Wherever we are in the world and whatever we are doing, it is always going to seem like the grass is greener on the other side. In some scenarios, this is true. In most cases, there is somewhere better, but also somewhere worse than we live now and the opportunities are always going to be different. For those people that are not prepared to settle for what they have now, there is the possibility of starting a new life in another country. It’s an exciting prospect; a new country and a new life. It is important to have a clear vision of why you are going and what you hope to achieve when you get there. The realist, rather than the optimist, is going to be much more satisfied when they actually move. Here are some things to consider.
Like business owners have barriers to entry when they enter a new market, people looking to move abroad are going to have similar problems. Depending on the places you are looking at, you might have to pick up another language. This might seem fairly easy, but do not underestimate how important this language might be when it comes to day to day life, not to mention your work. Speak to almost anyone that has moved to a country that speaks a different language and they will say that the one thing they miss (alongside their family of course), is not speaking in their native language.
Do you have a plan? Have you been offered a job transfer from work? Can you work from anywhere in the world? If the answer to any of those three questions is yes, then moving to a new country might be a great opportunity. The recession might be over, but the world wide economy is still suffering. Most countries will always focus on employing their native workers first before employing foreigners. If you have a skill set that is not particularly sought after, you might want to think about developing some leads for jobs before you go.
Maybe you are moving country because you are being offered a high paid salary in comparison to the average in that country. So, you’d assume that moving there is going to be cheap. This is not always the case. You’ll need to budget for a few weeks off work, so that’s time you are spending money and not earning. During this time, you’ll find that you travel a lot and pay for hotels by the night, rather than monthly rental. Assuming it takes you 1 month to find a place and get settled, this is probably going to cost 3 times the amount that the average month from there onwards will cost. Make sure you budget not only for the time taken to move, but also things like furniture and clothing that you were not able to bring with you.
Different countries have different requirements relating to visas. Make sure you know the ins and outs of all the rules and regulations before you actually leave. This will save you a lot of stress and ensure that hassle free immigration is achieved.