If you’re fortunate enough to be in a position where you can uproot yourself quickly and move to another country to work, finding long term accomodation can often be a real pain. Furnished apartments aren’t always easy to come by, and in some countries, where real estate is highly sought after, the costs can be high and the agency fees astronomical.
One option that might be worth considering is living in a hotel. Admittedly, I’ve tried doing this for a month, once, and it nearly drove me mad – but each to their own. Russell Coker has two good articles on living in hotels – firstly in London and then some more general tips.