Moving Abroad: 7 Questions To Ask Yourself First

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Thinking of moving abroad? There is a lot to consider when moving to another country. Below are some of the big questions to ask yourself to determine whether it’s the right option for you.

What’s your purpose?

You should make sure that there is a clear and sensible purpose for moving abroad. Good reasons to move abroad could include pursuing a specific career, getting an education, being closer to family or simply experiencing life in another country. Make sure that you’re not moving abroad on a whim or moving abroad to live with a partner you’ve only met online. 

What documents/permits will you need to apply for?

You’ll likely need to apply for a visa or other documentation - the type of which may depend on the length and purpose of your stay. There are temporary visas for temporary stays, which include temporary working visas and travel visas. If you want to move abroad permanently, you’ll have to consider applying for citizenship. Alternatively, you could stay for a few years and then consider an indefinite leave to remain application. Immigration advisors can help you find the right option. Make sure that you are able to meet requirements.

How much will the move cost?

Moving abroad can be expensive. Make sure that you’ve budgeted for the cost of a visa and the cost of getting you and your possessions over there. You also need to consider the cost of accommodation - there may be upfront costs to save up for such as a rental deposit (or mortgage deposit if you’re able to buy). 

How different is the cost of living?

When you get there, you need to consider how different the cost of living will be. You may be able to get more for your money, or you could find that basic expenses like food and rent are much more expensive. Make sure that you’ve got a source of income that can support these costs.

Will you have to learn another language?

English is spoken all over the world, but few people speak it fluently. When moving to a country that does not speak English as its first language, you should consider whether its worth learning the official language first. This could include hiring a tutor or using a language learning app

Can you adjust to the cultural differences?

A new country is likely to have different laws and customs. There may be cultural differences that are difficult to adjust to - particularly if you don’t agree with them (for instance, women may have fewer rights in some countries). Of course, there may be cultural differences that you love. Make sure that the good outweighs the bad. 

Are you able to leave friends and family behind?

One of the hardest parts of moving to another country is having to say goodbye to family and friends. You’ll still be able to talk to them on the phone, on Zoom or on Facebook, but you won’t be able to arrange in-person meetings as regularly. Be prepared to make new friends when you move abroad so that you’re not lonely - it could be worth joining a few social groups or clubs to meet people. 

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This is a collaborative post.

Thank you so much for reading today's post! As much as it is a collaborative one, the subject matter is really close to me as I did make the big move to France almost 7 years ago with my family; it took a lot of reflection and organisation in order to do so. 

Are you planning a big move abroad? If so, have you thought about the above?

Let me know in the comment section below, along with any other questions, opinions or feedback you'd like to hit me with - I'm always ready to hear from you guys. 

Until next time,
Marina Rosie x

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