There comes a time in life when many of us get itchy feet – we get fed up with the 9 – 5, the commute or just the weather in our own home locations for example, and to alleviate our itchy feet we need a holiday some place far away and ideally exotic.
For others these itchy feet continue to be a problem no matter how many holidays they have and the only solution to the problem is relocation overseas and a brand new life experience abroad.
Do you find yourself increasingly dreaming of what it might be like to live on the coast in Australia, to explore the delights of Turkey or to spend time getting to know Italy and the Italians? Well then, chances are you need to start thinking about expatriating and living life as a resident or a citizen of another nation.
The British are probably the one nationality in the world with the itchiest feet of all! Last year almost 200,000 British citizens left the UK to escape the not favorable climate, the rising crime statistics and the increasing work hours many are forced to endure thanks to their hefty mortgages! But of those who expatriate and live overseas, many actually return within the first five years because they have failed to make a go of it abroad.
If you want to know how to plan a relocation overseas and a new life abroad there are three main considerations to bear in mind – if you take the time to work through these considerations, chances are you will make the transition abroad a successful and happy one for you and your family
Research the country you are interested in
Pulling up roots and relocating to Istanbul Turkey or Brisbane Australia for example without having taken the time to understand the local climate, culture, job prospects, employment regulations, residency rules and even the local education system and healthcare availability is simply not sensible!
So, you are going to be a stranger in a strange land – but don’t make your life harder and be an ignorant stranger!
Take plenty of time, get a feel for the place before you make a final decision to move there lock stock and barrel – and if either schooling for children and/or employment for you and your partner are going to be essential aspects of your relocation, find out if you can get children into school and even find yourself a job before you move…thus taking the most obvious worries out of the equation.
Contact other expatriates who have already made the move
You will be giving up your social network when you move abroad – so you need to make a new one. Thank God for the internet because you can begin to make new friends before you even move! There are forums and websites like Shelter Offshore dedicated to expatriates and living and working abroad. And through forums you can make contact with others who have made the move before you, glean information from them about what it’s like living day to day in your chosen country and even find out about clubs and events you can get involved with when you move. You never know, you may even build some new and lasting friendships before you even move.
Visit the country for a prolonged period
Selling up and shipping out to Spain, Egypt, New Zealand or Ireland for example without first visiting for a prolonged period and at different times of the year is not a good idea! You need to see a country warts and all in terms of climate and the practicality and reality of spending a lot of time there before you move there.
While you can and should study up on the culture and climate of a given nation you need to live there and explore there for a period of time before you can be sure you want to reside there – you might even consider renting a property overseas first just to test the waters and make sure a relocation overseas and a new life abroad are what you want.