taipei, Taiwan. Kaohsiung is a different city, and this in the south of Taiwan is complete different. But this is a Q and A group for foreigners living in Kaohsiung, and actually, it's I found it to be probably the most useful group for the whole, for the country as a whole. As you can see, they're usually like this. They're usually groups on Facebook. They're not the pages or stuff like that. They're usually set up his groups, and, um, and then you can see they'll have rules here of, ah, stuff you can do. You can not doing the group, you know, just to make sure that it's helpful and you'll find stuff like this. What's the best hidden gem restaurant? Uh, and then does anyone know if it's possible to have a large suitcase shipped home? I'll be backpacking Southeast Asia. The low block. I'm looking for quality tattoo parlor. You find a bit of everything here, and as you can see, 11 more comments like quite a few people tend to comment on. This stuff is there explains what I can, turning a bunch of coins in exchange for bills. It's looking for recommendations. Looking for California avocados. You'll find a bit of everything. So if you're looking to go toe so if you're looking to go to Taiwan, let's say or and especially got shown, then this will be a great group for you, right? Because you can probably scroll through and finances to all your questions. Or you can ask. And chances are, quite a few people will respond and come up with a reply and just to give another example when I was in Lugano. Now I sort of grew up there, but still, I was curious as to see what all the experts and Ah, here we go English speaking in Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland. I was curious to see what was going on in terms of expats in the international community here. And as you can see once again, this is Ah, they have the rules up here. Facebook pays for expensive and good speakers living in Luton, famous to help one another etcetera, etcetera. And, uh and so you find stuff for sale? Does anyone know where I could buy some? Led Once again, It says people asking various questions. Um, I meant to be paying V a t on free of delivery charge. And there are a lot of ah different types of questions all over the place and usually with quite a few comments looking for recommendations where I can buy American maple syrup, etcetera, etcetera. So look for groups like this. Wherever you go and chances are you'll find something. Usually they tend to be English speaking. That tends to be the common language. But you can check, for example, here I'm going to do something Now I'm in. Ah, Charlotte, Let's look for let's say, Yanni Charlotte and actually did this before doing this video. So I know there actually is no tired groups in Charlotte, and But I wanted to go through what I would do, You know, if I were looking for a group of Italians here in Charlotte, I would, uh, would search here, and I see that there's nothing really around here. But then I try to find something close by. So I know Atlanta is a city that's close by. So let's look at that time here. There is a group, Um, and it's Ah, you can click to join Group. It's a closed group, so I'm not gonna join now because it's, um, you know, I would be joining under false pretenses and say We see here six new post today. Ah, 270 members. So chances are is very active, and you'll get a good response and chances are any Italians. And this is just for Italians. And in the Atlanta area, chances are few in Charlotte. A lot of it will apply to you as well so they could get quite niche to I'm sure they're other groups for Europeans in the general area for people coming internationally. And if you search around, you'll find these groups. I tend to search on Facebook, first of all, but then you can check on meet ups and you can check. You could just try Googling and see what pops up and try to see what happens. But this is usually a go to for me. I go on Facebook and I try to see what expect our foreigner groups there are in whatever city I might be moving to. 21. Visa Section 3 - Tips: look, usually what happens? In fact, I know quite a few people who do this even when they're married with a family and they work without a visa because they were used to the system. And that's how it works. And no one really bothers them. I tend to avoid this, if at all possible. Just because you never know. And all it takes is some a neighbor who hates you and finds out about your situation to decides to report you to the cops. At that point, the cops have no choice. They have to follow up on something like that. So if you can try to get your visa straight, if you don't care, Look, if you if you're single and you're traveling a place and you want to experience it and don't really care if they kick you out of the country, But then I mean, just be aware of what might happen. And once again, these groups that I mentioned so many times before of expats they can usually help also be very careful about renewals. Now, if you do get a visa, you need to have it renewed on time. You need to pay very close attention to when it expires. This is very different from going on a tourist visa and trying to work a bit under the table, which you might or might not get away with. But renewals are tend to be very strict because usually what they'll say is 90 days or something like that. Don't just tell yourself automatically is three months. Today is the 15th so it'll be on the 15th after three months. No, 90 days might mean on the 14th of 13 you don't know and they're very precise about this. In fact, I've It could be such a headache, even if you're one day late. I had ah, one friend of mine, exactly who just did the calculation wrong, and she decided to go to the embassy to have a renewed. And it was already the 90 98 or 91st day, and it was such a headache. She had to leave the country. She couldn't come back for about a month, and it was this all this stuff. And you know, this is bureaucracy, I'm sure, and all that stuff, but still it pays to be very careful about renewals. Seriously, go ahead of time go a week or two ahead of time. Even more. You know you don't get no penalty for renewing ahead of time, so pay attention to when it needs to be renewed. Leave yourself plenty of time to renew it. All these things that I've been telling you about visas might seem pretty heavy, and it might seem a lot to take into account or to keep in mind. So seriously. If you're in doubt, check with your embassy now, preferably before you leave. So if you're for example, say you're French and you want to go to Peru, then before leaving check with your Peruvian Embassy or the consulate in whatever city you are in France, go and check with them called check their website first, but called them up. I find it better to talk to someone because you never know how often they update their website. Many times they don't do it very often, and if you can, the best would be to go there. If you can spare an afternoon or something, just go to the embassy. What I've found is, even though they are bureaucracy and government and todos etcetera, usually they're pretty helpful with stuff like this. They know what they're doing. They know what they're saying, and they're quite helpful for someone like you who's trying to, you know, figure out how to get to the country. And if you haven't left for the country than be open about it, say, Hey, look, I'm planning on going there for three months. I'll be working online. Is there a way I could do this now? If they tell, you know there's no way, then you can reevaluate, then check and see if it's worth the risk or not. But chances are they'll tell you Well, yeah, this is the way you have to do what you have to play for this reason, or else you can just go and do it or anyway, just talk to them, give you an idea. And even when you are in the country, if you're live, you've left France and you're in Peru and you're wondering about renewal or about what you can do under the visa stuff like that there to see if you could just go to the consulate or the embassy and talk to them and get an idea, and if you already in the country. So in this scenario, if you're if you are the French person who already went to Peru, then you can usually check with the local French consulate or embassy. Or you can check with the immigration authorities and check with their office. I know a lot of this might sound daunting might sound intimidating, but in my experience, most of these people are. They're very knowledgeable and they're quite open, you know, they're happy to talk to. You might have to wait in line before you get there. But once you do talk to them and tell them your situation, they usually be quite helpful. So my recommendation is, if you have any doubts, check with them. And these are the official representatives. You know what they tell you will be correct, and so you can rely on it, Uh, for the most part. So if you are in doubt, check with any embassy or consulate just to make sure 22. Health : Medical : So now we're gonna deal with medical issues, Health issues, issues along these lines for when you're traveling. Obviously, these will be very different for each person. It depends on your personal situation on your health situation on where you're from, on your target location and various other things. But as a general rule, I would say, first of all, to get all your checkups before leaving. This is your health. Check up, get your teeth cleaned, get whatever else you need to be done. So everything's squared in a way as much as possible before leaving that way. It's one less thing to worry about when you're there, and this is a pretty big thing. So as long as you have everything in order before you're leaving, then you're better off. The second thing is to get health insurance. You can usually get traveler's health insurance If something along those lines, no matter where you are, check with your local the health insurance company you have right now or else you can check online for other types of travel health insurance, and you can find information pertaining to you once again, depending on your country and your situation. Usually it's not too expensive. The few times I've gotten it isn't really that bad as long as I just get something extra just for travel and it lasts. I mean, it obviously has a finite amount of time during which you can use it. But you can get something like that for now, at least preliminarily, when you're first going to the new country. Also, another thing I recommend is toe. Always bring the first aid kit, and you can include whatever you like in there. I usually includes something like Band AIDS, painkillers. I might have sleeping pills or something to help me sleep or disinfectant and, uh, things along those lines. You want to be ready in case you have cuts, bruises, minor things, things that don't require a doctor or hospital. But at least you can take care of it right away and not have to worry about trying to find these things at the last minute before they become big things. I would also recommend keeping an emergency fund at the beginning. A number you can come up with could be 30% of your budget if you keep this aside in a different funds so you don't touch it, but you keep it is an emergency fund. Once you live in the new place for a while, you get a better idea. You can adjust accordingly, but at least for me, I generally try to keep 30% of my budget aside as an emergency fund, just in case it's needed. Of course, when you arrive in the new place, you should try to inform yourself right away and once again, the best ways to do this. At the beginning, before you know where to go is toe check with local people. So this means check with the local Facebook groups, local meet ups, whoever you might meet and try to get a general idea. By the way, once you do get more comfortable living in the new place, you're going to start finding tremendous advantages. For instance, for me and my wife, whenever we need our annual checkup or things along, those lines will wait until we're in Taiwan to do that because it costs less. The doctors are extremely good and, ah, and most of them speak English as well, so you can try to see what your situation is. Maybe you'll find out that dental care is easier in one place. But maybe general health insurance is is easier back home where you came from, and so you can kind of coordinates and figure out a way to make it work out Either way, once again, this will depend on each person on each situation. Still see what works best for you. 23. EMPLOYEE Section - Plan on Working for a Company?: now, once again for your employees, maybe you plan on working for a company. And so a lot of those things about accepting payment online or stuff like that doesn't really apply to you. But you have to worry about other things, so well, let's go through it. First of all, working for company coming various things If you figured out a way to work for your company back home and you're going to this new place and the biggest thing to keep in mind at the beginning is the time difference. Ah, very often people don't keep this in mind, But there will be a time difference so very often what this means and honestly, what this means for me. Even though I'm an entrepreneur, my main clients are in Europe, so I do need to keep this into into account. So what I would do is just keep it in mind. This will mean you have to wake up early, but it also means you get to finish work early. Or maybe it means they need to work late. But that also means that you can sleep in late. So figure out what the deal is after a while you get into the routine and you'll figure it out also, especially since your company knows you're abroad as well. But I figure out what the routine is and just keep it in mind. What if you're not working for a company back home, but you are planning on working for a new company? So first of all, you can apply for jobs through the usual websites. Monster dot com indeed dot com Go look at whatever country. Whatever city you're looking to move to and find out what job search engines they have, their chances are they'll have something more local, and you definitely want to check that out again. This is a question of updating your resume, putting it up on there and trying to see what you can get. Pretty much every single country has its own personal type of job search website, and so figure out what it is for that country. You can usually just google it and and make sure you upload all your information there as well. By the way, I would also include here any temp job agencies, their job agencies that you can find some well known ones or a Deco. There's manpower, and there are plenty of others. Very often they specialize in temp work. But use these anyway because even if you get a temp job, first of all, it's better than nothing. And you can use that to make some money while you look for something else. Or very often. Even though they specialize in temp jobs, they still offer full time jobs. And if you let them know you're looking for something full time, you never know. It doesn't hurt. So look into all of these options as well. Another way is to just search yourself for local opportunity search for, say, administrative assistant, plus the city. If you're an administrative system right now and you want to move to London, then look for administrative assistant plus London. Now if the city is used to expats and should have a system in place for stuff like this and what I mean is someone abroad looking for someone who is from another country looking for a job. I know I grew up in Switzerland, and I know there quite a few expats there who moved there for, Ah, the finance world, right, and they'll go there to work for a bank or something along those lines, but they'll bring along their spouse, and so these spouses will have to look for a job themselves. And so there's this whole network that this whole system in place for the spouses of the expats who come over and who are looking for a job. And so try to tap into this network and see if you can find something, because very often they'll have a whole system in place for finding a job for someone from outside the country. And you never know what opportunities they might have once again find groups on Facebook. Meet up dot com, etcetera, etcetera, where you can ask question and ask for leads. And as I mentioned before, these are groups of, Ah, local expats, expats who live in whatever your target city is. These expats, they're gonna have the 411 They're gonna have the information on everything you need. Chances are someone already asked this information, and so you can find the answers. If not, just ask it yourself. They tend to be all the experience I've had for all these online groups. They're extremely helpful. They really want to help other people in their same shoes. And so I really found them extremely helpful, extremely outgoing, extremely eager to, ah, help other people out. So if you can find these, these are a gold mine. So, you know, don't be afraid to go on these and say, Hey, I'm plan on moving there and I'm an administrative assistant or my background is in design . Or is it this that and the other, um, you know, are there any any options? Anything you think you could look into? This is a link to my resume or something along those lines to my linked in profile. And just so you can see who I am because very often these people will know someone don't know someone personally who was looking for something, and so they can link you directly. And so don't discount this and find out what local group of experts you confined and try to tap into it. Also, find any other groups that can tie you into Ah, whatever city, whatever target city target country you have now, this is your alumni situation that you went to a college somewhere, you know, whatever cause you you might have gone to. Chances are they have a network, and so you can check into whether or not they have a branch in whatever city you're going to. This is usually easy to find out. By the way, if you can yourself, you can always email someone. If you go into whatever university website you have, click on alumni. They usually have a contact email. Just email them, say, Hey, I'm planning on going to La Paz, Bolivia. I'm planning on going Teoh Chili or I'm planning on going somewhere. Do we have an expect community there? Do we have an alumni network there? Do you know? Do we have any graduates from our college who live there and see what they say? And they'll probably put you in touch with someone, and then you could take it from there. Another thing is, if you're a member of, say, the Rotary Club or something along those lines that you can see if you have a branch, any club you might be part of that has a branch in other cities or in other countries it's worth looking into, and eso check into that another thing in sports. If you really like to play tennis or curling or skiing or something along those lines. Check for sports clubs in the place that you're going to, because, look, this is something where you speak the language and you can say, Hey, I love tennis. I play here and there and I love doing this Any tennis enthusiasts in London and then see who replies. You know, chances are you'll get a bunch of people who are interested intense. You'll find local groups of local tennis enthusiasts, and you can use this to say, Hey, I'm planning on moving a few months one of the best tennis courts, and use that and then you congratulate. As you start talking to them. Ask other information as well. Where is the best places to live and what do you recommend? Etcetera, etcetera. Another thing is hobbies, and this ties into the same way of sports. Hobbies could be like hiking can be whatever you enjoy doing in spare time. Chances are people enjoy doing that, and whatever your target city or target country, it's so look into that as well. Unless but not least, is chambers of commerce looking to the Chamber of Commerce of wherever you're going now. This could be very different, depending on where you are. But usually most cities will have an international chamber of commerce. So say, if you are American and you're going to Tokyo, there will be an American Chamber of Commerce there. And so that's what you should be looking into. And I mentioned this because if you're involved with the local chamber of commerce, it will usually just be a city chamber of commerce. But when you're going abroad, you want to look into the international chambers of commerce, and so just keep that in mind. But still, those are usually very helpful, and they'll have a lot of information. By the way, there are a lot of other places you can check on. Ah, usually an embassy website or consulate website will have information for expats planning to move there. It'll be generic information, but it won't hurt to check. And they might have links to local chambers of commerce and other groups to look into a swell. So, uh, feel free to look into that. And then any other group you can think of any other group that you're a part of right now. Chances are. If they don't have a branch abroad, they haven't equivalent abroad. And so look into that as well, because I can always help out. 24. Once you get there - Your First Steps: - So now that you've prepared everything and you've anticipated everything and you've got in your tickets and you book your flight and you've looked into various places that you can live in and you've looked into the transportation situation, what to do, work wise, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. And basically you've been planning your whole life there. And so you're ready to go and you set off. So there are a couple things once you do get there that you should keep in mind and that you should act upon first of all, the most important things. And I've touched on this before, but it bears repeating shelter, transport and access to money. These were the most important things. You need shelter. You need a place to stay. You need to be able to get from a to B at any point in time. So you'd figure out the transport situation and as I mentioned before, access to money and I mentioned this here again because things might change and or things might be a bit different from what you expected or something might not work well, so just make sure once you get there, you be like, OK, that's double check. I do have the shelter. I do have access to this apartment. Chances are you will figure that out. Transportation? Yes, I do have access to this car. Or I can use this subway or whatever. It might be access to money. Yes, I can get access to money. This works. Okay. Good. So these were the three most important things. The other things. You'll be able to figure them out as you go along. Also, figure out the work situation. If you're working for yourself, you need to make sure that you chances are you need WiFi and a place to sit down. Or maybe you need access to something else. Figure out what it is and go through a test run or something along those lines. But make sure you have a coffee shop nearby that you can work from, or that you can work from home if you have life already available. Or maybe wherever you live has a business center. And so you can work from there or this coworking space or someone else's office or whatever . Combination. Anyway, make sure that there's a place that you can work from, because presumably you want to start working pretty soon, and so you want to make sure that works out. So whatever the work situation might be for you just ah, as soon as you get to your target city to your target destination, just make sure that it does work out that the WiFi does work. You know that you do have a place to sit down or that you do have an office to work out of etcetera. And also definitely you need to improvise, adapt, overcome. When you get to someplace something's gonna be different, they're going to be things that you did not anticipate that you did not hear about. And it could be anything again. It could be something mundane, like groceries, and that you don't know how it works out or how to get phones or something along those lines. For example, you might go to Italy, and you might want to get a coffee and get to the counter, order your coffee and then realize that you can't order coffee at the counter and they'll say, Oh, no, no, you can't order here. Maybe already waited in line a bit and you said, 01 espresso, please. Or when espresso or whatever and they'll say, Oh, no, you can order here. You have toe order over at the cashier, and usually that's what happens. You go to the cashier and you pay their Tell him what you want. You pay there and then you come, uh, to the bar with your receipt and, uh and then they prepared for you. I say, usually it's various locations, but you'll definitely find this in many places, including the last time I was in my pain side in the main airport in Milan. They do that and you know, many coffee shops around. So just realize things are gonna be different, and you're going to do stuff like waiting in line to order coffee and then not be able to. And but as long as you know ahead of time that things are gonna happen, you're gonna look odd or weird, or you're gonna look like a fool or gonna feel like a fool. But you're gonna learn from it. And trust me any time you look like a fool, you learn from it very quickly. And so, you know, don't let it get you down. Don't worry about it and realize that you're gonna have to improvise sometimes, and you're gonna have to adapt. So and by the way, this can happen both ways. Many times you'll be pleasantly surprised. For example, if you're in Seoul Station and you're flying with one of the Korean Airlines, you can check in your luggage at Seoul Station, which means you can check in, get your boarding pass, give your luggage there at the soul train station. This is the main train station, and so in Seoul. And then not only that, but you can go through immigration right there. They put a stamp on your ticket and they tell you, OK, now you can go through the diplomats line and you don't have to go through wait in line through the normal X ray machine and the normal ah, you know, line to have your passport checked. But you can brush there with all the diplomats, and then from there you just take the express train straight to the airport, and this is a very pleasant surprise, and you so you can have surprises either way. So just realized that things will work differently. You know certain places when you want to ask for the check. You have to call the waiter over. This is usually in the West. But usually when you go to the east in Asia, most places least that I've been to. Whenever you want to pay, you just go over to the cashier and you pay on your way out again. Every place has their own ways of doing things, and you're gonna figure it out quickly enough and usually becomes second nature after a few days. But things will be a bit different. So don't always expect things to be like back home. Or ask yourself, Well, why can't they do things like back home? But ah, embrace it and realize things will be different? You're going to get things wrong every now and then. And yes, sometimes things won't make much sense. You know, for example, having to wait in two different lines to order coffee at a bar. It might seem odd to you, and look, that's one of the first things that you can start talking about with other experts or other people you meet. And you could start saying, Well, why the hell would they do that? And yeah, you know, some people some people will say, Well, it helps from the flow of traffic. And so there's not too much, not too many people ordering coffee at the same time or whatever. Maybe other people will say, Yeah, I think it's ridiculous to either way just realize whatever happens, even if you get it wrong. Even if you look like a fool and feel like a fool, it will give you a good story. So my best advice, there would be just a grin and bear it and move on. 25. Tips - Classes: So as a tip here, I would say one of the main things I like to do when I moved to a new place is to sign up for language classes. Chances are, if you're in a new country, they speak a different language. So sign up for language classes. Even if you speak the language relatively well, sign up anyway. Their various reasons for this the main will. The main reason, obviously, is to learn the new language. I found most places I go to. People tend to be very patient. If you speak the local language, it's almost like a form of flattery. They feel flattered that you're trying to learn their language trying to communicate in their language. And I've had it happen various times to me. I remember trying to order food and it took forever. I was no. In fact, I was just order coffee and I was just and I was It was taking me forever to try to order, and I was doing it in Chinese, by the way, and my Chinese was abysmal and, uh and it took me forever. And then finally, when I was done, ordered my coffee, the cashier tell me. Told me in English in grade English, said Wow, you're Chinese is really good and, you know, part of me felt like, Well, you could have switched to English right away, but he was really patient with me and trying Teoh, just Ah, let me practice my Chinese and and I find that as long as you try speaking in the language , people do tend to be very patient with you. In most places, you go to not all the time, but usually. And so it's Ah, it is good And like taking language classes is great because it helps you meet other people who have your saint shoes and so you can help each other out. Chances are other people learn the language or other people who are foreigners like you and who have moved there recently and are trying to figure out life there. Justus you are. And so it's a great place to meet other people who are in your same shoes, and you guys can help each other out. They'll know about resource Is that maybe you didn't and so it works out well, by the way, if you move to a place where you already speak the language, then, actually, you're in a much better situation. In that case, I would suggest you join other classes. If you speak the language, you can take classes in anything else. Find night classes, find local universities or whatever might be that offer classes that you can take whatever your hobby might be your favorite sports or your favorite subject or something along those lines. And there you'll find other people who are local, by the way, because presumably if it's a class taught in the local language, they'll be. There's more chance that their local and ah and so then you'll get access to a lot more information. Plus, you get to talk to other people in a setting that you enjoy prison. One believes the class about something you're interested in, so it will be very relaxed and will be about something that you're interested in. So I I usually recommend, and what I always try to do is I try to find classes that I could take locally. Another thing to keep in mind is Ah, meetups meetups. You could go to meet up dot com. You can go to inter nations dot org's these air just two of the main websites where you can find other people, usually from out of town or not. But either way, you can find other people that you can talk to. You can just network. Usually they have meet ups where you can just network and hang out and talk to them in a relaxed manner. You know, over drinks or over dinner or something along those lines, they'll have mawr seemed events as well, and so definitely check them out. If, by the way you don't find any meet ups or inter nations or anything along those lines where you are, then feel free to set up your own. This happened to me when I first moved to Taipei. I was looking for a meet up that that was Franch Bernard entrepreneurs living in Taipei, and at the time there were intending now there plenty, But at that time this is 2012. There weren't any, and so what happened was a buddy of mine and I set up our own and we set up a meet up for entrepreneurs in Taipei and which, by the way, it's still going on. Now that I've left Taipei, and and he's no longer involved as well. We've handed it over to someone else, has over 1000 members. But, you know, we figured when we set it up, look who s case scenario. We're just gonna have beer. So set up your own meet up. Worse case scenario, you'll go out and have a beer and see if anyone else shows up. And in fact, the first couple of meet ups only a few people will show up. But then, from there on, you'll, you know, make some context. And, uh, chances are if it's something you're interested in, if it's a meet up and you're interested in that meet up, then chances are someone else's as well. And so it's always useful to look for it something going on in terms of meet ups or in terms of classes as well. Etcetera, etcetera 26. Tips - Dr. Smith: So this is a tip. I'm not sure if it is really a tip, but it's something that I do and that I found quite useful and whatever. I make reservations in hotels, but also planes or car rentals, etcetera. There's an option to put Mr Mrs Miss etcetera, etcetera. I always put Dr I'm not a doctor. I don't have a PhD. I'm not a clinical physician or anything along. I've absolutely no, I'm not a doctor at all, but what I have found when I do this again, it just might be my impression. But I found that usually, like on a hotel, they'll put me on a higher floor. Or, let's say, Ah, more quiet floor. They're gonna assume that I'm not rowdy, that I'm not there to party and, uh, and make a ruckus and all that, and so they'll sort of treat me accordingly. So again, I'm not sure. Maybe this is all just in my head, and, uh, and you don't want to do that or you think it's unethical or something along those lines and fine. But I found, at least maybe it's my impression. Maybe it's a placebo effect, but I still do it that whenever gives me the option, I just put in doctor, because why not 27. Tips - Car Rental Tips: So here I wanted to show you quickly. The first place I go to rent a car is always kayak dot com, and I recommend using one of these websites that aggregate PSA Bunch of different choices, like kayak dot com just because you tend to get the best deals. And I recently was using it for Milan. And so I wanted to show you an example of, ah, of what will happen. So if you go to kayak dot com, you can click on hotels, flights, etcetera, etcetera. So you click on cars and, ah, and then you enter where you're going. So I put Milan Maupin. So that's the airport. And, ah, let's just put some dates. Ah, you know, I don't know. Let's put something random for a whole week. Yeah, January 10th to 17th and then let's click here and then see what pops up and right away you'll see that it gets different companies and this is Sicily by car, Cicely by car or a whole lot of these air Cicely by car. But ah, and here via something and all that on Avis and whatnot anyway. And you have to see what what they have. And as you can see here, they have some very good deals now, I reserved it for a week, and here it says $47 total, right. And in fact, they have quite a few. And this is $51 total. And Ah, and when you look at the deal, you can see what comes up. And so you can see here rental with exclusive inclusive rate 46. So six. So you can see here Now, obviously, this is not including anything else. And, ah, you know, not including any protection or anything like that. But here you can see a total price of 46 here. Even if you get the protection and other stuff, then it's probably worth it. But as you can see, they have the annoying pop ups, unfortunately, but yeah, they have quite a few. This is 51 51 51 all of these air very cheap for a week long rental. If you've ever rented a car, you know, this is very cheap, and kayak tends to do that. It has a lot of the low cost. Like Cicely by car is obviously a low cost company, and it aggravates them as well. And see, You see, you can see the total rentals 46. So six, there are a couple things that I usually try to keep track of. When I first went the car before I set foot in it or anything, videotape with my phone, you know, just everything. Just make sure I have every scratch and nook and cranny like showing their if there are scratches that marked them down in little shed, they give me and I make sure they know that I know. Then when I drop it off, I also take another video because if you do it with your phone right away, the videos, time stamped and everything, and I show everything you know is in proper order, as it should be. So anyway, and again and again that this won't happen everywhere you go. But I found just cause I rented recent from our pain son and realize they have these really good deals with companies like Sicily by car. What? Not that, um, it's just best to use one of these aggregate websites and at least from a starting point, another thing to look out for by the way. And this happened to me once I've used to sleep bicarb, assisted by car is fine. I have no problem with them. But one of the other websites I used, I think was car Delmar, that they're terrible because they didn't tell you. You have to go deep, deep into all the ah details. That's you can't drive internationally. And if you're in Europe than you do want to drive internationally, pretty sure that you're gonna be crossing some borders there. So you want to make sure about it. Frankly, at these prices, you know, it's worth reading through those couple of things that make making sure they're okay and, uh, and then click on them. Now, obviously, there are other options. If you're going to some place to rent a car, they might have some local company that's really, really local and isn't even feature on kayak dot com These I mean, you never know with these. If you have a friend who lives locally and they recommend or they say it's fine to use that company, then find use them. You know some local mom and pop shop that rents out cars and find, but if you're just doing yourself and you happen to stumble across it, you really never know, and so you might not want to risk it. And that's why I prefer using these aggregate because these are small companies. But if they're featured on here, chances are there at least pretty legit. 28. Tips - Airbnb Tips: Now Airbnb is a pretty big topic into itself and so that it should be given its own course . And in fact, it it is given it some. Of course, you can find many courses on how to, ah, manage your Airbnb property. And, um, how to, ah, deal with, you know, evaluating if you want to put your place up on Airbnb and if it's worth it, etcetera, etcetera. So I'll I'm just gonna touch briefly on a couple things just that I have seen from my experience. But if you are serious about, um, putting your place up on Airbnb, then I suggest that you do your own research and maybe talk to some people who have done it before themselves, but just briefly, just so you can get an idea. First of all, you do need a manager, especially if you're not gonna be there. You need someone on the ground there where your property is to manage your Airbnb your place. This could be a manager, so a riel managing company. And in fact, I was surprised just in the town where I live in Lugano that they actually have a management company for Airbnb Properties so do a search, and you might be surprised that some local, either real estate company or someone else has taken it upon themselves to manage local Airbnb properties anyway. Or at worst, case scenario. You'll find a friend and then come up with a price I would suggest, if you're not sure, come up with a preliminary price and say, Look at the beginning. I'll pay you either a set fee per week or per guest or per number of days a guest stays or percentage of what I earn or whatever might be accomplished something at the beginning that works for both of you and saying Okay, and we'll reevaluate after a month or two and see if it still works out for both of us or not, and then try to take it from there. Now keep in mind a couple things. Ah, when this friend or this company, or whoever is helping you with your Airbnb is gonna have to handle quite a few things. First of all, you're gonna need cleaning in between each guest, so after each guest leaves, you're gonna have to clean up after the guest, and then you're gonna have to change the sheets. They're gonna have to change the towels, the pillowcases, etcetera, etcetera. And then before the new guest comes, you're gonna have to make sure all the clean stuff is put back in. And, ah, and that is clean once again for the new guests and everything is properly done. So this will involve doing laundry. It will involve having a maid or someone come over or just your friend themselves. But either way, it needs to be done in between each guest. You also need someone available for issues. And no matter who you are, you know, at some point someone's going to come up with an issue and, you know, it might be there is a problem with the water, the hot water or the electricity, or this or that. Or they could just be, you know, invented issues or things. Maybe they can't find the keys or they can't find this or that. You need someone on the ground to help out with little things. They need to be available in the same time zone, have a local phone number and be available to come in person just in case there's something wrong and something needs to be done as a general recommendation, I would say, if you're not sure what to charge on your Airbnb to start off with a smaller amount, and obviously it depends what kind of a place you have if it's the studio, if it's a one bedroom to bedroom, three bedroom etcetera. But what you can often do is charge a smaller base amount, but then you can have surcharges their extra charges for everything extra. So if they have extra people coming, say OK, it's plus X amount for each person who comes. If they want access to a garage. Okay, then it's a bit extra for access to the garage. If they want. I don't know, you know, access to the the extra guest bedroom. Okay, then it's an extra amount for that. Just stuff, obviously. Don't be too nitpicky tryto maybe look around and see what other places other properties they're doing. But in general, that way you convey a bit more flexible if someone's just coming by themselves, and all they need is a room that they get charged a smaller amount. But if four people are coming and they need access to the garage, etcetera. It doesn't make sense to be charging these two groups the same amount, and so that way you can be a bit more flexible in that sense. And, ah, you know, you can make sure you're charging the right amount for the right type of clientele. Another thing is, in terms of, if you're worried about sharing the account, Airbnb does give you options. So in this sense, if it's your property, but you have a friend or another management company managing the property, you can both get access to it. And it's very interesting. So I, for example, the property that we're renting out. It's my Airbnb account, but the other management company has access to it. This means that when people pay the account, I receive the money. I receive all that money, and I get to see what else is going on. But the management company, they they also get to see the account, but they don't get the money. I pay the management company. They get to keep track of how much money I make, so it's not like I can cheat them or anything, and ah, but then they get to deal with you know if if people have enquiries there, if they're sending messages, if they're asking questions, they get to deal with all that. So I don't have to deal with any of that. Airbnb does this because they realize that a lot of people are doing this and this is a necessity. So don't worry about sharing the account and stuff like that, because Airbnb has, ah, some very good options for that. You know, they realize that that's how it works. Another thing is to be careful what you leave. All the properties have been, too. Obviously they have place, they have knives. I have stuff like that. But there are a couple things that you need to be careful. First of all, look, if someone's dishonest and they ruin something, then that's why they pay the deposit. And Airbnb holds a deposit. And on top of that, Airbnb also has its own insurance. So, yeah, if they completely destroy the place, you don't have to worry too much, and you'll get covered. But the main issue is actually just normal wear and tear. In fact, So we have a Rick let machine and I wanted to leave. There were quite machine in our property because I thought, Why not give him the access? Teoh make their own work? Let Rick electives a very, ah well known Swiss dish with cheese, and it uses, so machines will be nice to have it. And But the issue is and this is what the management company told me and they're right is that look, you know you're gonna have people using it, but at a certain point, someone is going to be using it and they're going to be using a knife and do a little scratch on it, a little nick on it, and it's not enough to ask them to pay for it outright or anything like that, so no one pays attention. But then the next person will do another little thing because they'll notice there's already a little scratch, and so another little scratch doesn't matter. The next person does too little scratches. Anyway, Before you know it, it's kind of ruined just because of wear and tear. And it would be too bad with the work let machine because the work let machine is actually worth quite a bit. And so in the end, we decided not to feature the crop machine anyway. Things to keep in mind. Most people are nice. If they're not nice, you can get a refund because of the insurance because of the deposit. But it's the normal wear and tear that you kind of have to worry about. And so just keep that in mind with, Ah, with all the stuff that you have available. Also, obviously, be conscious of neighbors most. Most of the time you know this, but obviously you have neighbors. Chances are they know you and, um, and chances are they're not going to be extra thrilled about having a constant array of new people coming all the time and staying at your place. So you kind of want to be conscious about that, have that in the rules. You know, just say to be conscious of neighbors. No noise after 10 stuff like that. Um, also, if there's a laundry room or any common areas again, these should be in the rules that people pay attention. So we have a laundry room. But actually, what I did with the management company is that the management company itself will will make use of the laundry room so If any guests needs to do laundry and he's needs toe, have anything washed, the management company themselves will send someone to do the washing themselves and then deliver it back. And that way we don't have all these strange people coming into the laundry room all the time and running into the neighbors and whatnot. But it's only always the same person. Obviously, we pay the management company of a little bit extra for this, but I prefer to have it that way. Just so all my neighbors and everyone is happier. 29. Tips - Luggage Tips: So here's some tips dealing with luggage. At least these are some personal tips and recommendations that I give when dealing with luggage and traveling internationally. First of all, as I've mentioned before, I think if you're doing a move abroad for 36 months, a year, whatever it might be, I think you should use this as an opportunity to get rid of everything. You know that ever everything you can write and ah so I'm talking your big screen TV and stuff like this. Quite frankly, you don't want to take in your luggage. And I already mentioned before a kind of don't recommend just shipping a whole bunch of stuff. So if you can sell it for a certain price, sell it. If you want, you can put in storage, but I think you should just find a way to get rid of it. Maybe sell it, make some extra bucks, and then when you get to your new country, can evaluate if you want to buy a TV or what you want to do and how you want to do with it anyway, at the end of the day, you get rid of what you can you're obviously you're still gonna have luggage. In fact, you're gonna have quite a bit of it. And by the way, if you are more interested in ah de cluttering and getting rid of things, I highly recommend you look up a book by Maria Condo. And the book is called The Life Changing Magic of tidying things up. It's a bit odd in some places, but it is very interesting if you're interested in de cluttering in terms of the philosophy , in terms of the methods and manners, of being able to get rid of things that are just cluttering up in taking up space, a different type of way of looking at things and a different type of mentality in terms, off ownership and possessions. Anyway, I obviously have no affiliation with this book myself. I just found it an interesting read. Anyway, getting back to luggage, Of course, No matter what you do, you're going to end up having luggage. In fact, you're gonna end up having quite a bit of it, so there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First of all, on international flights, you will have a maximum baggage allowance and This is for your checked in luggage is one or two bags. This will depend on the airline usually and on the destination. And most of the time, the bags will have a maximum weight of 23 kilos or £50 each. And once again, it will be one or two bags. So check what airline you plan on using. Are you thinking of using this? Keep this in mind when you are booking your airline. Ideally, you can fit all of your belongings into one suitcase or for the two of you. Then you know into two suitcases. But if they do allow two bags each than you could bring more. In case you haven't heard this before, you probably have when you check in your luggage. Don't put any electron ICS inside. Just don't. The only two times that I've had issues with luggage have been when I had electron ICS one time, I had ah had a digital camera. This was a long time ago and I didn't know any better. Another time I had a a cell phone. It was an old cellphone, but I had it in. And my look, the whole luggage just got lost, and I'm pretty sure it's because they saw the cell phone, by the way, both times What's flying through France? I don't know if that says anything or not. But anyway, it was flying through Charles DeGaulle Airport. Regardless, don't put any electron ICS. And the reason for electron ICS is that it really shows up right away when they go through the X ray machines and people are going to see them right away. So don't put any electron ICS you have you should carry in. Your carry on for me usually ends up being my laptop and my external hard drive. But iPad laptop, obviously, cellphone stuff like that just having in your carry on do not check it in. Having said that, I do think you should try to check in as much as possible. I know a lot of people don't like check in luggage, and in fact, I remember I was coming back from Japan with a friend of mine, Ah, old classmate of mine, And he had this huge duffel bag that for some reason he was able to squeeze into the carry on allowance thing, and he preferred to carry that this huge duffel bag that weighed so much rather than checking it in because he prefers to have his luggage with him And to me, that seems crazy still. Now, whenever I check in my luggage, I first of all, take pictures of my luggage, you know, open. And then once I close my suitcase, I take pictures of my suitcase because if you do lose your luggage for doesn't show up, you always have to describe the suitcase and they have to enter all this information. If you have a picture, then they have all the information right away. You don't need to worry, so I always take pictures. What has happened a couple times is my luggage isn't there, and I just find out that my luggage didn't make the flight. So I will give in my information. And then the next day my luggage gets delivered to my doorstep. You can also use a luggage tracker. Now, I had this and I used it a couple times, and lately I haven't been using it. But you can find quite a few types of luggage trackers, and these are things that you put in your luggage and then later through your phone through an app on your phone, you can just keep track of where they are. And so if they put your luggage in the wrong place and it ends up going to the wrong airport, then the GPS on the APP will track it, and, ah, and then right away with your phone, you'll you'll know where it is as a bonus, and this really will not pertain to anyone unless they're flying out of Seoul. And even then, I think you have to be fine with with a Korean Airlines. So a Jeon Airlines Air, Korean air or one of those change aware some like that. Anyway, if you're flying out of Seoul, you can actually check in at the train station and check in means you can get your boarding pass. You can check your luggage in so you don't have to deal with that anymore. And you can go through immigration from the train station to take the high speed train right to the airport, and then they send you straight through the quick the diplomat line so you don't have to, uh, go again through the long line for the X ray and for immigration and what not? But you get to go straight through the quick line, and then they see that you already got checked by immigration before and so that kind of just waving through once again. It's very specific flying out of Seoul. But you might also want to check other airports because, for all I know, other airports have a same or the similar deal. So, you know, look into it because it really makes your life a lot more comfortable if you can take advantage of, ah, something like that. 30. Tips - Money Tips: So here. Just a couple of quick tips about the money situation when you arrive in a new place, I should say right away that these can be very different depending on the currency that you're starting off with in your home country and the current senior target country. Whether the currency is stronger, where this weaker, how the variation is a fluctuation in the options, etcetera, etcetera anyway, but just really broadly generalizing. Let me just give a couple quick tips that can hopefully help you out. First of all, I usually recommend exchanging money as soon as you arrive. If you have dollars and you're going to whatever country might be than, ah, you know, say you're going to Japan, then assumes he arrived. Just exchange some dollars, you know, a couple 100 or whatever might be into Japanese yen that way you have it right off the bat . As soon as you step off the airport, you have some cash just in case. However, usually when you exchange cash, you know you get a certain rate and they have the rates displayed and all that. However, if you can use an A t m, you usually get a better rate and you get a marginally better rate. And depending on how much you change, then it can be better. However, remember that you might get charged a fee for using an international account in your bank account back home will probably charge a fee as well, and so it really depends on how much you take out and what the fees are and how they work. But the raid itself that you get will usually be marginally better. However, using a credit card usually gives you an even better rate. And again, this could be situations where you're just paying for something. And so you want to use a credit card just to pay for it at the store, or else when you eat with some friends, then maybe you can offer to pay for everything and everyone pays you their portion in cash . So if the whole thing ends up costing, say, 100 bucks and therefore of you, you'll say, I'll pay all of this with my card and you guys each pay me 25 bucks in cash, and that way you don't have to worry about exchange rate fees or something like that. But regardless, the credit card rate is usually a better rates than what you get at the. However, getting your own bank account locally is obviously the best. And this is because the rate that you get with a bank to bank transfer is usually better. Now. There are a lot of different rates and, you know, with cash usually being the worst and the interbank rate usually being the best you know between different banks. This is why if you can find a way to open a local bank account and then just transfer all the money you'll need during your stay, then even taking into account the fees, it will usually be a better rate. Of course, open your own bank account very often isn't as easy as it sounds, and so you kind of need to look into that and evaluate what your options are on what's best . But as I mentioned before, and probably have your tired of hearing me saying, this really does depend on situations, so check into what your local situation is. Check with your local Facebook groups or with other people in the area and tried to get a feel for this Another thing to keep in mind is, Do not try to play the exchange rate game. A lot of people I've seen will say, Oh, I want to exchange money but I really feel like the dollar is going to go up next month or whatever local currency is gonna go down. Try to ah, be smarter than the market. Don't do that. It's never been worth it from everything I've seen, and usually what I've found works best is just to assume that you're going to lose out. Assume that something's gonna happen and the exchange rate will not be in your favor. So usually what that ends up doing is that you just don't take the exchange rate into account, but you take the fees into account. Now, if you assume you're going to lose out with the exchange rate, that usually means that 50% of the time you'll be pleasantly surprised because 50% of the time you'll probably win out because it exchange rate. But you're not gonna outsmart the market if that's not your industry, and ah just adds a different layer of complication onto what you're already doing, which is starting a new life in a new place, and that's complicated enough 31. Tips - Housing Tips: So these are some hotel and housing tips for when you first arrive. When your first arriving your targets say to your target country, your target destination. There are a couple of things you should keep in mind. First of all is the time frame, I usually say to assume two weeks to one month. Obviously, this depends on many different things. If you have housing already waiting or if you already have had some housing toe, look at when you arrive and how you feel about it. Or maybe if you're arriving there blind, you have no idea. Anyway, assume two weeks to one month. And so get some temporary housing. A place to stay in the meantime for those two weeks to one month, and they're a couple option for this. First of all, check into Airbnb rates. Chances are wherever you're going does have Airbnb, and so if you want to stay there for a few weeks, then get Airbnb. See if there's some options for maybe getting it for two weeks and seeing if you can extend that later on or something along those lines. But either way, look into it. Another option to look into his extended stay. Hotels remember you have normal hotels. He also have extended stay hotels. These are nice because they have kitchens. They have maybe a living room or slightly more amenities for people who will stay longer term. And remember, many times they were part of the big chains, which means they have loyalty points. So if you are saying in a place for two weeks or one months, this is a good chance to join some of these. You know, if you can join the Hilton Marriott Intercontinental one of these, if you're saying there for whole month, chances are you'll get quite a few points and so look into it. Another thing is other house sharing websites. These will be similar to Airbnb, but many times will have something locally you can usually google and find out if your target country or target city has something. Couchsurfing dot org's might be an option, depending on who you are and what your tastes are, but look into this as well. You also want to check into other bed and breakfasts, and this is just a person example that I noticed in Taiwan and a lot of places our bed and breakfast. They call themselves bed and breakfast because it's easier than being a hotel. But many of them are basically hotels. They might be run by just a family or something along those lines. But it will be a big building with different separate rooms. And, you know, just just to say that bed and breakfast doesn't necessarily mean that it's someone's house and you just have a spare room. These can change, and they can vary a lot locally. So do your research and if you're not sure about it, that it might be best to go with another option. But it's just something to keep in mind. 32. Tips when you first arrive: So here's some tips for when you first arrive at your location. Now you've prepared everything, and obviously all your paperwork is in order. And we've already discussed how you should be looking for a way, say, to earn money. You have housing, transportation and everything imported. However, when you first arrive, you might feel a bit out of place. And so these are some activities that I usually perform that I usually do when I first arrived in a new place. First of all, if you like jogging, try to find the nearest body of water. This could be either a lake. It could be a river. It could be the ocean. Something along those lines. Chances are you're not too far from some body of water. Most cities have a body of water close by. So what I like to do and I do this one traveling as well, not just moving to a new place. I like to jog until that body of water and then jog along it for a bit, depending on how long I wanted to hug Total and ah, and then I'll just jog back. So if this is something that you enjoy, If you enjoy jogging, then absolutely do this. Obviously, if you prefer walking or cycling or any whatever activity might be, then try doing that until the nearest body of water. It gives you a good excuse to get out there and to just explore the city and explore part of the city that maybe you wouldn't have any other reason to explore and to get a bit more acclimated with this new area that you're gonna be calling home for a while. Another thing I like to do is to explore coffee shops. Coffee shops, I find, can be extremely entertaining, an extremely eye opening because coffee shops indicator two different types of people you're gonna have your hipster coffee shops, your student coffee shops, your businessman, coffee shops and, uh, and so if you explore these different types of coffee shops, you get it. Feel for what type of city you're in and what type of people hang around. So feel free to go to different coffee shops for your first couple days, first couple weeks and try to ah, see what the general scene is with. The ambience is obviously if you just stick to Starbucks or something like that, you're going to get more or less the same type of people, so trying to hit some local coffee shops and get some local flavor once again. And I've mentioned this before, but one of the first things that I do when I arrive in a new place is I try to find Meetups . I try to find, you know, inter nations dot org's meetups dot com something like that where I can meet local people or else even just meet expats and foreigners that are living in this location just to give me a better idea of the feel. And so this is one of the first things I do when I arrive at a new place, and another point and again, I've touched on this before, but it bears. Repeating is to find local activities or fine classes or things along those lines. Now I've mentioned classes mawr along the sense of fine language classes. If you're in a new place and you want to study the local language, then you confined language classes, which will help you meet people and will help you obviously learn the local language, but you don't have to limit it just to this, you can also just find local activities. For example, my wife is into yoga, and every single city we go to, she ends up attending the local yoga class. This is from Shanghai to Lucca in Tuscany to Lugano in Switzerland to the States. Obviously, all these yoga classes are taught in different languages. My wife doesn't speak all of these languages, but she's still able to go and threw them. She was able to meet locals and, in fact, often get more fuel for the local life than I did just because of the people. She met it during these activities. So whatever activity you enjoy, whether it be yoga, where there be photography, where there be some sport, whether it be painting or whatever might be, try to see if they have activities where you are. Even if you don't speak the language, you can check them out, see if they're worth joining and see if there's something that you'd like to pursue 33. Road Trip Tips: So here's some tips dealing with road trips. Chances are wherever you go will become your new home base, and whatever city you're in right now will be wonderful to explore and to get to know better. But they're also gonna be a lot of other cities and towns and areas and regions and things to visit that are not exactly where you live but are just a car right away. So you might if you are like me. You'll end up taking quite a few road trips, and that's usually what I did. My new location was my home base, and I would take road trips all around the different areas. And so I ended up having quite a bit of experience. And actually, I look forward to road trips. I really do like them both. My wife and I enjoy taking them, and I know a lot of people absolutely do not like take them. So I thought I'd just share some of the tips and tricks that I've come up with over the years. First of all, don't just go from a to B. If you are living in a certain city, let's say you're in Paris and you want to visit some other city and some other region. You want to go to D John, You want to go to Tokyo and you want to go somewhere else? Don't just go from a to B realize that they're quite a few places along the way that might be worth visiting and might be worth a stop. The fact is, you're gonna have to stop anyway. You're gonna have to stop for gas. You're gonna have to stop to eat something to grab a coffee, to go to the restroom, anything along those lines. So why not make it count? I learned this pretty early on when I was young. We used to live in Lugano, which is Southern Switzerland. But a lot of my family was in Tuscany, so we often used to drive down there. And I remember as a kid we used to go with my father and we used to go straight from where we lived down there, which was about 3.5 hour drive something along those lines. We never look forward to it because it was a very long drive, and we tried to get it over as quickly as possible. We leave early early in the morning so we could be there at a decent time, and it was always a hassle to do this. But later on, after a number of years, basically, when I started driving, I realized that it didn't have to be the case. And so when I would end up driving, say, my mother down to Tuscany, I would tell her I was like, Look, we're not gonna go straight. We're going to stop somewhere for lunch. You can pick a place ahead of time. Otherwise we're stopping somewhere. And thanks to this, I found many places that in many restaurants that I still like now and that I highly recommend that are along the way down there in places like Chainsaw Allah, country, Mali, these air towns that are basically on the way down to Ah, Tuscany. And so I say all this just to say that no matter where you're going, chances are somewhere along the line there's a nice coffee shop. There's a lease, a nice restaurant or maybe just somewhere to stop and take a few pictures that can break up the trip and make it worth it. And in essence, make you get more out of a trip. It makes you have to destinations rather than just one. Another. Thing that my wife and I have come to really appreciate recently have been podcasts. We've discovered many new podcasts that we like listening to together in the car, and I find when I drive by myself, I also like listen to podcasts. The same can go with audio books or anything along those lines. I think they're a great way to pass the time. And if there one of these type podcasts, like cereal or one of those that you really get into, then you know they they are a great way to pass the time. And if you're driving with other people, then you guys can discuss it later. And so anyway, we enjoy it a lot. So I thought I would share that in case it's something that might interest you as well. 34. 40 Coronavirus Travel: now, seeing as how this course has to do with traveling, I thought it would be wise to include some updates dealing with the Corona virus with Kobe 19. Because these are the times we're living in. Now. All this information will be as of mid summer, 2020. Obviously, a lot of things are changing and will change. But as of now, traveling is obviously very different from what it was before. And so these were just a couple of the updates. Obviously, I'm not an expert, not a physician. I'm not a doctor, anything along those lines. But these are just some general recommendations in terms of traveling in general that you can probably find useful for during these times. First of all, I would say that it's better to be safe than sorry. This is kind of just the attitude. You should take it old times. And obviously this also means that you should not be travelling unless you have to. You shouldn't be like, Well, I just miss traveling, so I want to travel again. So I'm just gonna ignore what everything that's going on and just keep in mind. Safety first. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Another way to put it is ah, the way not seem to let put it now seemed to lead. Is the author off quite a few books? You might know the Black Swan or anti fragile or books like that. And he This was back in February, by the way, and he came out very strongly against well, against the coronavirus, you know, in terms of protecting yourself from the Corona virus and saying that it would be an extremely huge event and that it would affect many, many people. And so we had to be careful. And here, in fact, he said, when paranoid, you could be wrong 1000 times and you will survive. It's not paranoid. All you need to do is be wrong once, and you, your genes and the rest of your group are done. What do you mean by this means that you can be too paranoid, like maybe you're wearing a mask or gloves and you don't need to, but it doesn't matter. You could be wrong 1000 times and you'll still survive. It doesn't matter. There no bad consequences. But if you're not paranoid enough, all you have to do is be wrong once, and that's it came over right? And so it's He's just saying it's pays to be paranoid when events like this, when you're dealing with things with a systemic risk along the lines of this pandemic. And so this is also the general advice that I'm going to give throughout these tips and tricks in terms of traveling with Corona virus. 35. 41 Before leaving: So let's take this step by step now, first of all, before leaving now, before you're leaving, their a couple things you should prepare. First of all is old clothes. I recommend preparing old clothes and wearing these old clothes during the trip. I would say preferably close that you can throw away once you're done with the trip because you don't want to a mess around or whispered it. So if you do have some old clothes that you've been thinking, that is probably time to donate them or throw them away or something. And you know you think they're presentable for the flight, then absolutely, by all means where these clothes, I would say preferably something with long sleeves as well. This could come in handy every now and then, for door handles their stuff when you need to touch stuff, and you might not have gloves handy or available, and also they just cover more of your body. And so if you do have something with long sleeves, this could be very useful as well. Another thing is to wear glasses. If you do have glasses, prescription glasses, that's great. Sunglasses might be a bit iffy. Also because people very often want to see your face, especially for identification purposes, etcetera. So you might find yourself taking them off and on more than just wearing them. And every time you take them off and on, it can be risky as well. But if you have normal glasses, that's fine. If you if you have more guts seeking wear goggles. I've seen people wear goggles, but I know a lot of people are scared, You know, don't want to be seen in public wearing goggles or something, but anything that covers your eyes can make it safer. Another thing, obviously, is to wear a mask. Now there. I won't get into the whole argument about masks, but yes, where a mask. I would say if you have a couple to bring a couple so you have them for the flight, and regardless, you should be wearing a mask at all times unless you're eating or drinking or whatever. But otherwise, pretty much just keep the mask on at all times. You should bring gloves as well. These could be either disposable or non. If you bring disposable, I would bring more than one pair, but you should bring gloves. Just have them available for your whole trip. You should also bring wipes these air disinfectant wipes because you will be wiping down quite a bit of stuff during your flights. And we'll get into this as well. You should bring hand sanitizer that you plan to use liberally. Don't be stingy with the hand sanitizer. I know sometimes they can make your hands dry. Here is something like that for this for the flight. Don't worry about all that. Just use it as much as you can. In fact, you know, make it a goal that you finish the hand sanitizer by the time you arrive. Because you ah, you really want to use as much of it as he can because it can help you. You can bring a hat if you want to. It wouldn't hurt. Let's say to bring at its ah extra bit of covering an enemy just covers your hair or what not? But why not? It wouldn't hurt if you have one hand here, You like traveling with a hat or don't mind it. Another thing is a water bottle. Obviously, you're gonna have to empty out the water. Ah, when you go through security. But if you even have a tumbler or just a bottle, you can always refill it. After security, they usually have water fountains and most airports, and ah, and so then you can have your own water, and you don't need to worry about buying water or being served water by other people, and you can have your own bottle. And you don't need to worry about that along those lines. Your own dried food, if possible. If you can bring your own food so you don't have to eat any food in the terminal or on the plane. That would be best if you have your own drying food that you trust, and ah, and that's good enough for you on the flight, then by all means bring it. If this means that you won't be eating on the flight now, if you're gonna be eating on the flight anyway, even if you bring your own dried food, then that kind of defeats the purpose. But ah, you know it can be that much safer just to have your own food instead of instead of eating what dates over the airplane. Although I will cover how to eat the food that you receive on the airplane later on. Now, a couple of things to remember as well Before you leave, uh, keep in mind that jerks or more dangerous than anything else what do this mean? This means that most of the laws and rules that they've put in place are actually pretty good. You know, they say you need to keep six feet distance or two meters distance from other people, and you need to keep your social distance. Need to make sure that you wash your hands all the time. Everyone else seems to make sure they wash your hands, and everyone else will have masks and protection and stuff like that. And so technically, if everyone follow these rules, everything should be okay When you need to worry about are the jerks and you have these a bit everywhere. I know in the States they have a lot of them who just decided that that they don't want to follow these rules, and in fact they want to make fun and put down and bully people who do follow these rules. And these are the people you need to worry about because they'll come around and they will be flaunting all the rules. They won't keep social distance. They'll they won't care about other people's safety. And look, a lot of people almost don't even do it on purpose they But that's kind of just the way they are. So be careful of these quote unquote jerks. I'm calling them jerks because that's what they've been called around. I know in New York they have this thing called fear of jerks where people don't want to go out. Not so much because they're scared. Ah, in general of the rules but the skin of the jerks who will not obey the rules. So just remember to keep him behind the jerks while you're traveling, because these people can be more dangerous. Another thing to keep in mind is at the airport terminal. It's probably more dangerous than the flight at the airport terminal. You'll be stuck inside a closed space and probably around a lot around a lot of other people, and this can be a dangerous situation. And one year in the airplane, airplanes actually have very good circulation. The airport terminal can be just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than the flight. It's also more dangerous because a lot of people don't pay attention to the airport while on the flight. They're very conscious of where they're touching, where they're looking, where they're breathing in the airport terminal, they might be a lot less conscious. And so just keep this in mind one your traveling that the airport terminal is actually quite a dangerous place. 36. 42 When arriving at the airport: along those lines. What do you do when you arrive at the airport? So when you arrive at the airport, you should be wearing your mask when you're checking in. Gloves might be a bit difficult because you need to hand over your documents you to receive them. You might need to sign stuff and stuff along those lines, but keep your mask on. You might need to lower it just for identification purposes, but otherwise try to keep it on and by and large throughout the whole process, just be conscience conscious. Sorry of your hands. Be conscious of where your hands are, what they're touching and where they're going. And then once you're done with checking in as soon as you're done, just spray hand sanitizer on your hands and anywhere else you feel, because you will have touched a lot of stuff. Probably pens, probably papers, the counter etcetera, etcetera. And, um, I would say as soon as you put your ticket and passport away spray hand sanitizer. Do not touch your passport and ticket again until you get to the flight. A lot of people like Teoh keep them in their hand or put them back and forth. You see a lot of people with putting a ticket in their mouth as well, their passport in their mouth to keep their hands free. So just be very conscious of this. If you can, you can try to wipe down your passport and ticket. But, you know, then you might risk ruining one or the other. And frankly, I would just say, Put it in a pocket and don't touch it until the flight, and then just use hand sanitizer right away and wash your hands thoroughly with the hand sanitizer. 37. 43 At the airport: now, while you're at the airport. Now, while you're at the airport there a couple things to keep in mind already said at the airport terminal. It can be quite dangerous. So the first thing is that you want to touch as little as possible. Find someplace that's far away from other people, like wherever you're going to sit down or spend the rest of your time and try to touch as little as possible. By this, I mean handrails. I mean doors. I mean, you know, seats along the way or whatever it might be just trying not to touch things, if at all possible. And when you're sitting down, make sure that they're not too many people around, usually because people will congregate around their gate and though usually wait for their flight there. But if you're gay is really full of people. Try to sit somewhere else around an empty gate where there fewer people, and that way it's that much safer, right, because you'll hear it when you're playing. When your flight gets colder, you'll know what time it is and so you you can always get ready in time, but wherever you're sitting down and spending your time while you're waiting. It's quite important. So try to make it a place that doesn't have too many people around. Once again, use hand sanitizer as much as possible. And I won't stop saying this. Ah, but just use it liberally and keep using hand sanitizer whenever you think of it. Obviously, after you touch something before you touch something or just randomly here and there. Now, if you are going to order food from any of the stalls or any of the places where you can order food in the terminal, I would recommend to Well, first of all, you order it, then you receive it. Take it to wherever you're going to eat, where you're going to sit down and then wipe it all down. So wipe down all the containers and everything that you know that it could be the paper bag . It could be the wrapping or the box that is contained in, or the cups or whatever it might be. Wipe all of that down with one of your disinfectant wipes. And that way you know that all the continues you'll be touching will be fine. Then use hand sanitizer again. Why not, And then you can start eating. And once again I would recommend to eat cooked food. There have been no known food transmissions to date, and this is from mid summer 2020 again. Another time that I'm that I'm saying this, but the WHL recommends not to eat raw food in general. If you wish, you could go to this website where they have publications, apparently in 50 different languages and with the W. H O has its own recommendations for travelers on how to handle traveling in general. But they also talk about well, they mainly talk about food. This is a food safety section for travelers. But one thing they do recommend is not to have raw food. So have food that's cooked. And I would recommend that for the whole flight the whole trip. He If you're going to eat food that you haven't prepared beforehand yourself, then try to eat food that is cooked and not raw. Another thing I recommend is to place everything for your flight in a plastic bag. Now, this can be whatever you know, your iPad. Ah, book a pen. Whatever you plan on carrying in the flight, including of course, your hand sanitizer and stuff like that, placing it all in a plastic bag. Now the reason for this is that later you can put this plastic bag in front in the seat pocket in front of you, and that way you your hands never have toe touch the actual see pocket. As soon as you put the plastic bag inside there, every time you want to reach for something, you just need to put your hand inside the plastic bag and then take it out. And ah, that way it's that much cleaner in general. And ah, and also you can have everything ready in your plastic bags so you don't have to get up and go to your bag and maybe get it from the overhead compartment, or try to reach for it or something along those lines. If we have everything already inside a plastic bag that you can then put inside the pocket in front of you, then it will be a lot easier and a lot mawr sanitary for you and once again, of course, include disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer inside this plastic bag because he will be needing those during the flight 38. 44 Boarding: now when boarding There a couple of things to keep in mind. So first of all, you want to wear all your gear and you want to prepare your disinfectant wipes. So this means all your gear means your mask, your gloves, your glasses or goggles, hat, whatever it might be. Make sure you're all covered your all prepared and prepare your wipes. Make sure they're handy. Ideally in that plastic bag you've prepared ahead of time. Um and you're just gonna need these because you're gonna be using them as soon as you get onto the flight. When you board, I would recommend to board as early as possible. The main reason for this is that you can prepare your seat as you need to without having a bunch of people bumping into you are already sitting down all over the place. A lot of people like toe wait before they board, but I would recommend boarding early. Jesse, you can kind of stake your position and and have your seat and your location already assumed possible. So what does this involve? Getting already well, wiped down everything around your seat. As soon as you get there. What do I mean, I mean everything that you're going to touch. Arm rests the screen in front of you. There are more control. You used to Ah, to control the screen, your head rest your table, obviously. And, uh and and and then your seat as well. Why not? You know, And before you throw away that this infected wipe wipe your seat down as well in the back. Basically everything in your little area that you can touch, wipe it all down. Um, And make sure you've wiped it as soon as you get there because, you know, they're supposed to clean in between travelers, but might as well just wipe it all down yourself. Just to be sure at this point, I'd recommend then to place your plastic bag in your front pocket right in front of you. Ideally, you complacent in without touching the pocket at all. Or if you do touch you just be conscious about it and put the plastic bag in. And then once once you're done, you can use hand sanitizer to ah, wipe your hands so that even if you touch the pocket, you know that you're clean once again. Another thing is that you might wish to move if there if you're next to people and are there quite a few people around you? And you know it's that it's quite empty flight, and these days, especially international flights, tend to be quite empty. Then you can always ask the flight attendant to move. I would not be. And I hate to say this, but don't worry about being rude, and I hate to say this because there already, enough rude travelers. But don't worry. Don't think that the person next to you is gonna be offended. In fact, chances are they'll prefer to be socially distant from hell as well. So if you notice that there is extra space anywhere else, you can always ask the flight attendants say, Hey, are those areas empty? Do you think I could move there just to distance ourselves a bit more? Most airlines will try to do a good job of distancing people automatically, but this is something to keep in mind. You can always ask to move if you wish. It doesn't hurt to ask. Let's just put it that way 39. 45 During the flight: now during the flights. Finally, we are, We are in flight. After all this, you're you're on the flight and you've prepared most of the things I should say. Most of the stuff is in the preparation of the beginning, and as long as he prepared well. And if you've prepped it all, well, then that goes a long way toward being safe during already during the flight. But there a couple of things to keep in mind during the flight as well. The first thing is to keep your mask on at all times, as I mentioned before. Obviously, when you're not eating or drinking, but otherwise just keep your mask on all the time, because why not? Right? And it's you never know who's walking by you. And while they're walking by, they could cough or laugh or shout or just breathe to harder. I don't know any way. Just keep your mask on at all times and and that's best if you want. I know now seem toe Levitt to mention him again. He said that he wears two masks when traveling, and he wrote an analysis on mask wearing, which I won't link to because it's very, very technical, but I found it quite interesting. If you wish you could let me know, and then I can I can just send a link. I can add it to the discussion topics if you want, but anyway, just wear a mask. That's all you need to keep in mind for now, just where it a tall times while you're traveling. Ah, if at all possible, keep your glasses on to If you have glasses or if you have goggles or whatever they are, just keep them on during the flight because it's that much extra safety. So you might as well just keep those on as well and keep using hand sanitizer. I know I sound like a broken record, but like I said, I'm gonna keep saying this. So keep using hand sanitizer when you touch something before you took something after you touch something, or just randomly during the flight 40. 46 Meals: so a couple things during meals. First of all, hopefully if you brought your own meal, then don't just say you're not interested in the meal and you don't want that. I know it comes automatic to accept the meal when the flight attendants come down the aisle and, uh, and say, Do you want to meet our pasta or whatever it might be? But I would if you've prepared your own thing. Just say no, thank you. I'm fine. And then just eat your own stuff because your own stuff, it stuff you've already touched yourself and prepared and no one else has touched it. And so you know it's that much safer. And so this way you can avoid also all the issues that might come up with having to eat the airline food, which quite famously isn't the best food anyway. However, if you are going to accept airline food, then there a couple of things that I will keep in mind. First of all, wipe down all the containers of food and and all the rapping like the Civil War wrapping the cutlery, wrapping and stuff like that. Wipe all of that down first, Um, you know anything that you need to touch to open it and all that. Wipe it all down for us. You obviously cannot wipe down the food itself, but all the wrappings and everything, you can wipe them down. So wipe those down first. Spray yourself with hand sanitizer, maybe once again, just to be sure and then open everything that you're eating. And once again, if I were you, I would only eat the cooked food if possible. So if they have cooked pasta or meat or chicken or whatever it might be, eat that. But very often they have other raw food that's there. And, ah, you know, it's just that much more risky. I know it's less healthy, but it is only during the flight. So just eat the cooked food and I maybe leave that salad until after you've landed. You know, 41. 47 Bathrooms: bathrooms. Now we should cover bathrooms as well, because bathrooms can be a dangerous place. Bathrooms are very closed. It's a very closed environment. And, ah, there a lot of things to touch in there. In fact, it's very hard not to touch things when you're in an airplane bathroom. And so this is something you should keep in mind. First of all, when you're walking in, I would once again where mask and glasses and hat, whatever you need to cover yourself. Go all in when you're going to the bathroom. Okay, because this is kind of your mission to keep healthy while you're in the bathroom. So look at it as a mission operation bathroom, Right? So where the mask? Where the glasses. Where? The hat. Now, when you get to the door, I would actually open the door and try waving a bit, because this just helps to circulate the air, which, unfortunately, the bathroom, since always has the door closed the air. Now, as I said, the airplane has very good circulation, but still it's stays closed more than the rest of the plane. So especially if people have already been going in and out of the bathroom, I would open the door and try waving at a bit. Wave it open and close, you know, wave it open and shot a bit like you would do to kind of spread out a smell like if it smells a bit too much. Do the same thing because this helps the air circulate a bit more. Once again, it might not be needed, but why not? So just try waving the door a little bit before you go in. When you're in. Once again, be very conscious of what you're touching. Be conscious of where you put your hands and what you touch with them. It will be impossible not to touch something. And so, but just be conscious of what you're touching and how many other people have been touching that. If you're wearing gloves, then that's great. But you can still put your gloves to your face later. It's something like that. But just be conscious about this, and once you're done, wash your hands. Now wash your hands in the sink. Obviously, it's a bit tricky to wash your hands, as you know in an airport bathroom, because airplane bathroom, because you still have to touch the sink. You have to touch this, that Spencer, you have to touch the false. You know, you have to touch a lot of things. And either way, I would say still, wash your hands and then dry your hands and then use hand this if the user disinfectant to disinfect your hands. But you still have to keep something in mind. After all that, you still have to open the door. And so, uh, there several ways to do this. If you have long sleeves and maybe use your sleeve if possible, to open the door so you don't have to touch anything. Another way will be to take out another napkin or paper towel. But then you have to throw away the paper, tell when you're done, and so if you're able to do that without actually touching anything. And sometimes you can do that, depending on the structure of the of the trash or whatever it is, then fine do that, but otherwise just be very conscious about it. Usually, I will try to either use my sleeve or I'll use a paper towel, try to for it away without touching. But then, as soon as I'm out of the bathroom. Once again, I use hand sanitizer just to be that much more sure. And it's just a question of being conscious of where your hands they're going and what they're touching at all times. And the bathroom is a tricky place, so you need to be that much more alert when you're going to the bathroom. 42. 48 During the flight (again): now another thing during the flight. Keep using that hand sanitizer. And, uh, I know I've been repeating myself, but I'm trying to sort of make you sick of this because I really want to drill it in. Just keep using it. Just keep using it seriously, if it makes your hands dry or even irritated, you can deal with that after you land. But, you know, while you're flying, just use it. 43. 49 When Landing: when landing once again Here, there a couple of things to keep in mind. And also because this can sort of become a funnel of people. And so it can be sort of a dangerous moment, So just keep some things in mind. First of all, if there many people that are exiting the plane when you're exiting, I would not stand up too early. A lot of people like to stand up right away, so they're ready to go. But this usually means that you're standing up there for, like, 5 10 minutes waiting for their plane to taxi, waiting for them to open the door, cross check this done in the other. And then finally they let you go outside. During all this time, it might be better. Just stay seated it in your in your chair, especially because he can keep that much more distance from everyone else. Right? Especially if your seat is not exactly on the isle and you're a bit off, then all the better. And so just stay sitting down if you can, and then wait until there's actual movement than people are exiting before you get up. Especially if you're not in a hurry. Why not? Then, once you're in your terminal, once you get out of the plane, you're in the terminal. I would head straight to the bathroom and wash your hands thoroughly. When you're in the terminal, the bathrooms are a bit better because he can go in and out without actually touching anything. Usually you just need to walk in on walking, wash hands extremely thoroughly because even using disinfected this whole time. But you haven't been washing her hands. So just wash your hands very thoroughly and as soon as you land, and once again, though, you're in a terminal, so you should be conscious of other people as you were when the terminal when you were leaving. And so just be conscious of where the other people are, what they're doing, how close they are from you and just follow common sense while you're navigating around the terminal and then go outside as soon as possible. You probably have a passport check. You have to pick up your luggage or whatever it might be. But even when you're waiting for your luggage, if you want, step outside especially sometimes they could take quite a while for the luggage to arrive, and if it's right next to an exit step outside. Remember, being outside is always healthier than being inside, So as soon as you can just step outside, you don't want to be sitting inside waiting for your ride or the tax here that uber but you want to go outside as soon as possible. 44. 50 When you get home: So we're almost done because you've traveled, You've prepared. You've gone to the airport terminal. You've taken the flight. Now you've landed and at the arrival terminal and now you have gone home. Once you get home, there's still a couple last things to do. First thing I would do is wiped on your luggage. All the exteriors take out of this infected wife. Now your home before your luggage. Too many people touch your luggage. Luggage touches too many things or whatever might be. Just wipe it down once again. Why not just take all the exterior of your luggage and just wipe it down once with a disinfectant, wipe and then shower right away. I would step in the shower and wash off everything from you. I look in general every time I fly. I like to shower right after I get home anyway, just because I don't like having that feeling of airplane all over me and now even more so , I would say I recommend to shower right away as soon as you get home and make sure that you wash off everything off of you, shower thoroughly so you feel a lot fresher and better and this goes back to what I mentioned before about having old clothes. If you're traveling with old clothes, if you're traveling with old clothes, throw those away as soon as possible. You know as soon as you arrive at your home, just throw those clothes away. If they're old, you're not gonna wear them anymore. Just throw them away. Ah, if you they are close that you want to keep, however, just put them straight into the wash. You don't want to keep wearing them. You don't want to leave them lying around or anything. Just throw them into the wash. Once again, this might be overly cautious, but once again, why not just you throw them away or throw them in the wash. That way, you don't need to worry about it again.