The world is a big place. We often live where we live because that is where we were born. Even when we move away from the area we were raised, we might only go a few hour’s drive away. Things are more often than not, very similar in terms of culture, language, and landscape.
But there are so many different places out there, and so much world to experience, moving to a whole new country might well appeal to you.
There is a lot to be said for immersing yourself in a completely different way of life. You might want to move at a different pace than you do right now, or get away from the type of life that you have where you live. A complete change might be just what you need.
Finding The Right Country To Move To
Choosing a country to relocate to throws up lots of questions and challenges. Firstly, you might want to consider moving somewhere that you have a connection to. Maybe you have friends or relatives from there. You might be moving there for work purposes.
You probably would not want to move to a country that you have never visited. Similarly, visiting a country and falling in love with the place as a tourist is not the same as actually living there. Try and understand the politics and the economy of the country before you take a leap. It might seem like a great place to relax in the sun with a great quality of life, but there may be darker problems that you might not see as a tourist.
Getting The Right Visa
Before you make any plans, find out whether you need to get a visa or a permit to live and work in the country that you wish to move to. There will be restrictions on what you can and cannot do and it is vital that you understand your legal situation fully before taking the plunge.
You can find out about the immigration rules of the country by visiting their national embassy’s website.
Allow plenty of time for your visa applications to come through. Don’t make any firm plans or spend large sums of money until you know that you have this in place.
You should also find out how long your visa will be valid for and whether you can apply for permanent residency at the end of that.
Check out information on vaccinations that you might need. Some countries may have a risk of you catching diseases such as Yellow fever.
Finding A Job And A Home
You will need to find somewhere to work and live. This can be tricky. You will ideally want to have a job to go to before you head over there as to not have anything lined up could be risky and expensive. If you have savings left after paying all of the costs for your flights, visa, possessions to be shipped over, as well as deposits on your overseas properties, you will quickly burn through this if you do not have an income to live off.
Look online for places to live. You may even be able to find opportunities for places that you can start a business from such as an affordable shop for rent.
Getting to see a home before you move into it is going to be tough. Unless you are able to visit and look at properties, you will be going in somewhat blind. If you know anyone who lives locally, ask them to visit any potential properties. Get them to provide you with photos, videos, and a full rundown of the property to help you to decide.
You will want to rent rather than buy at first. Once you know that you will be staying in that area, you can look at buying a property if the local laws permit foreign nationals to own houses.
In terms of finding work, you might find that there are language barriers preventing you from stepping into the local workforce. If you do not know the language, get yourself onto an online course ahead of the move and start developing your skills.
If there is a local English-speaking ex-pat community in the area that you are moving, you might want to look to them to help find a job, to at least carry you over until you are settled in more and have a better grasp of the local language.
Another option would be to find an international company that employees remote workforce. There are many jobs these days that could be done from anywhere in the world. Think about anything that can be done from a laptop or using a phone. As long as you don’t have to meet your bosses or clients face-to-face, then remote working could be a great option.
Packing Up Your Home
Once you know when you are moving and you have a home secured that you will be moving into, it will be time to start thinking about moving your old life. This means going through everything that you own back home, and seeing what you can sell, donate, or throw away to help lighten the load.
Decide whether you will be taking everything with you or leaving items with friends, relatives, or putting things into storage.
Get quotes from storage companies if you are leaving anything. But also think about what you will do with these items that you are leaving in the longterm.
Moving all of your possessions, including items such as furniture and even vehicles to your new home will be expensive and a logistic challenge. Start phoning around international removals companies as early as you can in order to get quotes and make sure you are going to be able to get everything moved on your preferred dates. If you plan on managing the move yourself, you will need to look into the cost of hiring and moving a shipping container as well as the legalities of managing this process.