So you want to move abroad. Many people each year decide to up and leave to other countries. You might want to move somewhere warmer or love the culture in a different part of the world.
Regardless of why you want to go, moving abroad is a bit different from just moving to a different town.
Before we go into how to move abroad, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of moving abroad.
Moving abroad, no matter where you go will come with a new set of challenges and experiences. You’ll be thrown into new situations and locations that can seem scary or intimidating at first but will ultimately help you grow. You’ll be forced out of your comfort zone but really that’s a good thing.
Coming from your home country to somewhere new will completely change how you see the world. What you view as “normal” can be completely different from your new home. You can expand your view and learn more about different cultures all at once.
Like or not when you move you are still going to have to work. You’re probably very aware of this. But moving can actually be a great move for your career, it might even be the reason you are moving. Depending on where you go in the world you might find your skills are more in demand, the pay might be better and you can find yourself with a whole host of new prospects.
So we’ve gone through just a few of the perks of moving abroad. Now let’s take a look at some tips for the difficult part.
Moving abroad is easier said than done, it can be a complicated process that can get stressful. If you are willing to deal with the process here are a few tips to use before your move.
You might have already been where you plan to move. That might be why you want to move. But going for a while beforehand is a great way to understand what you are stepping into and what you’ll need to plan for.
You can of course search the internet for information, but experiencing it yourself for a while is going to be the best option. You’ll gain first-hand experience of what your new life is going to be like including the lifestyle, the homes and what day to day life will look like.
This should go without saying, especially if you’re moving to a non-English speaking country. You don’t need to fork out a fortune for professional lessons, there are a host of apps and online services out there that can help you.
Remember when you go somewhere on holiday people are going to be willing to accommodate a tourist who doesn’t speak the native language but it’ll be different when you move there permanently. You don’t need to be an expert but being half-competent before you move will be a great benefit.
So when you move you’ll need to get a new job. Before you do though you’re going to incur some costs, depending on if you have a job sorted before you go or not you’re going to need some savings to keep you afloat during the job search.
Find out about the cost of living and how much your outgoings will be when you move. You might find that certain foods or utilities are more expensive than in the UK. Consider this and budget appropriately so you aren’t hit with any surprise costs.
So there you go. Some of the benefits of moving abroad and a few tips for you to consider if you choose to go. Of course, there’s an awful lot more to think about too, do yourself a favour and spend a long time researching where you want to go and how to do it. But if you do decide to go, good luck!