It is full speed ahead! There is so much to do and not enough time to do it. I’m so busy working right up until the last bit I can’t seem to find time to sort everything out. My first tip if you were thinking about an IEC… book some more time off before you leave. You may thank yourself from escaping from the stress!
But I thought I would let you know some of the important things I have found helpful. A lot of it is going to cost some money, but I’m pleased with the purchases, I’m also happy know I’m am covered.
The first one is Insurance!
In Canada they have their own health care which is similar to the British version of the NHS. Unfortunately as a IEC you wouldn’t classify for it and you will need health insurance. After hunting and asking different people, I have gone with a company called True Traveller (https://www.truetraveller.com).
You can add as much to your quote or as little. Its well priced and may seem too much at first, but you are getting insurance for 2 years at the end of the day. My insurance cost £605.00. This is a no excess policy which basically means I don’t have to pay upfront for the treatment if I need it. Which maybe helpful if I am really skint in the future. But you can cover yourself for up to 2 years which is the amount of time the UK IEC will allow you to be in the country for. There is no upfront medical and if you are under 25 you can have a free meeting with a Doctor when you get out there. Which means I can set up a prescription for me Inhalers.
When you go to the boarder you will need enough insurance to last you the 2 years otherwise you may have your time cut short. Don’t be scared about paying the money, you may need it and be thankful for the cover.
I have also taken out insurance for all my gadgets. As a photographer I have a lot of kit and need to know that it is covered so I can get jobs and sleep easy knowing that if something goes wrong, I am covered and I am not going to have a really big bill on my lap. I went with Protect Your Bubble (https://uk.protectyourbubble.com). I went with these guys because I needed world wide cover without a limit and it was the only company that offered it. I’m paying about £30.00 a month, which seems a lot compared to others, but I have a lot of kit. The only downside is that is something does go wrong, it will be send back to my UK address. But I will hopefully not need it! But yet again it is better safe than sorry!
Now I’ve also got myself 3 months worth of prescriptions… which you are allowed to get. My Doctor was not happy about doing this, but they are allowed to do it even though they may give you hell for it.
Print all your documents off! Keep them safe. Put some in your hand luggage and some in your checked in bag. Keep a digital copy on a memory stick and on an email account. You never know what is going to happen and it is better to yet again be safer than sorry.
Also photocopy your passport. There is nothing worse than loosing it and being stuck!
This is all I can think of right now. I’m planning on doing a packing list, but like I said I am very busy and may not have time.
But as I’m all done with all my insurance, I’m going to stick on a film and crack on with my packing.
Keep a note of everything.
You’re brain will be scrambled.
Keep in touch,