In 2022, “Japa” became a popular word among Nigerians, and many Nigerians are still leaving the country to move abroad, especially to seek better opportunities and a brighter future.
“Japa” simply means relocating to another country, usually overseas, in search of better opportunities.
If you’re planning to travel abroad for a higher-paying job, a fresh start, or to study, it’s essential to prepare thoroughly for a smooth and enjoyable experience.
For most Nigerians, traveling abroad brings immense joy.
Leaving a country where many people struggle to make a living, and where security and healthcare are not guaranteed, feels like entering a paradise.
If you’re starting the process of relocating or japa, there are important things you need to know to make your relocation hassle-free.
Here’s a list of things to consider before you go.
1. Your Health May Be Affected
As you are preparing to travel abroad, you must know that your health may be affected as a result of the change in weather.
For instance, if you relocate to very cold regions and have certain underlying health conditions, exposure to cold can trigger them.
So, the first thing to do before you Japa is to know the state of your health.
That is, go for a medical checkup and find out about the weather in the country you want to relocate to.
Your doctor will be able to tell you if you can cope with the weather and also tell you how to protect yourself.
2. Communication With Friends And Family Will Be Affected
You’re traveling to a place where you won’t be surrounded by your friends and relatives.
It’s a completely new chapter in your life. It is critical to understand that your communication with friends and family in Nigeria may be hampered.
You can, however, talk through modern technologies such as Skype, Zoom, Google Meet, WhatsApp, and so on.
It may not be the same as it was when you were in Nigeria, but you will stay in touch.
Also, it is critical to understand how to interact with new individuals in your new workplace.
3. Local Food Problem
As you prepare to relocate abroad, you should be aware that most of the local foods you enjoy eating will be unavailable. Where they are available, you will spend good sum of money to get them.
It can be a problem if you are the type who cannot quickly adapt.
Though it is not impossible to get your favorite foods over there, they will most likely be more expensive to purchase because they are exported from here.
Here’s another great read for you: Japa: 5 Countries Nigerians Can Migrate With Family
These are some of the many things you should know before you japa and leave the rest of us in this country.