Just look at all this action! 2014 is shaping up to be a great year so far.
So while I am down south in the USA with Contiki I thought I would give you a sneak preview of my NEXT adventure. Yes, this is an adventure of a very different kind: I am moving to London, England!
I will be making a video on this later, but this is more of the logistics announcement. Also, you guys get to hear about it first cause you like to read. YAY for literacy.
Now even this is gonna be a very summarized version since I could literally go on for hours about the details. Basically I was feeling like I was in a creative rut and I wanted a change from Vancouver, Canada. Now when most people ask me this they are always so concerned, but really they shouldn’t be. This will be the third time I have moved to live in another country. First New Zealand, then the USA, now England.
What do they say, third times a charm? Well regardless, being my third time I feel a lot more confident, less worried and scared than my first two times. PLUS, London is perfect for a Travel Vlogger since you can fly everywhere from there!
How long will I go for? Who knows, it’s indefinite at the moment, but I would like to stay at least a year.
So basically, who is ready for an adventure?!
Here’s some details and some of your questions answered:
Housing and where I’ll stay
This is the second most popular question I get asked and honesty, I don’t know yet. Most people get hung up and worried about where they are going to live and stay, I am not fussed. My biggest tip is not to find something TOO permanent. A short term let is ideal. Since your not to familiar with the area yet and not sure which place you’ll like best. Once you get a bit more comfortable it’s easier to commit to a long term place.
Also, I don’t like finding a place BEFORE I depart. I think it’s very important to visit a place in person before you move in. Pictures are sooo deceiving, and your really relying on the poster’s honesty and accuracy when you commit to a place from an online ad alone. Also, chemistry between your roommates. These are people you are going to be living with, you better make sure you get along.
I HIGHLY recommend getting local roommates when you move to a new country. It’s honesty the easiest most natural way to make new friends in a foreign country. They already have friends, and now their friends will become your friends. PLUS, they know a lot more about the city your moving to and can help you figure things out.
$$$ More is less…literally
One of the worst parts of moving is the conversion rate. CAN-GBP .Good god, it’s like taking what I have in my bank account and dividing it in half. So I essentially have to save up twice as much as I would need back home.
You need to make sure that you have a support fund. This is minimum:
- One month’s rent plus another month’s rent for a damage deposit
- One month’s living expenses, so food, transportation and misc items you would need to purchase.
Usually this works out to being around 2000-4000 IN THE CURRENCY OF THE COUNTRY. Important to note this cause $4000 CAN is only £2280 GBP. 4000 is on the higher side and not REALLY necessary if you are planning on finding a job ASAP, which I plan on doing. I usually try and have around 2000-3000 but then again, I am frugal with my money and can stretch that.
Thank my daddy for my Slovakian EU Passport so I can legally live and work in the UK, or else I would have a bunch of VISA paperwork to file and go through like the last two times I moved. For those looking to live and work in foreign countries I HIGHLY recommend checking out your country’s working holiday scheme. I did a working holiday in New Zealand the first time I moved and I LOVED it.
I know that London has a great public transportation system so I plan on using that. LA’s public transportation is shit, but if you have a car you are fine (which I did). In Vancouver walking and buses are very efficient ways to get around. I had a car, but only used it to drive longer distances and as more of a convenience. In Auckland I lived in the CBD (central business district) so I was right downtown and it was pretty easy to get to places. In London I am somewhat planning the same thing; live central and close to transport, as much as I can afford.
Well that is all the basics for now. I hope that answered some of your questions, stay tuned for the video and if you have any more questions let me know in the comments and I might do a part 2!
Cheers to London!