4 Tips for Moving Abroad

4 Tips for Moving Abroad

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Moving abroad can be an exciting prospect. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to experience a different kind of life in a different country. Whether you’re looking for more career opportunities or just want to see more sun, there are lots of options for moving abroad.

If it’s something you’re starting to seriously consider, here are some things you may need to think about. Take a look at these top tips for moving to a different country.

Research Countries, Cities, and Towns

Doing your research will be crucial. You need to figure out the best place for you and your family. This means looking at different places and cultures to see what fits your vision.

It’s also worth looking at crime rates and schools in different areas so you know what to expect. If you plan on homeschooling, look at the resources available in the country and what you’ll have access to. Look at the laws and regulations for foreigners living in the country to see what would be expected of you.

Arrange Visas

Unfortunately, you can’t just hop on a plane whenever you feel like it and start a life somewhere else. There are certain documents you’ll need in place before you can travel and start working. These documents may be different in every country so it’s important to check and double check before you leave.

If you intend on staying and working in a different country, the visa you apply for will be different to those you need for a short stay. 

Sell Your Property

If you own property, you’ll need to sell before you leave. For most people, this is what will give them the money they need to invest in a new property in a different country. However, some people like to hang on to their properties so they have somewhere to stay when returning to visit family.

In this instance, it can help to use a quitclaim deed to transfer the ownership of the property to a family member. This means you’ll still have somewhere to stay but if any problems arise while you’re out of the country, someone else has ownership to fix them.

Prepare Your Kids

Moving abroad is a big deal for little minds. They may be both excited and apprehensive about the move. It will help if you visit the area you’re moving to a few times beforehand. 

Let them get to know the area and all the activities they can do while there. If they can make some friends before starting school that will help them to settle in well when you arrive. The fear of the unknown could cause anxiety so the more your kids know, the better off they’ll be.

Similarly, if you have pets, preparing them for the journey and living somewhere new will help to keep things calm as you all find your feet in a new place.

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Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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