The bank HSBC has launched an online platform where expatriates can go in order to swap advice on moving abroad and the types of things people can expect to experience.
HSBC Expat Hints & Tips went live this week, with 800 or more pieces of information presented in bite-sized pieces making them easy to digest.
Much of the advice has been extracted from the 20,000 responses the company has had to its annual Expat Explorer surveys, which is has conducted over the past five years.
As time goes on this is likely to be replaced with more up-to-date advice as expats are encouraged not just to view the site, but to add their own tips too.
Advice is both destination specific as well as more general, meaning that anyone contemplating a move can see whether the country they are thinking about has certain idiosyncrasies, but also understand the challenges facing all expats.
For example, Mike and Jess in Malta have posted: "Buses in Malta will change bills and coins if they can – but try to use small bills to speed up the boarding process. Top-up saver cards are also available."
On the other hand a user called Julien offered advice which is applicable anywhere in the world: "Try to learn some basics about local language – it will definitely change your life."
The material on the site can be viewed by simply browsing it, but for those doing more targeted research into becoming an expat, there a number of ways that it can be filtered by either destination or theme.
According to HSBC Expat this allows expats "to find the hints and tips that are most relevant to them, whether they’re looking for tips about leisure activities in the UAE, or finding accommodation in Singapore".
There is also a feature where expats can upload a set of five top tips as opposed to just a single suggestion and users can also choose to view these as sets of information.
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