Just sat down at the bar in front of my gate….flight to London departs 10:20pm……whoosh…all the stress of getting to this moment is heavy. I ordered a Pinot Grigio, relaxing, finally. Arrived at Virgin Atlantic check-in counter with a feeling of accomplishment, I managed to get all our stuff into 7 suitcases…trust me, that was an accomplishment. Then the bad news, four of my bags were overweight, ugh. I had to rearrange all my stuff (red-faced, pouring sweat, personal items springing out of each bag), what can be trashed if needed?? Bath mats…they were a last minute add because apparently bath mats aren’t available and/or can’t be located in Lagos…interesting. I was about to toss them when a very bright-eyed and compassionate attendant “Suzanna” offered to pack an extra box for my mats…I tried to tell her they are from Target and not worth the trouble but I think she saw the perspiration and sensed my impulse to cry, and insisted. Thank you Suzanna from Virgin Atlantic!
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Expats Share Their Top 20 Tips for Moving Abroad
There’s nothing more exciting than packing up your life and buying a one-way ticket to a foreign land, right? OK, maybe crazy is the better word. But whether you’ve joined the Peace Corps, transferred to Jakarta, or just decided to backpack around Europe and “settle down” on the DL, one thing’s for certain: the life of an expat, while adventurous and liberating, can be incredibly stressful.
In an effort to help aspiring — and possibly anxious — globetrotters, we chatted with a bunch of expats around the world to find out exactly what they wish they’d known before making the big move.