Suss out the personal and the practical before you go.
Emigration is common with young people in Ireland and if you chose to do it could open up the next exciting chapter in your life. If you have decided to take that step and move abroad, or even travel for an extended period of time here are some tips to set yourself up before you leave.
Travel check list
Before you leave:
- Get your medication organised
- If you are on any regular medicines, get a three month supply to take with you. If you are worried about customs, your G.P. can write a letter explaining what meds you are on and what dosages you take. Some countries are pretty strict about importing medicines, so a letter will make things easier.
- Make sure your passport is in date
- Photocopy important documents such as passport, insurance, birth cert, work references and driving license
- Be informed
- Read about the places you are travelling to so you can make the most of the experience. Learning and being aware of cultural sensitivities is important too.
- Update your CV and make it work for the job market/country you are going to
- Try and pay off any debts you have before you leave
- Try to book your flight well in advance
- Setting your departure date will help you plan practicalities and give you mental and emotional time to prep for the big move.
- Give advance notice to your employer
- If you are working let them know your travel plans and get your P45 before you leave. Check your contract of employment to see how much notice you have to give your work before you can finish.
- Get credit references from your bank/credit union, you may need them to set up an account in your new country
- Cancel any regular standing orders/payments for rent, TV, gas, electricity, phone etc
- Get some currency for the country you are going to
- Mark the occasion in a meaningful way
- This is a big milestone, and even though there may be mixed feelings around emigration, acknowledging this big move can make it seem less daunting. Throw a goodbye party or make a point to individually say your goodbyes, whatever feels right to you.
You may be leaving because you want to explore the world and see what’s out there. Or you may be leaving because funds are low and you need to go abroad to get a job. Either way, it can be difficult saying goodbye to loved ones. Even if you are going because you really want to, saying goodbye can still be heart wrenching.
Luckily, because of the internet, you can Skype, FaceTime, IM, and text as often as you like. Flights and sea fares have also gotten cheaper. So, you might not see your loved ones every day, but you still can keep in regular contact.
You might end up loving where you land and simply have the time of your life. You may make your foreign land a new home. Or, you may decide to return home so that you can see your family regularly, spend time with an ill relative or take advantage of a great job opportunity. Or maybe you may just long for the green, green fields...
Returning home can be a big adjustment, what with looking for a new flat, sorting out your job, bills etc. So, take it slow, since it will be culture shock in reverse.Whether you decide to stay or to go, remember that there is information and support available for you every step of the way. Check out our related articles for even more info.