These are the most common responses I’ve received since I started telling people about my plans to move abroad. As someone who has put a lot of thought and planning into this BIG decision—and as someone who is VERY excited about it—I’ve really enjoyed the varying reactions people have had to my news. But imagine getting these questions and not knowing the answers… it could be very overwhelming!
Here are some of the things I took into account when deciding to move abroad. If you’ve ever thought about going abroad for more than just a trip—or if you’re already seriously considering moving your life to another province, country, or continent—this list is for you!
Planning to work abroad?
- Will you need to apply for a work visa?
- What is the unemployment rate like? What are the largest and emerging industries? Are there jobs in your field?
What’s the day-to-day life like in your new country of choice?
- Do you speak the language? Do you already know a language that would be valuable there?
- What is the cost of living? How much will it cost to purchase everyday things like milk, toothpaste, and bus tickets? How much is rent for a one-bedroom apartment, for example?
- What is health care like in the country? Is it private or public? (You may need medical coverage, especially for longer-term stays abroad, often referred to as expatriate insurance.)
What about friends and family?
- Do you have family or friends there, or any kind of support network?
- How will you stay in touch with home? Are you willing to keep a blog or set aside time for Skype calls?
- If you are in a long-term relationship or have children, will they travel with you?
Thinking of studying abroad?
- Do you need a visa to study there?
- What is the cost of tuition for non-residents?
- How will your degree/certificate be viewed if you return home with it? Will it be valued?
If you can tackle these questions beforehand, there will be very little someone could say to get you off track once you’ve made this epic choice!
The world keeps getting smaller and smaller, which makes our ability to live highly mobile lives easier and easier. Transatlantic journeys by boat that lasted weeks—and immigrating to a new country (like my grandparents did many years ago) with limited information about what might happen when you arrive—is no longer the reality. With a little thoughtful consideration, planning, and research, you can feed your wanderlust to your heart’s content!
So spin that globe and follow your #bliss!
Author’s note: This month I will be moving to Montevideo, Uruguay, where both of my parents are originally from and where I plan on living and working for at least one year. I am so excited to immerse myself in my roots, relish in a slower pace of living, and discover a new sense of ‘home.’ My family and friends have been hugely supportive and I am thankful for all of their curious questions and endless encouragement! Follow my adventure on my blog.
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