No One Tells You THAT About Moving Overseas
Of course, a life move like this isn’t something any of us enter into lightly. If you’re thinking about it, there’s every chance you’ve researched what the process will involve. It may even be that you’ve relocated like this a few times before. In that case, you’ve got this covered. Get going, already. But, if you’re a newbie, there may be some things even the most extensive research hasn’t taught you. Which is where we come in. To ensure your move is a successful one, you need to consider every aspect. And, we’re going to help you do that by taking a look at the things no one tells you about moving abroad. So, put your passports aside for the moment. Read on to find out whether this lifestyle is for you.
You might want to test the waters before making the move
To say you want to live in a place after spending two weeks there is foolhardy at best. Deciding on your future abode is too vital for rash choices. And, that’s the main reason people make mistakes when choosing a destination. The last thing you want is to move somewhere and then find that it’s not right for you. Imagine all those hours of paperwork and planning you’ll have to put in before reaching that stage. Perhaps a better option would be to spend a month or more in the area. You could book a long-term stay in an Airbnb close by, or you could go all out with a rental house. Either way, this would give you time to experience the lifestyle before committing. To make the best of this time, immerse yourself in local culture as much as possible. Get a feel for what’s on offer, and how you would fit into the community. This method also has the benefit of making the house hunt easier if you do decide to stay. After all, you’ll already be in the vicinity of those house viewings. Plus, this will help you to avoid rash decisions and moving mistakes.
The climate may take some getting used to
Sun, sun, sun. Isn’t that what we all move away for? If you’re native to a hot country, this may not apply to you. But, many people opt to move away with better climates in mind. The trouble is, that sun might not serve you as well as you think in the early days. In fact, you may spend much of your time seeking shade, and guzzling ice cubes like your life depends on it. Why? Because when you aren’t used to extreme heat, your body will struggle to acclimatise. Hence why so many holidaymakers struggle to cope in even the sparsest clothing they own. On sweltering days, the sun could even make you feel pretty nauseous. And if you intend to live and work in a country, that could become a problem. The locals might be able to work in that uniform without worry, but you’ll want nothing more than to strip down to your undies and run into the sea. Perhaps the best thing you can do here is take note of the best time of year in which to move. Even hot countries experience colder temperatures at certain times of the year. Instead of moving at peak time, make an effort to move during that cooler season. Then, you’ve got more time to acclimatise to that heat gradually. And, that could make all the difference to your experience.
You’re going to need to lighten your load
Many of us don’t realize how many belongings we have until it comes to a move like this. But, when you’re looking at moving costs for all your stuff, you may well feel the panicked need to get rid of a lot of it. After all, every item you take with you is going to boost the price of transportation. That’s not what you want. So, before you reach that stage, it’s worth getting rid of anything you can. That means scrapping the trinkets scattered around your home, and even getting rid of the furniture. In truth; big things are going to be harder to ship. You may want to either look for a furnished property or buy anew when you reach your destination. When you consider the issue, there’s a good chance that would actually be a cheaper option. In fact, your best bet (if you can handle it) would be to fit your life into a suitcase. It’s one of those things none of us thinks we’ll be able to do, but it’s easier than you’d realize. Because, when it comes down to it, very few of our belongings are irreplaceable. As long as you have enough essentials to survive with before a big shop, you should be fine. Take along things like toiletries, paperwork, and a decent selection of clothes. Pack, too, anything with sentimental value. Other than that, you could probably do with getting rid.
The cost of moving will be more than you expect
As well as the temptation of the sun, many of us opt to move away because overseas living looks cheaper. It may be that the house prices are a lot less than back home. Or, perhaps the general expense of groceries and such is less. Either way, you may expect to save yourself money with a move like this. And, there’s no reason that can’t happen down the line. But, it’s important to note that the initial costs of moving are going to get painful. That’s a fact. As well as flying to and from during the house hunting process, you may need to pay for visas, insurance, and shipping. On top of which, you’ll often have to pay double taxes and stamp duties which make that cheap house more than you were expecting. While you can do little things to keep costs down, you’re going to need savings in the bank if you want to stand a chance here.
Learning the language will be easier than you think
One thing any expat worries about is the language barrier. Your school language lessons are well behind you now, and the most you know is a standard ‘hello’. How are you meant to live in a community you can’t communicate with? In truth, you should never make an overseas move without intending to learn the language. Some people make it work for them, but this isn’t the way to go. Given you’re in for culture shock anyway, the isolation your lack of communication would cause could ruin the experience. Instead, move with language learning in mind. In truth, this won’t even be as tricky as you expect. While you may need to force yourself into learning basic phrases, there’s every chance the rest will come to you. To those of us who’ve never learnt a language, that idea may seem alien. But, when everyone around you is speaking that way, it would be impossible not to pick up on things. It may only start with a few words here and there, but those few words will soon lead to more. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking the local language without thinking about it all.
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