The opportunity to go and live in another country by choice is a great one, and one that although most people won’t get, it’s something that they’ve probably thought of at least once in their lifetime.
However, as with everything, it comes with its stresses and moving abroad is no easy task, so if you’re considering or planning a move anytime soon, then here are some of the things you might want to think about before moving.
If you need to learn the language
Depending on where you’re moving to, you might be faced with having navigate your way around a country that doesn’t have the same native language as the one you speak, and although there are plenty of resources out there to help with this, it’s not something that everyone finds easy, especially not as adults, and you may not even have the time to learn a language if you’re working full time and have other commitments, so it’s really worth considering if you think being able to live in a foreign country with a second language is something that’s realistic for you.
Although children go to school all over the world, it’s not the same in every country, and some systems are tougher than others. It’s difficult enough moving schools at home, let alone changing to a completely different country.
That being said, it can be a wonderful experience for children, so before you move, it’s worth spending some time researching the school systems of where you plan on moving to and seeing what kinds of schools you can find for your child that could be suitable.
Depending on where you’re moving to, you might find that you require different kinds of insurance. For example, car insurance is a global requirement that you’ll pretty much be required to have no matter where you live, and in some countries, health insurance is mandatory in order to live there, so you really would be best researching this before going.
Another thing that’s worth considering is if it will benefit you to get some kind dental insurance, too. The reason for this is that dental work in some countries can be extremely expensive and dental insurance can really help with it.
Even if you’re not going to take dental insurance, you should still be doing research on doctors and dentists in the area you’re planning to move to, so just have a look online for the best suited practice dependent on location. For example those in the London area can find a dentist in West Wickham that meets certain criteria. Make sure the practice is accepting new patients to see if you can register before you arrive, and of course, tailor the search to your location.
Finding a place to live
Finding a new house or apartment to live in can be enough of a challenge when you’re looking in the town you already live in, so throw a whole other country into the mix and it can get quite stressful.
The best thing is to look for either a relocation agent, though this can cost quite a bit, or take on a temporary place when you arrive and then start looking once you’re in the country as this will likely make things a good deal easier on you.