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Thursday, March 22, 2012

4 Tips for Expats Relocating Abroad



Relocating overseas can be an adventure. Staying safe overseas shouldn't be. When you are living abroad as an expat, there are a number of things you can do to decrease your risk of danger and increase your positive experiences.

Language
Make an effort to learn the languages of every country you visit. Not only will you have a very different experience, you will reduce your risk of standing out and attracting unwanted attention of people who prey on foreigners. Try to learn some common phrases before you go, and immerse yourself in the language upon arrival.

International Motor Insurance
If you plan to use a vehicle while you are abroad, take the time to purchase international motor insurance before you leave. An international car insurance policy will provide liability or comprehensive coverage in the event of a car accident, auto theft or other physical vehicle damage. International Motor insurance can often be rolled into a larger plan with other types of international insurance for a better rate.

Law
When you are relocating in a foreign land for any length of time, be familiar with the country's basic laws before you move. Find out about their customs and respect them to avoid any incidents. Try to blend in and observe the local and etiquette when possible.

Food and Water
Learn about the local cuisine and what the foods are. Observe what the locals eat, where they shop and how they cook. Take precautions for clean food and water. Consider drinking alternate beverages or using bottled water to avoid food-borne illnesses. If you're relocating, purchase international health insurance for added protection in the event of a problem.

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