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Six things to remember before moving abroad

by John Saunders
29th Nov 21 3:00 pm

Making the move abroad is a life changing experience, allowing you to have the future you’ve always dreamed of.

However, there are also important things you need to consider before you go; it’s never a good idea to up and relocate without any preparation.

If you’re thinking about embarking on the great adventure of living abroad, here are six things to keep in mind while you’re planning.

1. Familiarise yourself first

It’s a good idea to visit your new home country a few times before you commit to moving there. This way you’ll be able to familiarise yourself with the local culture and customs and build a picture of your future life there.

As you settle on where you want to live, you can even spend some time staying in that area – learn how safe it is, master local transport and locate nearby essentials like supermarkets and pharmacies. These are all things you take for granted after living somewhere for a long time.

2. Language barrier

It’s important to take into consideration the primary language of the country you’re moving to. Do you already speak it? Are you learning it? Get a head start with a language programme such as Rosetta Stone.

You shouldn’t assume that everyone you encounter will be able to speak English. A language barrier won’t just contribute to potential problems, but it can also leave you feeling isolated too.

3. Visas

You can’t just up and move abroad. There are certain visas you need to live and work in another country, and if you fail to obtain these you could face deportation.

There are several ways to go about your enquiries, including the government website and even investment opportunities. For example, Property Lisbon can help you access Portugal’s Golden Visa programme for shortcuts to residency and citizenship.

4. Work

How will you earn money while you’re living abroad? You’ll need to consider employment opportunities in your new home country.

Of course, if you’re moving for work then this won’t be a problem. Your company might even sort out the logistics for you, which will certainly save you a headache or two!

5. Schools

Are you moving with a family? You need to find out what the schools are like at your chosen destination. Will your children have a better education than they would have at home? Or are they going miss out?

Make sure that you fully investigate the education system – for example, do you have to pay? Will your child have the same support and opportunities that they would get if you stayed put?

6. Health care

Healthcare is a vitally important consideration when deciding whether to move. Not only do you need to think about the quality of healthcare services, but you need to be aware of the logistics too.

How easily can you access a doctor if you fall ill? Do you have to pay or can you access universal healthcare? For example, moving from the UK to the US will be a shock when you encounter medical costs!

Have you moved abroad? Tell us about your moving experiences in the comments below.

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