According to the International Organization for Migration, billions of people live in a country other than the one they are born in. The number significantly increased over the past years, and it is set to reach record figures over the next few years. So, if you are in the process of relocating abroad, you are certainly not alone.
Nonetheless, for many, this doesn’t make the steps ahead less scary. In this guide, we’ll look at the strategies that can actually make the process less stressful and far more enjoyable. Let’s look at all you need to know to become a successful expat!
If you are relocating for work, the chances are that you’ll need to move to a specific place. On the other hand, if you have just decided to move abroad to take advantage of certain work, investment, climate, or tax opportunities, you may have a greater choice of location.
In any case, you should take your time and select a home, neighbor, and city that truly matches your lifestyle expectations. Don’t forget that where you live will determine your health, social life, and even productivity! If in doubt, working with an international or local broker can help you find your way in what may seem like a maze!
Next up, make sure that all of your documents, visas, and finances are in order. This may be the most cumbersome – and, perhaps, boring – part of getting ready to move abroad, but it is also the most important one. You need to make sure that you can legally and financially support your life in the new country. Partner with a local lawyer and take time to assess the cost of living of a place before relocating there!
According to Expat Network, learning the language and culture of the place where you are relocating should be your priority when moving abroad. Not only can understanding locals help you with daily interactions, but having a grasp of the language can help you find a job quickly, integrate within your office in no time, and navigate the maze of local documents you may need to deal with – not least your rental and bank contracts!
Last but not least, you’ll need to move your belongings. This is actually one of the most energy-consuming aspects of relocating, and one that often leads to stress and worry. If you are struggling to manage the logistics of a move, working with professional movers can help you find the peace of mind that your belongings are safe and insured – even if you are moving fragile equipment, valuable art, or awkwardly-shaped items, like furniture and musical instruments.
Moving abroad can be an extremely exciting adventure. Of course, it is crucial to maintain and nurture your roots, but be sure that you are not stuck in the past: being open to new relationships can help you live your new life fully!