Some truly amazing bloggers were kind enough to share their knowledge and experience with me about living and/or travelling abroad. If you are about to embark on a big move or world travel adventure, it is worth taking a look at some of the top tips people who have done it already have to offer.
Here is some of the great advice/tips that was offered:
Sheala from One World, Many Questions
Tipping in the U.S. can be quite confusing, especially if you come from a country where tipping is discouraged or where a set service charge is normal. In the U.S., restaurants typically only have a set service charge if you have a party of 6 or more people. Additionally, tipping in our country extends far beyond restaurants. Many Americans tip hair stylists, taxi cab drivers, hotel staff, and even baristas! Although the appropriateness of tipping has been debated for centuries, it is an intregal part of our economic system with over 3% of our workforce dependent on tips.
Irene from Away from Tenerife
Ask the locals – getting off the beaten track seems to be the way to go nowadays and there is no one better than a local to show you the way out of the tourist crowd.
Holly from English Girl, Canadian Man
Open up every form of communication possible. Different people back home use different methods of communication and I have to be able to use them all! I use snapchat, voxer, whatsapp, email, facetime, skype, this blog, twitter, tumblr, instagram, snail mail, comfort parcels. If I lost even one of these elements I would lose the opportunity to remain in contact with at least one person from home. I cannot afford to do that, so I have to be Queen of Social Media.
Cait from Bi-Continental Bird
Patience is a virtue. Moving overseas is long and drawn out. The visa process is excruciating. Sit tight, make sure you follow each step to the T, and you will be sorted. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were visas.
This is just a small selection of some of the great writing that was shared (I could not include all the great tips/advice as this post would have been huge), and if you want to read some more, be sure to visit the other participants (listed below) and have a look through their fantastic blogs.
Thank you to all who joined in, you make the expat, TCK and travel blogging community a great place to be!