We always recommend a pre-move trip to anyone that’s moving to a new country. Now, this trip isn’t a vacation (although if you have the extra time and money, you can definitely add a few days on), it’s an opportunity to ‘test drive’ your new country and get an idea of what it’s like to live or function there. Here’s a few reasons why it’ll make your actual move much easier.
1. Taking job interviews in person
Meeting your interviewer in person will show them how serious you are about relocating. Nothing screams commitment more than “hey, I’m willing to get on a plane to come in and meet you in person”. Also, it might mean that there’s no need for a second interview.
2. Growing your network before your move
Having a local network can give you guidance on what to expect in your new country. Face to face networking can give you first hand exposure on topics like: the best places to live for expats, bars/restaurants to check out, and places or things you should avoid. Growing my network in Tokyo has been so valuable already because I’ll have a support system on day 1 of my official move!
3. Figuring out the housing situation
Trust me, you’ll want to make this a priority during your visit. Finding housing is one of the most daunting tasks of moving abroad. I hate it!! Figuring out your housing situation during a pre-move trip will help make things less stressful. You’ll have a chance to visit locations, and get an idea of the cost of housing + surrounding areas. This will save you money, time, and effort when you do move abroad.
4. Master the Transportation system
Some countries can be quite complex when it comes to public and private transportation. Being present and getting familiar on how to maneuver through your new location will greatly ease one of many stressors involved in completing a relocation. Sure you can search online about whether you’ll need a car or not, but it’s better to make a huge investment like this after you’ve experienced things yourself
5. Deciding if you actually like it
I’ve never actually did a pre-move trip and didn’t like the country, but It’s quite possible. You’ll discover so many things you didn’t know you needed to know. Checking things out beforehand will help you figure out if your new host country is right for you. Culture shock on its own is already a lot to deal with. The last thing you want to do is pack up, move, and find out you hate it, or that option number 2 was probably the better choice. Do yourself a favor and invest in a pre-move trip to