If you’re planning a move overseas, a “look-see” visit can be very helpful for setting up your new life abroad.
A look-see trip is an exploratory visit to the country you’re moving to that helps Expats to determine what life will be like in the area. It is important to make sure that your look-see trip is planned efficiently so you can get as much done as possible on the visit. Give yourself a decent amount of time on your trip to explore the area and begin making decisions about your life abroad.
Here are six tips for planning your “look-see” Trip
1. Stay in the neighborhood
Do research prior to your trip to find neighborhoods in the area that interests you. On your trip, spend as much time in each of these neighborhoods living like a local. If possible, stay in a hotel or rent a home in the neighborhood that interests you so you get a feel for everyday life.
2. Avoid Tourist Attractions
You’re here to see what everyday life is like, so spend time living like the locals, not the tourists. You can set aside time at the end of your trip for tourist activities.
3. Meet the Neighbors
Walk around the neighborhood and visit the local restaurants and hangouts, so you can interact with the locals and see who is living in the area.
Research the public transportation and see how easy it is to get around. Determine if you need to purchase a vehicle to live in that neighborhood. Remember to test your commute to your new job from the neighborhood where you’re looking to live.
5. Visit the Schools
If you’re relocating with children, set up appointments with the local schools in the area. Remember that in some cases where you live affects which schools your children can attend, so be sure to ask about all requirements.
6. Meet the Local Expats
Reach out to some Expats living in the area through social media networking groups, and ask if they can meet you for a drink. The local Expats will be able to tell you better than anyone what it’s like to move to the area.