It happens to all of us. We fall in love with the places that we visit. One of them might seem like the best of all, it might even feel like the kind of place we should really be living in. For some people, that is the case. Whether you’ve visited for work and want to keep working there or you simply feel like you’ve found your long-lost home after a holiday, here are a few ways to see if it’s right for you.
Spend more time there
While we might occasionally throw out the hyperbole of wanting to live somewhere after staying there once, we should never really mean it. To make sure that you’re truly in love with the country and not just the tourist destinations, you should arrange to have a staycation. Keep your trip relegated to the area that you’re thinking about living in and get to know it more intimately.
Get to know the costs
Making any move is going to cost money. When that move involves plane, train, or boat, then you should expect it to cost more. Look at what it would take to either buy or start renting in the area you want to live in and do your research on the local costs of living, as well. Even if you’re one of those individuals who can do their work anywhere, you need to know how far your income can stretch.
Get help with the process
Whether you’re initially making a move on a work visa, or you’re already living overseas but you want to make it a more permanent thing, it’s going to involve a complicated legal process. As such, you need to ensure that you have some immigration solicitors on your side. They can help outline everything that might be required to make your move extended or permanent.
Be ready for some culture shock
Even if you have visited several times, even for as long as a week at a time, you are eventually going to find the moment where your expectations meet up against reality and chafe. You can prepare for culture shock by getting in touch with other expatriates living in the same country. However, simply expecting it and being willing to accept the differences is crucial. There’s no getting around it, after all.
Find work before you move
In most cases, a move overseas (or turning a residence into citizenship where possible) is going to coincide with a job or job offer that you might already have. However, if that’s not the case, then you should look at the overseas jobs boards available on the net. Most countries have some kind of labour they’re more than happy to import so do your research and see if you can fit any of the roles they’re looking for.
The move to another country is rarely easy, and it’s not always possible. However, even if it is possible, you have to do your research and seriously consider as to whether it’s right for you.