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Preparing to leave, saying goodbye

Tuesday 21 October 2008

Once you made the decision to leave your home for a longer period of time, you need to figure out how you want to organize things.
Selling your car and finding someone to stay at your flat while you are gone is just one of the many parts there are.
You need to know that your passport is valid long enough and that you’re still insured while abroad, so make sure to check with your insurance company and try to make a good deal with them. (I actually pay less for my health insurance while I am abroad, than I would have staying home… Isn’t that just crazy?)
Double check your finances – especially make sure your credit card is valid throughout your stay. Getting your bank to send you a new one will be kind of expensive.
Depending on your destination it will be a good idea to check for any health risks and get immunization.

Aside from all those formal things, you need to prepare your friends and family for your leave. Don’t tell them too early, or they might not take you serious. Also don’t tell them last second or they will feel disappointed not including them into your plans.

Turns out, it seems to be almost more important for your friends to get a┬áproper farewell party (or dinner) than it might seem to you. You will have a pretty busy time and probably have the most fun in the world, but in their life will be a gap – caused by you. Show some appreciation! :-)

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