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Practical Living Project
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  • 1. K. G. & H. T., Spring 2011<br />Practical Living<br />
  • 2.<br />How To move abroad<br />
  • 3. <ul><li>Learn currency exchange rate (1 USD = .61 Pounds)
  • 4. Decide how much you want to spend on rent
  • 5. Know how much you have to spend
  • 6. Learn tax differences
  • 7. Take steps to change banking (credit cards, bank locations, etc)</li></ul>Make a checklist<br />
  • 8. <ul><li>
  • 9. It has information for basically everything you’ll need to know.
  • 10. Figure out what type of visa you will need & how to get it.
  • 11.
  • 12. American Embassy is located close to Oxford Street by Grosvenor Square
  • 13. Phone number: 020-7499-9000</li></ul>Contact Tourist Board & Visa<br />
  • 14.<br />(We’re very sorry about how annoying this girl is)<br /><ul><li>Council Tax: Council tax is a system of local taxation collected by local authorities. It is a tax on domestic property. Some property is exempt from council tax. Some people do not have to pay council tax and some people get a discount.
  • 15.</li></ul>Finding a flat:London<br />
  • 16. <ul><li>There is usually a voltage difference that makes it difficult to use large appliance abroad. You may need to just buy a new one upon arrival.
  • 17. For example: Hair dryer, oven, dish washer, TV.
  • 18. Keep in mind it is not practical to have to use an adapter for everything you plug in.
  • 19. Have pets? Check restrictions of bringing an animal with you abroad.
  • 20. Generally, they need a six month quarantine upon arrival to make sure they are not carrying any disease.
  • 21. You’ll have to pay for vaccinations and a full physical for your pet.
  • 22. Only certain airlines will transport pets.</li></ul>Sell/give way your things<br />
  • 23. <ul><li>If you are moving for a job, check with your company to see if they will help pay for your things to be shipped to your new home.
  • 24. The average cost for shipping a car abroad is $2,000
  • 25. There are different types of shipping with an airplane or a boat
  • 26. Consider timing, will your items be there when you arrive? Will they arrive before you?
  • 27. If they arrive before you, make sure you have someone you trust there to receive them.</li></ul>International shipping<br />
  • 28. <ul><li>Physicals are usually needed for visa applications so countries have an understanding of whatever medical needs you will require if admitted
  • 29. It is also helpful so that you can get a longer prescription for any medicine you need, it may be a while before you are situated enough in your new country.</li></ul>Get a physical<br />
  • 30. <ul><li>Register with State Department so in case of emergencies you will be taken care of
  • 31. You register with the embassy in whatever country you live in
  • 32. Your income can still be taxed by the United States government</li></ul>Register with state department<br />
  • 33. <ul><li>These include:
  • 34. Birth Certificates
  • 35. Marriage License
  • 36. Tax Records
  • 37. Immunizations Forms
  • 38. For any information about continuing to pay US taxes while living overseas see this website:</li></ul>Don’t forget copies of vital records<br />
  • 39. <ul><li>Your United State’s Driver’s License will most likely no longer be valid in a new country
  • 40. According to the US Embassy, you may drive for up to 1 year on your valid US license
  • 41. The age for driving abroad may also be different:
  • 42. In the UK
  • 43. For mopeds and small motorcycles you can be 16
  • 44. For normal vehicles, you have to be 18
  • 45. If you want to drive a bus or large truck you have to be 21</li></ul>Driver license<br />
  • 46. Learn culture/customs of new country<br />
  • 47. <ul><li>There may not always be a Walmart or Target, but they are usually affiliated with another grocery store abroad.
  • 48. Keep in mind, if you are in a city in Europe and go to a Walmart/Target like store (ex: Monoprix in France), they usually have NO parking lot so only buy as much as you can carry
  • 49. There are also a lot more boutiques in European countries for smaller shopping needs
  • 50. Generally, there are readily available convenience stores abroad. Like the one near our hotel in London.</li></ul>Grocery stores<br />
  • 51. <ul><li>Can you imagine living without your car?
  • 52. Usual transpiration in large cities in Europe are buses, metro (tube in London), or bikes.</li></ul>transportation<br />
  • 53. <ul><li>You will want to research what medical care is like in the country before leaving.
  • 54. Consider England, you are registered to a doctor in your area and are stuck with him/her. You can’t register elsewhere in less you buy private insurance.
  • 55. Having a child aboard?
  • 56. Serious health issues?</li></ul>Medical care<br />
  • 57. <ul><li>If moving abroad, you’ll want to buy a new mobile and get a local phone number.
  • 58. If you are leaving before your contract in finished, there is usually a termination fee.
  • 59. If your family lives here, consider international fees when calling/texting abroad (or, just use Skype)
  • 60. Keep in mind not every country has as readily available internet connection as the United States (though, most Western European countries do)</li></ul>communication<br />
  • 61. <ul><li>When going abroad, to connect with local people, you’ll want to probably join a club or group of some sort.
  • 62. For example, in London, there is an Old English Sheepdog club! Or the London Digeridoo Club.
  • 63. For more information go to</li></ul>Social gatherings<br />