Travel checklist

  • [ ] check visa
  • [ ] check vaccinations for area
  • [ ] check currency exchange

Booking a plane

  • clear cache often, prices are set by cookies
  • early vs last minute bookings? no idea which one is best
  • most people often already have a cancellation insurance, don't get one twice
  • be careful you don't tick extra options when traveling with a cheap company, this is how they make money
  • smaller airports often have better prices
  • check if the flight no. you're planning to go on is available somewhere else, sometimes the same flight is available for less somewhere else
  • skyscanner
  • tripdelta

Planning a trip

  • Investigate when you want to travel first, off-season can save 80% in costs
  • Check out what you can do in the towns you're heading at. Make a day by day plan.
  • Never just go somewhere, planning on site is a waste of vacation time.


  • roost - laptop stand, prevents neck pain


  • deet
  • Oral Rehydration Therapy
  • Anti-diarrhea meds
  • Thermometer


  • hepatitis A/B are pretty important. 3 shots in 6 months.
  • protection against stomach typhoid for Asia (don't eat chicken)
  • DTP



  • wash hands after toilet, before cooking, before eating
  • don't judge food by its exterior, you can't see microbes


  • not all tap water is drink water; don't have ice cubes
  • only drink coffee / tea prepared with boiled water
  • don't drink uncooked milk


  • best to peel your own fruit
  • when preparing own food make sure to wash it in boiled water / mineral water
  • don't eat rare meat or fish
  • don't eat unpacked


Traveling uninsured is super dangerous; if for some reason you end up in a hospital (which could be for anything; even stuff that's out of your control) there's a fair chance of you going bankrupt. Since I'm Dutch this part will be focused on Dutchies that are moving abroad, though I'm sure that many countries will have a rough equivalent of the terms described here.

If you're Dutch and stay >1 year abroad you're no longer insured for most common things. Insurances provided by the Dutch state are:

  • next of kin insurance (Anw)
  • unfit for work insurance (AOW)
  • insurance law (Zvw)
  • long term care law (Wlz)
  • social care law (Wmo)

Subscribing to the AOW and Anw can be done until 1 year after leaving the country.

In addition there are other risks to take care of:

In Australia there are 3 types of insurances:

  • life insurance
  • health insurance
  • general insurance (liability / property)


Emigrating is a tricky beast. There's tons of things you need to take care of. Here's a short list:

  • information of embassy or consulate
  • digital passport (DigID)
  • taxes
  • health insurance
  • retirement fund
  • legalisation of diploma's and documents
  • welfare
  • Dutch government emigration checklist

Applying for a second year visa in Australia

So in order to apply the best approach would probably be to become a "skilled independent" - this doesn't tie you down to a specific employer and is generally pretty good. For people in software, the most relevant ones are probably:

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