Hello everyone. I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Sydney!
Suddenly, I have a question: What do you think is the most important thing to take care of when returning from abroad?
There are many things to consider, but in the end, you want to feel safe and prepared.
In this article, I’m going to introduce you to five things you should pay attention to when you return to Australia!
This article is also suitable for those who have yet to return to their home country, so please read through it until the end.
I studied abroad in Sydney for a year starting in 2018. I am currently writing a blog about my experience.
This post will help you have a worry-free homecoming!
- Five things to keep in mind when returning to Australia
- Three ways to avoid panic when you return home
Five things to keep in mind when returning to Australia
1 Cancellation of your lease
Did you know that there are many problems that occur when you cancel your lease in Australia?
In many cases, the bond, which is the deposit you pay when you sign the contract, is not returned.
In my case, the owner didn’t show up on time, so I was just about to be sent to the train, but please be careful because you can get into trouble.
Make sure you know the rules of the house before you rent a room, and make sure you clean the room when you cancel the lease.
Depending on the owner, you may be deducted from the bond if the room is dirty or damaged.
Therefore, it is a good idea to keep the room you rent clean from start to finish.
2 Cancel your cell phone
It is easy to forget to cancel your cell phone when you return home.
Some people forget to cancel their cell phones in a hurry when the time is imminent.
In my case, I signed up for a cell phone contract at a regular agency, so it was very difficult to cancel.
The reason is that the person at the company’s call center was Indian, so it was difficult for me to understand English.
Therefore, it is better to sign a contract for a cell phone at an authorized store.
3 Baggage Handling
It depends on the length of your stay, but I lived in Australia for a year, so I naturally accumulated a lot of luggage.
In fact, I had a very hard time sorting through my luggage.
I didn’t buy too many things thinking about when I would go back, but you can’t beat greed…
Garbage disposal changes depending on your house and housing environment, so when you are getting close to going back home, throw away or give away what you don’t need.
The less luggage you have, the easier it will be to return home.
4 Shipping your luggage
I sorted through my luggage, but I couldn’t fit it into my suitcase, so I decided to send it to Japan.
I used the service of a study abroad agent, but it was a little difficult because the shipping form was complicated.
Also, there are some items that cannot be sent from Australia, so be sure to check beforehand.
The agent will explain how to send the items, so you don’t have to worry.
Ideally, you should return with the same luggage as when you arrived, but if you have to, use the shipping service.
5 Getting to the Airport
I took the train from Sydney city to the airport, but I had a hard time because my luggage was so heavy.
I regret that I should have taken a cab because I had a suitcase and a big bag.
I guess it depends on how much luggage you have, but if you have a lot of luggage, I would recommend taking a cab.
Depending on the time of day, cabs can be congested, so leave early.
Three ways to avoid panic when you return home
1 Be prepared with plenty of time to spare.
Many of you probably know this without being told, but humans have a tendency to procrastinate.
It is not too early to start preparing even a month before your return date, so start little by little.
You will be able to enjoy your last days in Australia to the fullest if you have more time to spend on different things than if you are rushing through your preparations!
I used to finish my preparations early and go to the park a lot during my last days in Australia.
I hope you will enjoy your free time in each of them.
2 Don’t buy unnecessary things
This is from the start of your study abroad, don’t buy anything you can’t take home with you.
If you do send it, you will have to pay expensive shipping fees, which is not recommended.
Try to live with the bare minimum of stuff, it’ll make it easier to prepare for your return, so take that as a guide!
3 Keep clothing to a minimum
One of the most common cases, especially among women, is a large amount of clothing that you cannot bring home with you.
Clothes in Australia can be quite cheap if you don’t care about the brand, so many people end up buying a lot.
I brought a week’s worth of clothes with me when I studied abroad, and bought another week’s worth of clothes there.
There was enough room in my compression bag, so I brought both back with me when I returned home.
If you don’t have enough space in your suitcase, you may want to throw away your local clothes.
- Cancel your lease
- Cell phone cancellation
- Baggage handling
- Shipping your luggage
- Transportation to the airport
There you have it, five things to keep in mind when returning to Australia!
Let’s keep calm and don’t panic when preparing for your return!
Please stay tuned for more information about Australia in the future.
Thank you for reading to the end!