I was also given a guide to the UK. It’s thick. You can hurt someone with it. For real. It goes into setting up your National Insurance number, getting set up with a bank account, which hostels are good, etc. It also mentions that non of these things are easily done. And I quote: “…the NI offices are often very busy with not very pleasant waiting areas. Take a good book!” *Sigh* I have a feeling my first couple of weeks are going to be hectic just trying to settle in. Not to mention there are still so many things to organize on this end. Like reference letters, resumes, travelers cheques, bank statements. All the small things that you don’t really think about or remember about until they all pile up and you have no time left to complete them.
Also, I am trying to find a Credit Card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. Nomadic Matt recommended the Capital One MC. Which is great, except that it doesn’t apply to Canada. Boo. I think my best bet will be to just set one up upon arrival. Thoughts?
So, my Visa only allows me to work for 12 months out of the 24. However, I’ve never been one to conform, so I’m just going to keep working until they tell me to stop. *Smirk*
Another thing that really freaks me out is finding my way around London. I’ve never been too great with directions and have relied heavily on others for this sort of thing. I see a lot of random alleyways and sketchy buildings in my near future. I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best here.
Lastly, I want to extend a huge thanks to Geoff from Itinerant Londoner who has been sending oodles of helpful emails to guide me along my way! Thanks! 🙂