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The Resettling Series- Planning your Journey

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All too soon your studies in the UK/France has/is coming to end and you will soon be returning home. Here are some tips to help you plan for your return journey home.

  1. Do an extensive search for affordable flights which give you value for money and book your flight weeks in advance to save some money. The airline websites are safer than travel agent websites in case there is a problem with your transaction.
  2. Do not shop at the last minute. Also take advantage of shops that are holding sales promotions. A useful way to shop is to make a list of people you want to buy things for, then shop for each person on the list. This will help you stick to a budget and save money. If you have postcards or calendars of your city, buy a few. People will appreciate them.
  3. If you have things to ship, be sure it is a registered and reliable shipping agent and preferably ship things six weeks before you arrive.
  4. Weigh your luggage before going to the airport.
  5. Dress for the flight with your country’s weather conditions in mind.
  6. Have someone meet you at the airport and make sure to send your most recent picture to the person. The likelihood that the person might not recognize you is high.
  7. You and the person meeting you should agree on the specific meeting point in the airport because your local mobile number may be inactive by now. Alternatively, have enough call credit on your foreign phone as this will allow you to make calls with your foreign mobile number.
  8. Have some notes and coins in your country’s currencies on you.
  9. The weather conditions in your home country did not change much during your studies so get ready to reacclimatize as soon as the plane touches down at your home country’s airport.
  10. On a lighter note, leave your acquired accents at the airport, your grandparents won’t be happy.


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