What Would I Tell My Younger Self Before Traveling Abroad

Plan a Trip to Abroad

My first trip to abroad was full of unexpected experiences. I hadn’t explored much as I was not
so experienced, and I made a lot of travel mistakes. If I could talk to my younger self before my first trip abroad, here’s what I would advise my younger self:

  • Don’t be scared to explore and try new things.
  • Pack light – pack only the essentials, and not the “just-in-case” scenario stuff.
  • Meet new people and make friends.
  • Don’t stress when things don’t go the way you expect, just go with the flow.
  • Trust your instincts. Following your intuition will keep you safe.
  • Learn the local language. It will help you in communicating with and understanding the locals.
  • It is okay to leave your comfort zone and experience the changes.

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Originally published at http://altitudebranding.com.

Happy New Year 2018

A very happy new year to all my blog readers. It was my second New Year's Eve in Dubai and I must say that there is nothing like celebrating the New Year with your loved ones. 

Celebrating the New Year's Eve with the stunning fireworks display at Global Village was fun and full of excitement for us. And the best part was that so many cultures were able to celebrate NYE together as the fireworks were burst to welcome the new year of seven countries, through seven countdowns and fireworks displays, including the UAE.

Here's how we welcome the new year:

Cheers to a New Year!

The Ultimate Moving Abroad Checklist

So you’ve decided to move abroad? Congratulations! You’re in for an amazing experience that you’ll never forget for the rest of your life. Even though you’re preparing for the journey of a lifetime, it’s still going to be time-consuming, stressful, and you’ll have a million different things to do before you even begin packing your beautiful suitcases for this amazing adventure.

With that said, please take a look at this comprehensive list of things you need to consider before moving abroad. Take what applies to you and get those specific tasks or events squared away before moving on to the next leg of your life’s journey. First, make Plan For A Trip, then start making it happen.

Moving Abroad Checklist

Taking Care of the Paperwork
  • Make sure you have a valid passport
  • A place to live
  • Buy tickets for your flight and acquire transportation to the airport
  • Find tenants if you’re renting/subletting your apartment or house
  • Get your visa in order
  • Talk to a doctor about potential vaccinations
  • Create a physical and virtual copy of your important documents
  • Get health insurance in your ex-pat country
  • Let your bank, credit card companies, etc. know about your change of address
  • Let your bank know about your move abroad
  • Set up an Internet bank account
  • Call the power company to let them know about the move
  • Get copies of your medical and dental records
  • Sell anything you no longer need
  • Research utility, phone, and TV companies in your ex-pat country

Prepare to Make a Cultural Shift
  • Research local healthcare
  • Have a complete understanding of local currency
  • Have enough local currency to get by for a short while
  • Understand basic phrases and word pronunciations in the local language
  • Research cultural differences and etiquette (include business etiquette)
  • Use Google maps to learn the location of local schools, doctors, shops, etc.

Personal Checklist
  • Make the big announcement to family members, friends, and coworkers
  • Say goodbye to your loved ones
  • Put in a change of address notice with the post office
  • Collect the contact details of those closest to you
  • Put together a repatriation plan
  • Get a complete checkup from your doctor
  • Put together a moving plan

Packing Your Belongings
  • Stock up on prescription medication if unavailable in your host country
  • Keep your essential items in your suitcase because your shipped belonging might take time to arrive
  • Find an international moving company or storage space
  • Purchase packing materials
  • Make a list of everything you’ve packed, take photos, and determine the value of everything on your list
  • Determine if there are any travel restrictions in your host country
  • Buy a new compatible phone for your host country
  • Clean out your refrigerator and defrost it
  • Clean your house
  • Take meter readings, lock the windows and doors, make sure the stove is turned off on your last day

Moving Abroad with Children and Pets
  • Get appropriate transfer documents from your children’s school
  • Determine the new school(s) for your children
  • Pick appropriate children’s toys to bring along on the journey
  • Give your children pictures, games, and books that will teach them about their new country
  • Make sure your pet’s breed is legal in your new country
  • Discover if there are any pet-related quarantine rules
  • Determine if your pet needs vaccinations
  • Make arrangements to have your pet transported to your new country

  • Determine if you plan to move to your host country permanently
  • If not, decide on a return date to go home
  • Make plans for family emergencies
  • Determine if you’ll stay in your new country even if your situation changes
  • Get appropriate medical insurance when moving abroad

If you’ve definitely decided to move abroad, you should begin the planning phase at least 90 days in advance. This way you’ll give yourself enough time to complete this checklist before moving to your host country.

Wendy Dessler
Wendy is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition.

15 Travel Quotes That Will Inspire You To Travel The World

those who don't travel read only a page
The world is a book, and those who don't travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

Travel while you are young and able
Travel while you are young and able. Don't worry about the money, just make it work.
Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.
- Unknown

travel quotes
Of all the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport.
- Unknown

Traveling - It leaves you speechless
 Traveling - It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.
- Ibn Battuta

traveling the world
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
- George A. Moore

best travel quotes of all time
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do.
- Mark Twain

Take photos while traveling
We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.
- Katie Thurmes

Inspirational travel quotes
If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.
- Rachel Wolchin

Travel at least once a year
Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
- Dalai Lama

A Good Traveler Has No Fixed Plans
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

travel the world
It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.
- Asian Proverb

Best Travel Quotes Online
We are never guaranteed old age, so enjoy life’s experiences now!
- Unknown

Travel Quote by Benjamin
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Travel Quote by Shirley
The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.
- Shirley

Travel Quote by Emile
A tourist is a fellow who drives thousands of miles so he can be photographed standing in front of his car.
- Emile Ganest

Dubai Miracle Garden: A Must Visit Place in Dubai, UAE

Plan For a Trip to Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is made up of millions of stunning flowers in the middle of the desert. The garden was launched on valentine's day in 2013. It's a must visit garden in Dubai!

Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden located in Dubailand, Dubai. With its vibrant displays, the garden comprises of more than 100 million flowers planted. Its main attraction is an extremely beautiful flower wall of the 1Kilometer circumference that has made the garden into the list of candidates competing for a Guinness Record for the longest flower wall in the world.

Did You Know? Dubai Miracle Garden has been awarded a Guinness World Record for building the largest floral installation built in the shape of an Emirates A380 plane. It is covered with more than 500,000 fresh flowers and living plants.

The floral display in the garden changes with the season, so each time you plan a visit to the garden, you will definitely get a brand new experience.

Beautiful Miracle Garden in Dubai

Best time to visit Dubai Miracle Garden:

The Dubai Miracle Garden operate from October to April. But the best time to visit the garden is between November to February while it is still winter in UAE. The garden remains closed from June to September due to high temperatures.

If you haven’t yet been to Dubai Miracle Garden, you should. You can also check my Dubai Travel Guide if you are planning for a trip to Dubai sooner or late.