The "look and see trip" (or look-see trip) is a service that is sometimes provided by companies to singles or families that are moving abroad on an expatriate contract. The purpose of this trip is for the individual or family to see, feel and experience the country and region that they may be moving to near future. Companies will provide this service only to those who have already agreed to be flexible and open to such a move. Before flying out to your new destination, you will be contacted by the relocation company working together with your firm to discuss your personal needs and wishes regarding your future life in the host country. Your particular needs may include an apartment close to the office or close to the airport, as you will be a frequent traveler in your new position, or it may include a house with three bedrooms and close proxies to an international school of high standards. Your personal wishes include an ocean view and an apartment close to shops and nightlife, or maybe a swimming pool in the yard and a supermarket close by. Whatever your needs and wishes consist of, it is important that you do your research beforehand, so that the relocation agency can assist you in the best possible way. Do not hold back when it comes to expressing your wishes. The more details you can give, the better chance the agency can help with pinpointing your ideal home in the future.
If you are a single person, it is likely to be reliably easy for you to find a convenient time to fly out to your future destination and visit your potential future office and explore housing options. If you are part of a family moving abroad, you will need to find a time to travel that is not only convenient for all members of the family, but that will also allow you to visit all the necessary facilities such as, for example, daycare or schools at the right time. The trip planned during school holidays may not portray an accurate picture of an area, as the amount of traffic can be quite different from its usual daily buzz, construction work may be temporarily suspended, and daycare and schools may be closed down , or the promises will be running on half-empty.
Typical look and see trip lasts a week. Upon your arrival at your destination, or soon thereafter, an agent from the relocation agency will meet you at the hotel or the place where you are staying, to discuss the program of the week. This program is naturally based on the needs and wishes that you have previously expressed. However, if misunderstanding has occurred, then it is time to correct these before wasting any time seeing things you are not really interested in seeing. The agent will be eager to show you as many things as possible in as little time as possible. If you feel that the program is too overwhelming, do not hesitate to cut down on the programmed activities. Just keep in mind that there will only be one look and see trip!
The standard look and see trip program may look like this:
Country presentation, cost of living, cross-cultural tips, historical information about your host country.
Familiarization tour, including supermarkets.
Home sampling (4-5 housing options)
Visit to daycare or schools (if applicable)
Visit to car dealers and information about car ownership , malls, restaurants, banks, sports centers, etc.
The look and see program usually works on a half day basis, giving you some free time to do some exploration of your own. You can use this time to visit tourist attractions and shops, or simply stroll around your preferred area to get a proper sense of the place. For those who are tormented by jet-lag, a well-earned rest after a hectic day may be the top priority!
If you do not have the option or time available for visiting your future host country, then you can make your own look and see trip by surfing the internet, reading relevant books, looking at movies and images from your future destination, and talking to people who have lived there. Thanks to the vast information available to us through these days through the Internet, chat rooms and satellite images, etc., it is really possible to acquire a very good feeling and idea of a country or place that we have not yet visited in real life .